“If you’re not the best waiter on the floor, don’t even bother trying to be a sommelier.”
There is immense power in humor – power to pacify, power to disarm, and power to enlighten. Chris Horn’s quick wit, sly eye, and ability to throw out the right zinger, at just the right time, is a testament to his nearly 30 years practicing the art of hospitality. While he’s risen to the top of the wine world, he’s done so by putting in the hours, by learning the craft, and by always taking the route of humility.
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Chris Horn, Director of Liquids, Heavy Restaurant Group, Seattle
Chris has spent more than 30 years in the restaurant business and is currently the beverage director for the Heavy Restaurant Group based here in Seattle, WA. He fell in love with wine while bussing tables at an Italian restaurant shortly after college, and never looked back. In 2006, he opened Purple Café & Wine Bar as wine director, and now in his current role, he writes the wine lists for nine restaurants. Chris received the Walter Clore Award in 2019, is a former Washington State Sommelier of the Year, Seattle Magazine Sommelier of the Year, and co-author of ‘Cook + Cork: A Chef and a Sommelier Spill the Secrets of Food and Wine Pairing.’