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Jen Bingham

Cru 5: Noel Cruz, Owner of Ichicoro Ramen, Ichicoro Imoto, and Ichicoro Ane

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Just what is “Tampa Ramen”? And why was it first discovered in NYC (and now available in Alabama)? Noel takes us through the start of his Ichicoro empire, and how he introduced ramen to the Tampa Bay area. Thank goodness he did it right. After opening Ichicoro Ramen in Seminole Heights in 2015, new locations have been popping up like cloud-ear mushrooms. Is there more to come? And what’s his secret to maintaining excellence even as he grows and experiments?

Featured Wine: Allípallá 2016

Featured Restaurant: Acapulco Mexican Grocery and Taqueria
(813) 873-3665
1001 N MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33607

Cru 4: Julian Mayor, Beverage Director at LOCALE Market and FARMTABLE Cucina

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LOCALE Market and FARMTABLE Cucina
179 2nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The world-famous Michael Mina Group took St. Petersburg by storm when they opened LOCALE and FARMTABLE Cucina downtown. Despite it being a success from the beginning, the group never stopped trying to make it even better. Their efforts have refined the concept and given it a narrower focus, and Julian Mayor can share what it took to oversee the subtle transition. Join us as he explains his own transition from DC power-player to Somm tastemaker.

Featured Wine: Donkey and Goat “Fenaughty Syrah”

Featured Restaurant: Viva Napoli
4301 El Prado Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 443-8500

Cru 3: Ty Rodriguez, Co-Owner of Rooster & the Till

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Our guest is Ty Rodriguez, Co-Owner of Rooster & the Till. www.roosterandthetill.com What do you ask the man with the hottest restaurant in town? He and Chef Ferrell Alvarez Ty have grabbed the national food spotlight with their perfectly executed restaurant. Everything from the food to the plating, the service to the wine, is sharpened to a fine edge.

After leaving a job as the General Manager of a NYC institution to come to Tampa, Ty joined the team at another institution: Mise en Place. That’s where he met Chef Ferrell, and the two of them immediately formed a powerful and enduring relationship that saw them through years of work and the development of a new institution: Rooster & the Till. But hold on to your huitlacoche, something new is in the works! Find out all about their new project in this episode.
Featured Wine: Aubry Premier Cru Brut Champagne

Featured Restaurant: Hotel Bar
200 N. Tampa St., Suite G-100, Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 533-2650

Cru 2: Zach Groseclose, Wine Director of Cru Cellars

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Zach Groseclose

Zach Groseclose is the accomplished Wine Director at Cru Cellars. www.crucellarstampa.com From a somm in NYC to the cutthroat world of internet wine sales in Florida, Zach has done it all. Check out his take on Natural Wine (is it just a fad?), his philosophy on designing a wine list, and how he likes his pizza (hint: with wine).

Featured Wine: Meyer-Fonné Pinot Noir Reserve 2015
(Also mentioned: Aubry Premier Cru Brut Champagne, 2008 Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Riserva, and Dm. des Deux Ânes)

Featured Restaurant: Fabrica
142 S. Meridian Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 605-0764

Cru 1: Jennifer Bingham, Owner of Cru Cellars

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jennnifer bingham

Welcome to the first episode of “At the Wine Bar with Cru Cellars”! Featuring Jennifer and Torrey Bingham, Owners of Cru Cellars: the Best Wine Bar in Tampa Bay. (www.crucellarstampa.com)  Jennifer is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In this mini-sode, Jen gives a preview to the excellent info you can expect from this podcast (covering great wine, the wine biz, and restaurants in Tampa Bay), all while she’s tasting through a pop-quiz blind tasting.