Crystl Faye Horton
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Crystl Faye Horton has been a fixture of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York since its opening more than 16 years ago. As the Wine Director of the famed restaurant’s sommelier team, Crystl plays an integral role in curating an award-winning wine list made up of more than 2,400 selections and 22,000 bottles, which brings in an impressive $8 million dollar average in sales. This year, the restaurant joined the elite group of Wine Spectator’s 2017 Grand Award winners. One of only three NYC restaurants that hold Wine Spectator’s highest honor, this distinguishes Del Frisco’s wine program as one of the best in the world. A pioneer within the women in wine movement, Crystl was the first female sommelier at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse New York. After beginning her studies with Kevin Zraly at the Windows on the World Wine School, Crystl embarked on an education with the American Sommelier Association, where she is still an active member and staff teacher. Crystl holds a Level Two certification and completed the Advanced Class from the Court of Master Sommeliers. She used her passion for wine to rise through the ranks of Del Frisco’s wine program and continues to showcase that passion on a daily basis. Crystl inspires staff and shares her love for wine through weekly, deductive tasting classes. She also launched a wine education course which is now available to the general public, “Saturday's With The Somm,” taking place at the restaurant each Saturday at 2:00 p.m.