Wine Word of the Week: Sommelier

By Kori ~ August 27th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is sommelier.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Sommelier is a widely used French term for a specialist wine waiter or wine steward. The sommelier’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 establishment’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.

Layman’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 sommelier’s role varies depending on where he/she works, but most are responsible for selecting the restaurant’s wine list, procuring the wine, and making wine recommendations to restaurant patrons.

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