Jack Mason

Sommelier
Jack Mason

Houston

About Jack Mason

Jack Mason, Master Sommelier at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, achieved MS status at the very young age of 27. He is one of only nine esteemed Master Sommeliers currently in the state of Texas, and one of 153 Master Sommeliers in the United States. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mason developed a fondness for the food and beverage industry while working in local restaurants in his hometown of College Station, Texas. Mason’s interest in wine was piqued when taking a wine education requirement class, while pursuing a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. Mason soon left to enroll in Hospitality Management at Cornell School of Hotel Administration. It was there he met his future mentor, Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars, and became a wine course Teaching Assistant. To further his education, he spent summers back in College Station working within wine shops and restaurants. Mason returned to Texas following his graduation to begin his career in Houston as a Sommelier at the Grand Award-winning Pappas Bros. Steakhouse while simultaneously studying for and passing the Advanced Exam of the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2013, Mason moved to New York City to work in various notable restaurants. He refined his knowledge and passion of Italian wine as Sommelier of several Michael White Italian restaurants, including Ai Fiori and Marea. The following year, Jack joined famed restaurateur Danny Meyer to open Marta as the wine director, where he focused on wines from southern Italy and furthered the team’s beverage education. In 2015, Jack was inducted into the Court of Master Sommeliers. Mason decided it was time to return to his roots and moved back home to Texas in November 2016. He re-joined Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Houston as master sommelier at both the Houston Galleria and Houston Downtown locations. He is responsible for an inventory of more than 60,000 bottles of wine and close to 3,000 selections from the restaurant’s extraordinary wine collection. In his current position, Mason informs guests on the nuances of wine quality that make for a stunning dining experience. He also is responsible for providing continuous wine programs and education for both the wait staff and patrons. Mason has been featured in Forbes’s annual “30 Under 30” list of outstanding young professionals nationwide, Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list in New York City as was named Wine & Spirits “Best New Sommelier 2015.” He was also featured in the series “Uncorked” on the Esquire Network that followed his journey to receiving his MS certification. In his personal life, this Master Sommelier enjoys spending time with friends, cooking and working on the house he shares with his wife Carly, daughter Penelope and their Goldendoodle, Mr. Bojangles.

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Accolades

  • Forbes “30 Under 30”
  • Zagat’s “30 Under 30” in New York
  • Wine & Spirits “Best New Sommelier 2015”

Behind the Scenes

Yayyy France!! 🇫🇷 (and Italia
"Yayyy France!! 🇫🇷 (and Italia too 🇮🇹 🤗) All great pairings for some smoked prime brisket and chicken 🇺🇸!"
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Incredible day getting to hang
"Incredible day getting to hang out with the Chevalier du Tastevin and pour some okay Burgundy... thanks team River Oaks CC for hosting. Great to meet & hang-out with Laurent Ponsot!"
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Always a great way to end an
"Always a great way to end an exam!"
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Some pretty good juice for
"Some pretty good juice for today’s DTW in Houston!! Had a blast hanging with @billelsey!"
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Incredible last visit in
"Incredible last visit in Australia 🇦🇺 with Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker, at the Magill Estate. Perfect way to end our tours on a high note. @penfolds"
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Incredible last visit in
"Incredible last visit in Australia 🇦🇺 with Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker, at the Magill Estate. Perfect way to end our tours on a high note. @penfolds"
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