From Rock to Rhône
As a rock drummer in London in the late 70s, North Carolina native Eric Solomon walked into a popular wine bar looking for work to supplement his meager income as a musician. Here he would discover that his future vocation was not rock but wine. Due to his interest and aptitude, his employer sponsored his studies at the Institute of Master of Wine – one of the first Americans to enroll in this program. Later settling in Manhattan after being politely asked to leave the UK for overstaying his visa, Eric began his new career as a wine importer and talent scout. His growing reputation in Europe and the US as a new, dynamic and successful importer quickly caught the attention of wine writers, sommeliers and those who liked to “drink off the beaten path.”
While his early discoveries focused on the then more obscure regions of France, Spain, and Italy, many of his early discoveries like Daphne Glorian of Clos Erasmus, or the Armenier sisters of Domaine de Marcoux and their appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Priorat are now quite well known. Still, it remains the talented, young vigneron(ne), the established estate that reinvents itself, the rediscovery of nearly lost terroirs and their indigenous, heirloom varieties that defines Eric’s work today as much as did when he founded European Cellars thirty years ago. For his efforts he was awarded Best Importer of the Year by Food and Wine Magazine and he has been a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional five times.
Who Are You?
Who Are You? Is a selection of young talent, new projects, rediscoveries, and reinventions that represents not only the future of Eric Solomon’s work as an importer, but also as a tribute to those he’s partnered with over the last three decades.