Who's the hottest wine guru in Houston? That would be Vanessa Treviño-Boyd, beverage director and sommelier at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge.
First Treviño-Boyd was named one of the seven top sommeliers in the country for 2012 by Food + Wine magazine. Now Wine Enthusiast has included Philippe on its list of the 100 best wine restaurants in the country — the only restaurant in Houston to make the list, although Houston-based Pappas Bros. Steakhouse did merit a mention for its Dallas location.
Of course, being a great wine restaurant is about more than just the wine list. Treviño-Boyd lists her favorite pairings as the combination of fish and red wine, like chef/owner Philippe Schmit's monkfish with Niçoise olives and chorizo vinaigrette alongside M. Chapoutier’s Crozes-Hermitage.