Amy L. Lutchen, Wine Director at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
How did you first become interested in wine?
I was actually bit by the “wine bug” when I was in a completely different industry. I believe it was a 1997 Ornellaia that first caught my attention. From there, I had to discover more. I decided to follow my passion for wine and food and explore all the wine industry had to offer.
What makes a great drink?
Balance is the most important element in my opinion. Acidity, a touch of sweetness and bitterness are what build a great drink. For me bitterness is my favorite component of balance in a beverage.
What do you love most about the dining scene in Chicago?
Diversity is what really makes Chicago a great place for food and drink. We are surrounded by amazing chefs and restaurateurs in our great city. The opportunities are endless and we now have a strong community of sommeliers.
Which local women inspire you?
Alpana Singh was an inspiration to me, and it was an honor to have the opportunity to work with her and the entire team for years at The Boarding House. Also, I am really inspired by women like Jen Schmitt, formerly of Everest, and Viktorija Todorovska, author of food and wine books also an Ambassador to Armagnac and WSET educator.