By Kori ~ August 27th, 2009.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is sommelier.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Sommelier is a widely used French term for a specialist wine waiter or wine steward. The sommelierâ€™s job is to ensure that any wine ordered is served correctly and, ideally, to advise on the individual characteristics of every wine on the establishmentâ€™s wine list and on food and wine matching. In some establishments, the sommelier may also be responsible for compiling the list, buying and storing the wine, and restocking whatever passes for a cellar.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
A sommelier, also known as a wine steward, is a trained wine professional who most often works in a fine restaurant. A sommelierâ€™s role varies depending on where he/she works, but most are responsible for selecting the restaurantâ€™s wine list, procuring the wine, and making wine recommendations to restaurant patrons.
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