Samuel Morrell opens a small wine store on East 49th Street with his wife, Charlotte. 3 generations of Morrells follow.
Morrell Wine Bar & Café opened at One Rockefeller Center, next to the newly relocated retail store, as the first “wine bar” in the city
Morrell Wine Bar and Café is awarded World’s Best By-the-Glass Wine List by The World of Fine Wine.
Beverage Director and General Manager
Anna is a graduate of the first Intensive Sommelier program
Morrell Wine Bar beverage director and general manager, Anna-Christina Cabrales brings a wealth of wine and culinary experience to her position. Growing up in a large family of chefs, Anna’s love of food and wine led her to the International Culinary Center which she received a grand diploma in Culinary Arts for French Cuisine and graduated from the first Intensive Sommelier program. Outside of pursuing her Advanced Certification under the Court of Master Sommeliers, she enjoys her time dining and enjoying wines from the regions of Champagne, Northern Rhone, Bandol and Burgundy. Since joining Morrell in 2012, Anna-Christina has expanded the by-the-glass selection to at one point more than 150 wines. Her efforts were rewarded since 2014 when the prestigious quarterly, The World of Fine Wine voted Morrell Wine Bar’s glass list “Best by-the-glass Wine List” and since 2015 has attained the Best of Award of Excellence award from Wine Spectator by growing the bottle list well over 1,200 selections.
Christian is a Certified Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers, a certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators, and a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Program.
A New Jersey native, Christian graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management. Upon graduation, he moved to Florida to begin work at The Walt Disney World Resort, most notably as part of the management team for Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where he helped to oversee the beverage program.