Levi Dalton Speaks with John Ragan

Danny Meyer's right hand wine man


You might be following our continuing series of interviews which Levi Dalton snagged with some of New York's most important and influential sommeliers this past summer. While editing and producing each video has turned out to be a project in and of itself, we are committed to bringing you all 10 of the fabulous interviews.

Of course, things change as time plays out, and while John Ragan was the wine director at 11 Madison Park when Levi interviewed him, he has since moved upwards and onwards to assume the role of wine director for Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group. So, while some specific recommendations might no longer be specifically true, John's interview remains an important glimpse into the life of a top sommelier and how he make his way through the complex New York City wine scene.

John Ragan Full Video Part I

As wine director at 11 Madison Park, John Ragan took inspiration from New York City, combining the international and the national to arrive at a well considered list that made sense both for the menu that Chef Daniel Hamm created and for the clientele that dined with them. Learn how John Ragan saw his responsibilites as well as how he handled them.

Pairing Wines

Pairing wines and food is one of the integral elements of any sommelier or wine director's role. Learn how John viewed 11 Madison Park's food and what he did to pair wines with each dish.

John Ragan Full Video part II

Part II of the full interivew of Union Square Hospitality Group's Wine Director John Ragan.

Hiring Tips

Aspire to break into New York's ultra competative wine scene? Take tips from John Ragan and hear what he looks for in a candidate.

John Ragan Full Video Part III

Part III of the full interivew of Union Square Hospitality Group's Wine Director John Ragan.

Johns Speaks Carema

Check out the gem of an Italian wine that John pulls out to discuss with Levi and learn about the rare wine.

John Ragan Full Video - Conclusion

The conclusion of Levi Dalton's full interview with Union Square Hospitality Group's Wine Director John Ragan.

Hot Topics

John shares the details of wine conversations that are moving within the New York wine community these days and how they effect his list.

Photo courtesy marc.cappelletti via Flickr/CC

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