A central focal point in the Alizé dining room is a two story “wine tower” ensconcing more than 5,000 bottles of sought after wines that, as a collection, has won Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence. Claudio Vigani, the man at the helm, serves as wine director at Alizé. He has been with André Rochat for more than 25 years.
His career began in a local restaurant in Sarnico, Italy. At the age of 20, he moved to London to refine his service skills at The Grosvenor House Hotel and at the restaurant, Cecconi’s. After his time in London, he set sail, working aboard the Queen Elisabeth II. Two years later, he worked for the Brock Hotel Corporation in Dallas, and went on to open French restaurants throughout the Kansas-Iowa-Missouri area. Through the years, he honed his skills for creating wine lists and training staff for classic European table service in the art of fine wines. Vigani proudly showcases an award-winning wine list that features more than 2s500 labels and 15,000 bottles.