40 Under 40 Tastemaker 2019 Richard Hanauer, 36
Each year, we take a look at the next generation of innovators leading the world of wine, spirits, cider and beer forward. Our 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list represents some of the best talent in the country working to push the boundaries of what’s possible in drinks culture.
From a sommelier-turned-activist working to boost hospitality professionals from marginalized backgrounds, to a duck farmer that launched her own wine label and contributes to wildfire reconstruction efforts, here are your 40 Under 40 making their mark on the drinks world—in 2019 and beyond.
Wine Director, RPM Restaurants;
Proprietor/Wine Director, Bar Ramone, Chicago
A somm’s work is never done
Hanauer oversees the enormous cellars at RPM Steak Chicago, RPM Italian in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a huge, new Windy City riverfront complex centered around RPM On The Water, the group’s largest venue to date. If that’s not enough, he’s also a partner and wine director at one of Chicago’s best wine bars, Bar Ramone, where the Spanish-inspired menu meets an eclectic global list.