In this week's episode of sommelier Levi Dalton's I'll Drink To That podcast, he sits down with Lee Campbell, wine director at Reynard. She talks about her career in restaurants in the 1990s and how she got over her fear of New York and her belief that "wine was all about making other people feel stupid." When asked about Post restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo's rant about pretentious wine lists—wherein he specifically takes aim at the regional French list at Reynard—she says:
What would I really say to the Post? I don't know, when I saw what that man wrote ? it's like the old curmudgeon who doesn't get where progress is going. I don't hate Bordeaux, I just think there is another reality out there that I just can't believe that you don't see. I'm just flabbergasted that you don't see what is going on in the world around you.
Campbell also talks about how things have changed at the restaurant since the Times review and sums up their attitude toward critics and naysayers.
Our ego isn't caught up with "You can't tell us what to do, and we're better than you, and we know better." I think that we meet people on equal ground; we're not above them, but we're not below them either. We hear what people say, and we might choose to listen and we might choose not to.The interview in its entirety is worth a listen and can be found via the website or iTunes.
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