Before embarking on a hospitality career that has taken her to award-winning restaurants from coast to coast, Amy Racine’s passion for the industry began as a child around the dinner table in Cleveland, Ohio. Following high school, Amy attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, followed by a year in the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.
While working at Michelin-starred Sons & Daughters in San Francisco, Amy honed her pairing expertise and progressed in her formal wine training, receiving her Level 3 certification from The Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2014, she was named one of the “Best New Sommeliers” by Wine & Spirits Magazine and Zagat’s “30 Under 30” for San Francisco.
Craving the New York hustle and bustle, Amy accepted the Wine Director position at Chef John Fraser’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Dovetail, in 2016. After earning Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” award for Dovetail, she grew into the Beverage Director role for JF Restaurants – Chef Fraser’s full-service hospitality group. Today in New York, Amy directs the beverage programs for restaurants including IRIS in Manhattan, La Marchande on Wall Street, four food & beverage concepts, including The Terrace & Outdoor Gardens, inside The Times Square EDITION, and Long Island’s North Fork Table & Inn. Supporting Chef Fraser’s unique culinary vision from the beverage side, Amy leads innovative cocktail creation and development of the group’s extensive wine lists and pairings while fostering close collaboration with the teams at each restaurant to curate an excellent beverage program for guests.
Since joining JF Restaurants, Amy’s has earned POPULAR at The Public Hotel, IRIS, The Terrace & Outdoor Gardens, 701West, Ardor, and North Fork Table & Inn Wine Spectator's “Award of Excellence.” Additional restaurant accolades include Wine Spectator’s (2020) “Best Of” award and Esquire’s (2020) “Best Bars in America” at 701West, as well as Ardor’s nomination for “Best Cocktails'' at Tales of the Cocktail (2022). Amy alone was named Esquire's “Beverage Director of the Year” (2021) and has most recently been nominated for “Sommelier/Beverage Director of the Year '' by Wine Enthusiast (2022).