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Robby Younes

Robby Younes on Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 List

#HipNJ would like to shine some spotlight on Passaic County resident and Crystal Springs own Robby Younes. He has been named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 2018 40 under 40 Tastemakers! Younes is the only tastemaker from New Jersey this year! The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes winemakers, beverage directors, brewers, grape growers, and others who are shaping todays’ beverage industry.  Those who make the list are known as innovators and risk takers, and Robby Younes is just that! 

Educated in France, Robby spent several years working in boutique hotels. Then, in his twenties, he quickly became an executive. He joined Crystal Springs Resort as Food & Beverage Director of Grand Cascades Lodge in 2008. He and Gene Mulvihill, the owner, expanded the Wine Cellar, turning it into one of the largest collection of fine wines in the country. Younes changed the entire restaurant portfolio as Regional F&B Director and Wine Director and also opened the Chef’s Garden, a garden offering a seasonal dining experience. In addition, as V.P. of Hospitality, he oversaw the elevation of Grand Cascades Lodge to AAA 4 Diamond status and led the renovation of Minerals Resort & Spa. He also created the  annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, bringing some of the world’s best chefs to Crystal Springs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, David Bouley, Francis Mallman, and more.

For over ten years, Robby has overseen the Crystal Springs wine program, starting as Director of Food & Beverage and becoming Wine Director and Vice President of Hospitality and Resort C.O.O. Though he has never stopped building the award-winning wine program. The program holds Wine Spectator’s highest honor, the Grand Award, and was recently inducted in the Wine Enthusiast‘s Restaurant Hall of Fame. Thanks to Robby, this wine program is the best of the best!

Food Friday: Restaurant Latour

Restaurant Latour and their remarkable Wine Cellar at Crystal Springs Resort added a new honor to the many praises and awards they have received since their opening. This month they found out that they were inducted into the Wine Enthusiast America’s Best Wine Restaurant Hall of Fame!

A recurring participant on Wine Enthusiast’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list, this year Restaurant Latour was elevated to the newly created Restaurant Hall of Fame. The restaurant joins industry stars such as The French Laundry, Per Se, Daniel, Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park. In all, over 30 restaurants were enshrined in the Hall of Fame –Restaurant Latour is the only one from New Jersey.

Also this month, Wine Spectator once again awarded Restaurant Latour its highest honor, the Grand Award – only 91 restaurants worldwide hold the distinction. Restaurant Latour has received this prestigious award every year since 2006.

Overseen by Crystal Springs Resort C.O.O Robby Younes and Wine Director Susanne Wagner, the Wine Cellar at Crystal Springs is considered one of the finest collections of wine in the country with more than 105,000 bottles. Restaurant Latour and the Wine Cellar are located at Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ

https://www.crystalgolfresort.com/dine/latour/