It was with great sadness that the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South Central learned of the passing of sommelier and wine educator Thomas Moësse (above).
Thomas, who was born in the United Kingdom but raised in Houston, died earlier this month in New York City where he had been living for the last few years.
While living in Texas, Thomas served for many years as the wine director at one of Houston’s leading Italian food and wine destinations, Divino restaurant and wine bar. He would later go own to co-found and write the wine list at Vinology, one of the city’s most popular wine bars and retailers.
As one of the top Italian wine-focused professionals in the city, Thomas was often the first person that visiting Italian winemakers wanted to see. He was always welcoming and generous with his time, ever eager to taste and listen to their stories.
Over the years, Thomas helped us to organize numerous tastings and events at Vinology and he appeared on many of our trade fair panels. We were sorry to see him move to New York City in 2018 but we were equally thrilled to learn that he had taken the job as wine director of one of America’s most celebrated Italian restaurants, Felidia in Manhattan.
He was one of the most beloved and respected members of the Houston wine community and his unexpected passing came as a terrible blow to all those who knew him.
Please see this tribute by his friend and business partner Patrick McCray, owner of Divino and Vinology.
“Thomas was such a great person and wine guy,” wrote one of Thomas’ guests in a comment on Patrick’s post. “Enthusiastic, very personable, so knowledgeable about wine, eager to help anyone and everyone who wanted to expand their wine experience.”
And please see also this remembrance by chamber partner and wine educator Jeremy Parzen.
To borrow Jeremy’s phrase, sit tibi terra levis Thoma.
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