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An iconic figure in the wine industry, Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey is the co-owner of Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Colorado, and Tavernetta in Denver. Stuckey’s restaurant concepts were inspired by his travels in Italy with his business partner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson—in particular, by the frascas, or farmhouse-style restaurants, of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and the traditional pizzerias of Naples. In the 15 years since it’s been open, Frasca Food and Wine has received multiple James Beard Foundation award nominations, and in 2013 the restaurant earned the foundation’s prestigious award for Outstanding Wine Service.
Stuckey is also the co-owner of three wine labels: Scarpetta, which produces red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines, primarily in Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Squadra Wines, a joint venture with producers outside Friuli-Venezia Giulia; and Frico, another line of Italian wines, with two—Frico Frizzante and Frico Lambrusco—that are sold in cans.
Before opening Frasca, Stuckey spent a decade working for both The Little Nell restaurant in Aspen, Colorado—where he was a sommelier—and The French Laundry in Yountville, California, where he was the wine director. Over the past 25 years, Stuckey estimates that he’s blind-tasted about 7,800 wines. Here, he takes SevenFifty Daily’s Supertasters challenge, blind-tasting a red wine from our partner Lamole di Lamole (imported by Santa Margherita USA).
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