Cafe Escadrille’s Wine Director Miguel Escobar is responsible for ensuring the continued excellence of our award-winning Wine Program at Café Escadrille. His favorite wines include Rioja, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir, but he's also a fan of lesser-known grapes from around the world.
Miguel, whose family traveled extensively when he was growing up, says his passion for food and wine started at an early age as he experienced the delicacies of many countries and cultures. He also credits his father’s cooking and his family’s weekly dining out excursions as key factors that cemented for him the importance of food. These experiences taught him that food and – of course – wine, play a key role in celebrating many of the important occasions in one’s life.
During graduate school, Miguel developed a passion for cooking and for wine – a passion that began on a tight budget buying bargain bin bottles, and eventually grew to include higher priced imported selections. While attending Boston University, he trained alongside culinary legends Jacques Pépin and Alain Sailhac. He also studied under Wine Masters Sandy Block and Bill Nesto, and completed his Level Three Certification in Wine Studies.
When he’s not holding a wine bottle or a set of tongs, Miguel can be found riding his motorcycle, taking photographs, keeping tabs on the world financial markets, and watching his favorite programs on The History Channel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in Communications from Simmons College, and a culinary degree from Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop School. He also earned an Advanced Sommelier Certification from London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
For over a decade, during his career in hospitality in the greater Boston area, he has held titles that include Sommelier, General Manager, and Beverage Director.