Armando Dawdy – Wine Director/ Mgr – Brenners on the Bayou


Armando Dawdy

Armando Dawdy was born in Houston, Texas, on November 16, 1962. Francesca Avondale Dawdy has been Armando’s wife since June 6, 2002. Liam and Connor, their two boys, were born to them. In 1986, Armando graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. As of August 2009, Armando has been the wine director at Brenner’s on the Bayou. As a general manager at Pesce Restaurant, a wine director at Tony’s Restaurant, and a bar manager at the Ritz-Carlton, he has a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry.

It’s now possible to find wine from Argentina to Australia, from Spain to South Africa, and everywhere else in between! According to acclaimed wine director Armando Dawdy, the best grapes are only grown in the most prestigious areas in the world.

All throughout the world, including North America, “exquisite wines are now being made,” explains Armando Dawdy, Brenner’s OnThe Bayou’s famous director of wine.

Located in Houston, Texas, Brenner’s OnThe Bayou is an exquisite steakhouse and bar that dates back to the 1930s. It debuted in 2007. Dawdy, onthe other hand, is a seasoned wine expert from Richmond, Virginia. It’s no secret that Armando Dawdy has toured the world in search of the finest wines. As well as being highly well-read ont he subject, Brenner’s OnThe Bayou’s wine director knows very little about the millennia-old art of wine making.

Among the world’s best wine areas today, according to experts, are Napa Valley in California, Burgundy in France, and Maipo Valley in Chile, to name a few. Napa Valley is located in Northern California, about 90 minutes from San Francisco, in the Golden State of California. As Dawdy notes, “Napa Valley is today by far the most well-known wine area in North America, renowned across the United States and even internationally for varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.”

In contrast, “Burgundy is not just one of France’s best and most popular wine areas, but is also probably one of the world’s finest,” he says. While Burgundy’s famed red wines are created solely from Pinot Noir grapes, its white wines are exclusively made from Chardonnay grapes, Armando continues to explain in his book. TheMaipo Valley in Chile is also on Dawdy’s list of places to see. “Maipo Valley, located in central Chile, is becoming known as South America’s Bordeaux,” says the expert.

It’s been more than a decade since Armando Dawdy has been performing at Brenner’s OnThe Bayou. Over the past decade, Armando Dawdy has served as the resident wine director at Brenner’s OnThe Bayou in Houston, Texas.

Prior to joining the team in August 2009, Dawdy had comparable positions at numerous other well-known and well-loved local businesses. It includes working as a wine director at the upscale Italian restaurant Tony’s Restaurant and as the bar and grill manager at the Ritz-Carlton.

It’s been more than 11 years since Dawdy joined Brenner’s OnThe Bayou, and the premium Texan steakhouse is focusing on preserving local traditions alive, she adds. In a beautiful locationon Houston’s Buffalo Bayou, this restaurant offers spectacular views from every table.

Armando Dawdy, a native Texan, earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston. Armando and Francesca have been happily married for over 20 years. Both Liam and Connor were born to the couple and, they now live with their two boys in Richmond, Texas, which is about 30 minutes from downtown Houston.

Armando Dawdy’s hobbies include basketball, golf, and painting.Brenner’s OnThe Bayou’s Armando Dawdy shows a selection of the restaurant’s ideal white wine types from North America.

As a result of California’s Sonoma County vineyards and wineries, North America’s wines are becoming increasingly well-known across the world. Armando Dawdy, an industry specialist who specialises in white wines, shares a selection of his favourite.

In his role as Brenner’s OnThe Bayou’s wine director, Armando Dawdy has the opportunity to exhibit many of the world’s finest wines, including an increasing number from the United States.

“Brenner’s OnThe Bayou’s” wine director, Armando Dawdy, is a native of Texas. While working in the local beverage business, Dawdy also had significant roles at Tony’s Restaurant in Houston and the Ritz-Carlton in Houston. Brenner’s OnThe Bayou’s massive and well-curated wine list is the focus of the expert’s attention, but he’s particularly interested in theAlexana ‘Revana Vineyard’ Riesling.

“This is a wonderful white wine from the Willamette Valley in California, not Napa or Sonoma County,” explains Dawdy. Additionally, Brenner’s “Interesting White” category includes theAlexana Pinot Gris, he says.

Unsurprisingly, Armando Dawdy’s presentation of his favourite American white wines concludes with a selection from Napa Valley. Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is a personal favourite of mine from Napa Valley,” he continues.

Baker’s OnThe Bayou’s wine director adds that Rutherford-based Cakebread Cellars is one of Napa’s more contemporary vineyards, known for its magnificent glass-walled bottle library. “Interesting Whites” is a section of Brenner’s onThe Bayou’s ever-expanding wine list that includes each of these wines, he continues.

Dawdy brings the wine selection to nearly 500 bottles.

In honour of Armando Dawdy’s ten-year tenure as Brenner’s On The Bayou’s Wine Director, the terrifying wine list now boasts more than 500 varietals from all over the world. For example, there are American white wines and imported red wines, champagne and sparkling wine and port and sherry. Dessert wines are also available at the restaurant in Houston. The price of a bottle can range from $50 to over $3,000.

University of Houston graduate Armando Dawdy has a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. Francesca, the wine expert’s wife of over 20 years, is a wonderful companion. The couple has two boys, Liam and Connor, and lives in a suburb of Houston, about 30 minutes away.