Hai Tran had no intention of entering the wine business. A first-generation Vietnamese-American, born and raised in Orlando, Fla., Tran attended Duke University with ambitions to attend medical school. But a position waiting tables led to a job with a local wine distributor, which in turn introduced him to An New World Cuisine's Vietnamese chef and owner, Michael Chuong. Tran spoke with Wine Spectator's tasting coordinator Nathan Wesley about pairing wines with the chef's innovative dishes.
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