And it's well deserved, too. Tidwell is the sommelier, beverage manager and overall wine guru for the Four Seasons in suburban Dallas, and is a semifinalist for the James Beard award for outstanding restaurant wine service for his work at the Four Seasons' Cafe on the Green. Best yet, James believes in Texas wine, and has always done his best to promote it, both at the Four Seasons and in his role as co-founder of TexSom, the Texas Sommelier Association.
The final nominees will be announced on March 21, and the winner will be announced May 9. The Beards are the food and wine business' equivalent of the Academy Awards, and they include a glitzy awards ceremony. If James is a finalist, will he wear a tux? If so, I'll run a picture on the blog.
The semifinal list has some big names on it, but the other one that impressed me is Glenn Bardgett, who runs the wine program at Annie Gunn's in suburban St. Louis. Glenn is also a huge advocate of regional wine, and he is helping us with our DrinkLocalWine.com conference in St. Louis in April, which is focusing on Missouri wine.