Chada Thai & Wine's Bank Atcharawan is a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year. He joins an exalted list of 10 published in their April issue. Food & Wine senior wine editor Megan Krigbaum's standards for this award include qualities of "setting trends, whether they're rejecting written wine lists, rallying around small California producers, pairing food with beer or otherwise redefining what it means to be a sommelier."
Atcharawan was caught in the magazine's national radar, "after running the best Riesling-based wine program in the country (at Vegas' Lotus of Siam), he has created a sensational list at his new Thai restaurant, Chada, where he is both sommelier and chef." Pulling from that list, Atcharawan tips producer Jolie Laide in the Russian River Valley as a favorite and reveals "Oregon's Trisaetum makes the best domestic Riesling I've ever tried."
· Food & Wine Announces Its 2013 Sommeliers of the Year [Eater National]
· All Coverage of Chada Thai & Wine [~ELV~]
Bank Atcharawan [Photo: Food & Wine]