5@5 - Sommelier Paul Grieco
July 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Paul Grieco is the general manager and sommelier of Hearth restaurant, as well as two wine bars, Terroir and Terroir Tribeca, in New York City.

The irreverent wine guru is known for searching out inspiration in the more far flung regions of the vino world.

As a self-proclaimed Riesling-fanatic, Grieco's passion for the white wine runneth so deep, he dedicates an entire season to it. The "Summer of Riesling" includes temporary Riesling tattoos, a Riesling wine bar crawl, a concert featuring "four bands chosen for their high acidity, elegant concentration of fruit and incredible sense of place" and an audience with the Riesling Queen from Germany.

When he's not beating up Bordeaux or swirling Scheurebe, he's teaching his sons the important lessons about life in the restaurant biz.

Top Five Things He Wants to Teach His Sons: Paul Grieco

1. "The difference between a Mosel Riesling and a Rheingau Riesling."

2. "How to cook meat properly: let it rest."

3. "Hospitality and service are very different things ... and hospitality matters most."

4. "Always manage from the bottom up."

5. "Soccer is the greatest game ever." (Editors' Diagnosis: World Cup Fever)

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. shane

    big beard haha

    July 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  2. Matt Robinson

    I would like to see some craft beer brewmasters in the hot seat. Vinnie Cizurlo from Russian River Brewing, Tommee Arther from the Lost Abbey brewing, Nick Floyd from Three Floyd's brewing Co, or Ron Jeffries from Jolly Pumpkin that is really bluring the line of what great American beer can really be.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  3. joe

    Another fanatic for Riesling(besides myself) is the "Master" Doug Frost. I'd like to see an article about Doug.
    By the way I like to express the taste difference between Mosel and Rhinegau Rieslings as Lemons and limes vs plums and apricots.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
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