General Manager & Co-Owner
First love: architecture. Second love: wine. Fortunately for us they come together at Le Mistral, where guests enjoy Sylvain’s design influence and the restaurant’s sophisticated French atmosphere, along with one of the most outstanding collections of French wines in Houston.
Like most kids fresh out of college, Sylvain marched off to that first job, ready to work toward a successful career in construction and civil engineering. Sure, the world needs those folks, but it needs to eat well and savor wine first. Coming to terms with those priorities, Sylvain surrendered to the seduction of food and wine. Training, hard work and more training — and of course the requisite “sacrifice” on the Côte d’Azur — ultimately earned Sylvain the prized position of sommelier.
When brother David pitched the idea of Le Mistral in Houston, Sylvain waved goodbye to the French Riviera and relocated to the Texas Gulf Coast. Houstonians have welcomed him, his expertise and marvelous wine list with open arms. And what a list, indeed! Châteaux from the well-known regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy are complemented by a wide variety of wines from all over the world. Sylvain caters to the wine connoisseur, as well as the wannabes, and is available most nights to help patrons with their selection.
Ready for a real treat? Each month, Sylvain and Chef David showcase their combined talents with wine dinners, highlighting specially-selected vintages that exquisitely complement four- and five-course meals. Join us sometime soon and you’ll see what a treat it is!