Rising through the Daniel Boulud empire ranks from Palm Beach's Café Daniel to Miami's db Bistro Moderne, sommelier Christopher Birnie-Visscher seeks to curate a wine list "full of variety, with room for exploration." We stole time with him at a recent rosé dinner to learn a little more about him and get his wine picks for summer.
Finding His Niche: "I ended up picking up Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly, casually reading it while I would have a glass of wine. After about two weeks, I had to put the book down—there was so much information that I wanted to research . . . I haven't stopped since."
Perfect Wines for Summer: "If you'd like something old world, you can look at a great sauvignon blanc from northern France's Loire Valley. Alsace, in eastern France near the German border, makes some great dry rieslings. Rosé is also a perfect way to go, from southern France or the Mediterranean. The torrontés grapes from Argentina are great for summertime. It is perfect as an apéritif."
Up and Coming Regions: "Southern Australia is known for their full-bodied red wines, but they are getting a lot of attention for making more cooler-climate wines. These include Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula within Victoria, which make fantastic chardonnay, pinot noir, and cool-climate shiraz. I think Brazil is creating a flow of steady, quality of wine; they have a lot of vines per acreage and a lot of foreigners are visiting to help provide quality wine."