June Rodil of Austin’s Qui is one of Food & Wine’s amazing 2014 Sommeliers of the Year. Here, her favorite wine spots in her city.
1. The Austin Wine Merchant
I love to tell the story of when I first started getting a feel for the wine life, I wanted to work part-time at this long-lived Austin retail establishment and totally got shot down! I remind the owner of this—a lot. I love this shop. The Burgundy selection lines the wall in order from north to south and there are gems from grower Champagnes to Bandol blancs to killer Piedmont bottlings. And the sale cart always has selections that blow my mind. I went in during Christmas to buy bourbon as gifts for my staff, and walked out with magnums of Dönnhoff Riesling for my own cellar. Dangerous, but so damn good. 512 W. Sixth St.; 512-499-0512; theaustinwinemerchant.com.
2. Trio, at the Four Seasons Hotel
Quite possibly the best happy hour spot for wine lovers in the city. It’s from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday...yes, Saturday, people! My good friend Mark Sayre is the wine director and has great taste, and how can you lose with 50 percent off glasses during happy hour? Especially when they’re things like Sigalas Assyrtiko from Greece or Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo. 98 San Jacinto Blvd.; 512-685-8300; triorestaurantaustin.com.