som·​me·​lier | \ ˌsə-məl-ˈyā How to pronounce sommelier (audio) \
plural sommeliers\ ˌsə-​məl-​ˈyā(z) How to pronounce sommeliers (audio) \

Definition of sommelier

: a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service : a wine steward

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Robert Barron is the sommelier at Fullerton's The Cellar. Paul Hodgins, Daily Pilot, "Adult Beverages: Fullerton’s Cellar Restaurant inducted into exclusive Barons de Rothschild club," 25 July 2019 The sommelier pried out the ancient cork in one piece and a few fragments and poured a splash in my glass. Garrison Keillor, Harper's magazine, "Hurrah for the Plaza," 22 July 2019 Justin Vann, co-owner of Public Services Wine & Whisky, is the sommelier behind Theodore Rex's strong wine selection. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "3 Houston restaurants named among Wine Enthusiast's 'America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants'," 14 June 2019 All ticket holders will get to explore the Grand Tasting and will have access to chef and sommelier demonstrations on a first come, first served basis. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "31 restaurants to try at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience at Salt River Fields," 1 July 2019 Rusty Worrell, the sommelier and wine consultant at Western Market in Mountain Brook, now runs the Greenwise wine room. Shauna Stuart |,, "This Birmingham- area Publix has a bar with wine and beer on tap," 8 July 2019 Barolo has one of the largest Italian wine programs in the country, led by owner and advanced sommelier Ryan Fletter. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Four Colorado spots make Wine Enthusiast’s 100 best wine restaurants," 13 June 2019 At Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, sommeliers Crystl Faye Horton and Kristin Beckler proved more communicative and, Mr. Bucklin noted, a lot more fun. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "How a Bottle Makes Its Way Onto a Wine List," 21 June 2018 Arvid Rosengren, an award-winning sommelier, is a partner here and has assembled a mostly French and Italian wine list. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Legacy Records Lends Several Dining Options to Hudson Yards," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sommelier

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sommelier

French, from Middle French soumelier official charged with transportation of supplies, from Old French, pack animal driver, probably alteration of *sommerier, from somier pack animal, from Medieval Latin saugmarius, from Late Latin sagma packsaddle — more at sumpter

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: a waiter in a restaurant who is in charge of serving wine

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