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Posted: 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Arro wine program brings two Master Sommeliers to the table 



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A pair of Austin residents have accomplished the almost unthinkable, becoming a Master Sommelier, of which there are only 180 in the world and 118 of those reside in the United States. Devon Broglie, left, and Craig Collins, right, have earned that right and boast the lapel pins to prove it. They toast their accomplishment with a Brut Roederer Estate sparkling wine.

By Emma Janzen

What's better than having a certified Master Sommelier helm your wine program?

Having two Master Sommeliers helm your wine program. 

That's exactly what the team behind 24 Diner and Easy Tiger has in store for their new restaurant concept, Arro.

Austinites Craig Collins and Devon Broglie are two of only seven wine experts in Texas (and 201 worldwide) who have achieved the title of Master Sommelier. Together, they will develop and maintain the wine offerings at the French casual restaurant that will open in the former Haddingtons building on West Sixth Street in June. 

Executive chef and partner Andrew Curren says he wanted the two to collaborate because "two heads are better than one! Arro is a project where every aspect of the menu and service will be headed up by an expert, from breads to desserts to beverages to design. We are pulling out all the stops in order to create a fantastic dining experience."

Curren's relationship with Collins goes back to their university days at Texas A&M when they were roommates during a semester abroad in Italy. In the press release, Collins said a collaboration is something they've talked about doing for about 15 years.

Collins is currently the Regional Sales Manager at Dalla Terra Winery Direct, and Broglie works as the Whole Foods Executive Coordinator of Purchasing for the Southwest Region. They'll keep their "day jobs" as they move forward with the collaboration at Arro. Chef Curren explained "This is just a chance for three friends to collaborate on a beverage program that will be unique and over the top, but most importantly, accessible."

In addition to the wine, Arro will also have a full beverage program "with respect paid to classic cocktails, and "food-friendly beers (eight on tap and a thoughtful bottle selection)," Curren said.

Emma Janzen

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