Since Maplewood, NJ is a swift 30 minutes from New York City on the Midtown Direct, I thought I’d send you over to see my Cousin, Lex Kiefhaber, at Smith and Wollensky for a steak and a glass of vino. Check out this awesome article recognizing him as one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers for 2014! Sidle up to the bar for some vino and tell him I sent you.
“Lex Kiefhaber, 28 (left) and DLynn Proctor, 34 (right)
Wine Director, Smith & Wollensky, New York City
Helms one of the world’s most storied steakhouse wine lists
At only 29 years old, Kiefhaber, wine director at legendary New York City steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, is bringing a fresh approach to one of Manhattan’s most storied wine cellars. Kiefhaber, a Yale graduate, worked previously in a variety of restaurant roles—bartender, server, manager and writer—before taking on his current challenge.
Brand Ambassador, Treasury Wine Estates, Napa, CA
Actively mentoring a new wave of sommeliers
One of the men featured in the documentary SOMM, Proctor works as brand ambassador for Penfolds wines, helping to spread the gospel of high-quality Australian wine. He’s also actively involved in training and mentoring new generations of aspiring sommeliers.”