Seattle’s Chris Tanghe, who achieved the prestigious and difficult certification as a Master Sommelier last year, has been named a 2014 Sommelier of the Year by Food & Wine magazine.
Tanghe, wine & service director for downtown’s newish Spanish-influenced restaurant, Aragona, made the list of 7 sommeliers nationwide because “he reminds Americans that Spain is one of Europe’s greatest wine-producing countries,” according to the magazine listing.
Best-of lists are everyday events in the food world, but Food & Wine’s annual designations are generally a category apart, curated with care and considered a career milestone.
We talked with Tanghe last year about how he got his start studying wine before he was old enough to legally drink. Before Aragona, he had worked at RN74, but his long Seattle resume also includes time at The Herbfarm, Crush, Canlis, Matt’s in the Market and Marx Foods. In a glowing review of Aragona (owned by Jason Stratton, with chef de cuisine Carrie Mashaney,) Providence Cicero singled out praise for Tanghe for “his erudite wine list, and for educating the staff on which wines play well with which dishes.”