David Lynch, Owner & Wine Director
In 2012, sommelier and author David Lynch added a new title to his résumé: restaurateur. St. Vincent is his first venture, and while the restaurant and shop feature great wines from all over the world, Italy remains his first love: his award-winning book, Vino Italiano (Potter; 2002) remains the reference of choice for Italian wine lovers. David is also a Contributing Editor at Bon Appétit, where his “Wine Insider” column appears regularly.
David was previously the Wine Director of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Quince and its more casual sibling, Cotogna, and was featured on the cover of San Francisco Magazine in August 2011 as the magazine’s “Wine Director of the Year.”
Prior to his arrival in California in 2009, David was the longtime Wine Director, then GM, of New York’s famed Babbo Ristorante — the flagship restaurant of Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich’s B&B Hospitality Group. During his tenure, he grew Babbo’s wine program into one of the nation’s best, winning a 2004 James Beard Restaurant Award for Outstanding Wine Service. It was David’s collaboration with Bastianich on Vino Italiano that led to his joining the team at Babbo; previously he had been a magazine writer and a Senior Editor at Wine & Spiritsmagazine, where he won a James Beard Journalism Award for his writing. Having remained active as a journalist throughout his restaurant career, David’s writing has been seen not only in Bon Appétit but GQ, Food & Wine and many other publications. His second book with Bastianich, Vino Italiano Buying Guide, was revised and re-released in 2008, the same year that he released the satirical Wine Snob’s Dictionary (co-authored with Vanity Fair scribe David Kamp and published by Broadway Books).
In the Kitchen: John Thurmond
In October of 2014, St. Vincent welcomed chef John Thurmond. John's most recent endeavor had been a successful pop-up dinner series created with two close friends called "The Other Guys." John's lengthy resume includes renowned restaurants across the country and extended experience in farming. His years spent traveling the US to work with farms and restaurants from upstate New York through California imparted expansive knowledge of raising vegetables and livestock in addition to honing his culinary technique, giving John a profound understanding of what it really means to feed people. He brings a wealth of skill and passion to SV, evolving the restaurant's hearty "American tavern" fare.
About St Vincent
St Vincent is named for St Vincent of Saragossa, a 3rd Century Spanish deacon who was the Patron Saint of Vintners. His legend is especially profound in Burgundy, France, where and annual wine festival is held each January in his honor.
We were contacted by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Marcarthur Barally, who made this documentary about this annual festival, known as the 'St-Vincent Tournante.' Check out his great film here: