laV has yet to open it’s doors, but is giving us a peak inside what we are to expect with the restaurant and wine bar. Although it won’t open until early March, it has already offered tastings of its menu with pop-up dinners, charity events and the Say laV food truck.

Sommeliers for the soon to open treasure include Darren M. Scott and Rania Zayyat along with co-owner and advanced sommelier Vilma Mazaite. Scott previously worked for Mario Batali’s prestigious Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca where he managed the bar program and portfolio selection which included 1,500 bottles of Italian wine. Zayyat reigns from Houston’s Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, and is the only holder of the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award in Texas and only one of 78 award-winners worldwide. Co-owner Mazaite boasts  work experience from wine programs for the Wynn Resort, Steve Kalt’s Corsa Cucina, Paul Bartolotta, Mario Batali’s Babbo restaurant in NYC and the Little Nell hotel.

laV’s wine list will be offering a strong selection of mainly French wines. Highlights from the list include a ’45 Latour, ’61 Haut Brion and the 1996 Musigny from Roumier.

Visit the restaurant in early March at 1501 East 7th Street in East Austin.
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