David Gordon was the starting point guard on the Madison High School basketball team in 1978; his dream of playing in the NBA for the NY Knicks was greatly impaired when he stopped growing at 5’8”. Realizing that he was slow, short and white, he abandoned his dream and decided to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, which led him to Tribeca Grill in 1990. The closest he has come to the NBA was when he recommended wine (Chandon de Briailles Corton Blanc, to be exact) to Michael Jordan the night before he dropped 55 on the Knicks.
At the same time, he has garnered critical acclaim and a Wine Spectator Grand Award for his wine program, which includes 1800 selections, of which 300 are Châteauneuf du Pape. In addition to being wine director at Tribeca Grill and Nobu, David also created the wine program at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City as well as more than a few restaurants in New York. He served as a consultant for Continental Airlines for 10 years, and has been featured in articles in many publications including the Wine Spectator, New York Magazine, Food Arts, Wall St. Journal, Wine and Spirits and Time Out NY. He has been leading the wine service at La Paulée since its inception in 2000 and also participates as a guest sommelier each year at Wine Spectator’s Wine Experience.
David produces his own wine under the Jeanne Marie, Bacchus and Sandy Cove labels, which are available exclusively from David Bowler Wine. His three point shot is deadly but he still can’t go to his left. His hobbies include watching his daughter Ginger grow up and bowling with Robert Deniro every Thursday night. Favorite wine- Châteauneuf du Pape, especially Château Rayas, Henri Bonneau, Saint Préfert and Barroche.