Sommelier of the Year

Austin restaurateur honored as wine superstar by top magazine

Austin restaurateur honored as wine superstar by top magazine

Bufalina wine corks
Bufalina serves some of the best wine — and pizza — in town. Bufalina/Instagram

This calls for a toast. Austin pizza and wine connoisseur Steven Dilley, owner of Bufalina and Bufalina Due, has been named to Food & Wine magazine's 2017 list of Sommeliers of the Year.

The former finance worker is a wine enthusiast-turned-chef-turned-restaurateur. "Dilley's approach reflects someone who fell in love with wine first, and then got into the restaurant business because of it. Maybe that's why he feels there's no reason his pizza places shouldn’t be home to truly great wines, up to and including grand cru Burgundies," says Food & Wine.

Dilley isn't a certified sommelier, but you wouldn't know that by reading his expertly curated wine list. A wide array of reds, whites, and bubbles complement Bufalina's ever-changing menu, no matter the Neapolitan pie pie on offer. This is why it's not only one CultureMap's top picks for pizza, it's also one of the best destinations for wine in Austin.

The local expert also shared some of his top picks for springs sips with the magazine, ranging from a pleasant (and affordable) Muscadet to a picnic-ready Chenin.

Dilley is the only Texan to land on this year's list. The last Austin representative to make the cut was Vilma Mazaite, from the now-shuttered la V, in 2015.