André Hueston Mack

Years of Participation

Iconoclastic sommelier André Hueston Mack was the first African-American to be named Best Young Sommelier in America by Chaine des Rotisseurs. He was a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s renowned French Laundry before opening Chef Keller’s three- Michelin-starred Per Se. As one of the top professionals in the wine industry he has worked with the likes of Amazon, Cadillac, eBay, National Rental Car, Microsoft and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain's “The Taste” and NBC’s “Uncorked”.

In 2007, he founded Maison Noir Wines which incorporated his trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. For the last decade, Mack has made his wines in the Willamette Valley. They can be found in the best restaurants and retail stores in 45 states and 11 countries.

A self-taught graphic designer, Mack designs all of his labels as well as a t-shirt line for Maison Noir Wines. Additionally, he authored and illustrated Small Thyme Cooks, the world’s first culinary coloring and activity book. With Abrams Books, Mack is currently writing a memoir with a focus on the wines which have featured prominently in his life.