Sean Beck

Beverage Director, Mixologist, Sommelier
Sean Beck


About Sean Beck

Like many college students, Sean worked as a waiter to supplement his income, but he quickly discovered his love of and talent for wine. Born in Rochester, New York, Sean graduated from the University of Houston’s prestigious Honors College, majoring in English and History. The full breadth of his palate and talent can be seen in the distinct wine and beverage programs he has created and continually refreshes at Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s and Caracol, which consistently win accolades in national competitions. Sean has been invited to sit on judging panels locally, nationally and internationally, and Charles M. “Bear” Dalton of Spec’s Fine Wines & Spirits has referred to Beck as the “Dean of Houston Sommeliers.” He has been awarded Serviceperson of the Year and Favorite Mixologist and Outstanding Wine Service Award at the Houston Culinary Awards. Nationally, Beck is one of just seven sommeliers picked to represent, an industry-run site dedicated to getting more people into drinking and enjoying wine.

My Venues

  • Hugo's
    1600 Westheimer Rd
    Houston, TX
  • Xochi
    1777 Walker St Ste A
    Houston, TX


  • Numerous Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Awards
  • Houston Culinary Awards Serviceperson of the Year and Favorite Mixologist and Outstanding Wine Service Award

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

Somebody really turned into
"Somebody really turned into the tail spin on this one. #vodka"
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Gotta love the beauty of the
"Gotta love the beauty of the Aperol Spritz. Always delicious and it's a gateway to drinking sparkling rose. #aperolspritz"
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Really exceptional pairing
"Really exceptional pairing last night at the Jim Beam tasting with Fred Noe by Justin Yu and the team @#chefjustinyu"
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Getting ready to do what we do
"Getting ready to do what we do best, treat a bunch of people to a wonderful night of Chef Hugos fantastic food and tremendous wines. While providing a serious dose of hospitality. Love doing wine dinners! Ken Freeman and Freeman vineyards are in the house. . . . . #goodlife"
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Playing with my martini as
"Playing with my martini as encouraged by @jason.kosmas Today's version is a 50/50 blend with La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Blanc, Fords Gin, Grapefruit bitters and fresh blood orange peel. Seriously rich in texture and luxuriant mouthfeel on this one. Gets that brioche pastry with a nutmeg and stone fruit character on the tail end. A martini you taste for minutes after each sip. . . . . . . #thethirstyparent"
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If you don't find bubbly at
"If you don't find bubbly at least a little bit mesmerizing then I can't help you. . . . . . #imbibe"
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At My Venues