Empire State South and Five & Ten
Steven Grubbs is Wine Director and Sommelier for both Empire State South in Atlanta, GA and Five & Ten in Athens, GA. He began working for Chef Hugh Acheson as a bus boy at the Five & Ten at its inception back in 2000, where he soon became a wine-interested waiter. Eventually Acheson--who had been pulling triple duty as chef, handyman, and beverage director--handed the wine reins over to Grubbs. In 2010 they partnered in opening Empire State South, a glorified haberdashery of sorts that hopes to rethink modern southern cuisine while also cultivating serious wine, cocktail, and coffee programs. When Grubbs isn't decanting he is likely to be found playing music, sailing, or breaking something on his car. He is also a writer, and has been published by Food & Wine Magazine and Time.