Sommelier Paula Rester just can’t stay away from Congress and the rest of La Corsha Hospitality Group’s restaurants — lucky for them.
Integral in establishing strong wine programs in Austin dining spots, Rester returns to Austin from New York City, where she moved in September 2014 to serve as sommelier at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group’s Italian concept Maialino.
In her new role with La Corsha Hospitality Group, she’ll act as wine director for each of the group’s restaurants: Congress, Bar Congress, the Second Bar + Kitchen downtown and at the Domain, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill and the soon-to-be renovated Green Pastures. She’ll begin the new position on Dec. 1.
“I am excited to return home and take on this greater and more challenging role,” Rester said in a press release. “It’s an honor to be trusted with the responsibility of curating the wine lists for some of the best restaurants in the city.”
Rester’s role strengthening wine programs in this city runs deep. In addition to working as sommelier and wine director at Congress off and on from its opening through last year, she’s also spent time at Vino Vino and Uchi. Under her leadership, Vino Vino was declared one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, an honor that only a couple of other local spots, including Congress, have gotten.
As wine director for all La Corsha restaurants, Rester will be a boon for them, according to Scott Walker, vice president of operations at the restaurant group.
“We are growing very quickly as a company and to have Paula return to create, educate and maintain the various wine programs is a great benefit to the company, our employees and our guests,” Walker said in the press release.