Bartender Buddha: Meet Those Shaking Up The Connecticut Cocktail Scene
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Wilson Siguenza, Harvest Wine Bar
Wilson Siguenza is part of the tight-knit Ecuadorian-born family behind Harvest Wine Bar and four other Fairfield County restaurants; his cousins Vicente, Kleber and Nube own Cava Wine Bar in New Canaan, Scena Wine Bar in Darien, 55 Wine Bar & Restaurant in Fairfield and the original Harvest Wine Bar in Greenwich.
"I started as a busboy in New Canaan," he said, then moved on to barback, bartender and server roles. Now he's managing the five-month-old New Haven outpost of Harvest, which is a new market for the family of restaurateurs. He's building relationships with the city's younger clientele, saying he's working with Yale students to bring in DJs and hoping to create a lounge atmosphere at night.
Harvest caters to its wine lovers with plenty of choices by the bottle and glass, and its cocktails, like the food, change with the seasons. Warm weather will highlight flavored mojitos and a spicy grapefruit margarita, along with the pineapple and coconut vodka-based Harvest Infusion with a touch of blue Curaco adding a beachy hue.
Also popular are the barrel-aged cocktails. Aged about two months in small oak barrels, these include a white Manhattan with dry gin, Carpano dry vermouth and Cocchi Americano; a Negroni; and a Boulevardier. Siguenza says younger customers are attracted to the Harvest Mule, a mix of American Harvest vodka, ginger beer and lime juice served in a flashy steel mug.
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