new wine director for Cosmo | Business
Damon Lobato, the new wine director of Cosmopolitan, is a man of many tastes. While vino is his livelihood, he indulges in several other hobbies, including collecting records and working with wood in his spare time. Thanks to his love of wine, he has traveled the world, including a stint in Europe, but it was a love of a different kind that recently led him to the San Juans and subsequently to his new post with the Cosmo.
“Put simply, I fell in love with a beautiful and charming woman and fate directed me to Cosmo,” he said.
Lobato’s journey began at a very young age, working in several small, wine-focused, chef-owned restaurants. He explained that he learned early on to surround himself with people who have the same passion and a similar vision is the key to success. After graduating from Metropolitan State University in Denver with a liberal arts degree, Lobato pursued viticulture and his love of all things wine related. He obtained his advanced sommelier certification in 2006, which has allowed him to build an impressive resume. He’s worked at the Palace Arms in Denver and the Penrose Room in Colorado Springs, as well as the Compound in Santa Fe, all of which are the very definition of fine dining.
Lobato casually mentions that he has been a part of several premium wine and restaurant programs awarded by James Beard during his career, but he does not put his heart and soul into the industry for accolades or recognition. external recognition.
“As far as I can tell, I have been involved with many award winning restaurants and certifications, these are the people who have come up through the restaurant ranks under my leadership,” he added. “It’s a sublime feeling when some have thanked me for inspiration.”
Likewise, he enjoys interacting with guests and said he was more than impressed with the way everything is handled at Cosmo.
“Believe it or not, I look forward to meeting the community and creating an experience for our guests that is better than it already is,” he said. “I was extremely impressed with our food, wine, staff and organization. I would like to add more value to what is already in place.
Regarding Cosmo’s wine list, he said customers can expect “a few things” as he settles into his new role and puts his personal touch to it.
“First of all, the wines will all complement (chef and owner) Chad Scothorn’s cooking. This is the most important factor for me and for our restaurant, ”he explained. “In addition, I want to carefully select wines that offer immediate drinking pleasure, but which also express their individual character and their origin. All the wines on our menu will be acquired by committed producers respectful of tradition, not afraid of innovation, cultivating their vineyards with a strong concern for environmental sustainability and developing their wines with a constant concern for quality and quality. authenticity.
Lobato’s favorite wine is a 2018 Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Lieu-dit Vernon, which is a white wine from northern Rhône, Rhône Valley, France.
“Look for this on our list soon,” he added.
If Lobato sounds like a contender for the title “Most Interesting Man In The World”, it’s because he is.
Besides knowing his way around a wine cellar, he’s also a devoted doggie dad to his puppies Maizy and Ziggy, and he runs his own Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/NoMadDesigns77) to sell his carpentry designs.
“I started making custom epoxy resin furniture during the pandemic,” he explained.
When he wants to relax, he likes to put on a good vinyl record; his most popular being “Something Else” from 1959, with Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Hank Jones, on the Blue Note label.
The Cosmo is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to book, visit cosmotelluride.com.