Sommelier Alexander LaPratt of DB Bistro Moderne - Biography
New York, NY
Detroit native Alexander LaPratt discovered his passion for wine as a not-quite-legal 19-year-old working at Morels, a hometown bistro. He had the opportunity while he was at Morels to work with the influential Master Madeline Triffon, who ran the restaurant’s wine program. With Triffon as a mentor, the young, wine-loving LaPratt saw a future for himself as a sommelier. Michael Mina Wine Director Rajat Parr was another mentor figure to LaPratt, and eventually convinced the young somm-wannabe to follow his passion to a career, and the West Coast. LaPratt’s natural aptitude and passion have been flowing ever since. LaPratt has not only earned his Advanced Sommelier certificate, but also acted as first ever cellar sommelier at Thomas Keller’s iconic The French Laundry.
Now on the East Coast, LaPratt plays a role in Daniel Boulud’s The Dinex Group. Today he oversees his own wine list as head sommelier at the group’s DB Bistro Moderne, with a pairing philosophy and love for the classics that emphasizes pleasure above all (without sacrificing affordability). In April 2011, LaPratt earned the title of “Best Sommelier in America” at the American Sommelier Association competition and finished second in the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier National Finals just a month later. He also took first place in the New York Ruinart Chardonnay Challenge (a blind tasting event that brought together New York’s sommelier community). This Champagne-lover’s perfect food and wine pairing? A glass of bubbly (preferably a blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims region with no malolactic foundation, ahem) and a classic Alsatian tarte flambé.