Steven Morgan

Photography by Anjali Pinto, www.anjalipinto.com

Wine Director at Formento's Restaurant

Steve Morgan is the Wine Director at Formento’s restaurant in Chicago. After graduating from Wesleyan University with honors in 2004, he began his wine career in Chicago as part of the opening team at Osteria Via Stato in Chicago with Lettuce Entertain You. While originally just a job to earn money while writing, in 2006, Steve had the opportunity to work in Trentino with Elisabetta Foradori at Fordori Winery. It was here he fell in love with wine. In 2008, his sommelier career began at Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali’s Del Posto in New York. From there, he moved on to Dressler restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to act as Service and Wine Director. In the spring of 2011, Steve took on the role of head sommelier at Tribeca Grill. Here he oversaw the Grand Award Winning wine list with wine director David Gordon. During his time at Tribeca Grill he was fortunate enough to work harvest at Larkmead Winery in 2012. The opportunity to work at the 3 Michelin Star Alinea restaurant drew him back home to Chicago. The education he received there in food, hospitality, service and wine pairing was instrumental in his development as a wine professional. In November 2014, he left Alinea to open Formento’s, an Italian American concept, which opened its doors on January 14, 2015 with a collection of nearly 600 labels just to start. Steve is also the co-founder of Squire Wine Co. and has been featured as part of the Wine and Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt, Le Metro Wine Club, Chicagoist and more. Steve prefers to get his hands dirty in the vineyard more than study for exams, views wine lists as narratives and covertly educates his guests on where their wines and vines come from.