Erin was just 12 when she started bussing tables and delivering food on foot for a downtown restaurant in her hometown of Eureka Springs. She was just five days past her 21st birthday when she went to work for Joe Fennel at Jose’s on Dickson Street.
“I walked in the kitchen and this guy wearing an apron and washing dishes introduced himself as Joe Fennel, the owner. I didn’t believe him at first.”
She has been with Joe ever since, moving from Jose’s to Bordinos in 2003, where she began a life-long study and love of wines. In her role as Beverage Director, Erin is responsible for selecting the restaurant’s wine, designing the popular wine flights, consulting with Executive Chef Matt Scott on wine parings, and occasionally filling in as a speaker for wine events. Her work has been recognized by no less of an authority than Wine Spectator, which has honored Bordinos with an annual Award of Excellence every year starting in 2006.
Favorite Bordinos entrée: “The Duck Breast, hands down. It’s especially good paired with an Oregon Pinot Noir.”
Favorite Bordinos beverage: “My favorite wine varietal is Cabernet Franc, but I’m also obsessed with rose´.”
Favorite thing about Bordinos: “I love introducing new wines to customers. When someone tells me they don’t like a Chardonnay, I take that as a challenge. There are thousands of expressions of Chardonnay, for example. I know I can find one they like.”