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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Recent Examples on the Web And for the first time ever, a prominent master sommelier resigned from the Court because of the ongoing issues. Kellie Hwang,, "Bay Briefing: Learning to coexist with coronavirus," 22 June 2020 Jason Hisaw, an advanced sommelier and Texas Wine Portfolio Manager for Republic National Distributing Company, says that barbecue is a natural fit for Texas wines. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "6 Texas wines to drink with barbecue," 24 June 2020 Wine geeks and foodies likely know Cronin as the former sommelier at Highland Park restaurants Sachet and Homewood. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "New wine bar Trova, near Highland Park, hopes to be ‘a really happy place’ in uncertain times," 29 June 2020 Since the organization’s founding in the U.K. in 1977, only 269 people have ever passed that grueling final test and gained the title — and pin — of master sommelier. Esther Mobley,, "Court of Master Sommeliers, facing racism charges, to eliminate “master” address," 19 June 2020 The first is six wines from the Russian River Valley accompanied by a private tasting and exploration of the area with the Estate sommeliers, Tiffany Kuhn and Kevin Patterson. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "These California Wineries Are Hosting Virtual Wine Tastings," 10 Apr. 2020 Sessions include vineyard updates, virtual visits to the estate, and virtual wine tastings with the sommelier, who also offers food and wine pairing suggestions. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Virtual wine tastings: Texas wineries go online after tasting rooms shut down," 9 Apr. 2020 Thankfully, the team at Wine Access includes a master sommelier, master of wine, and an international wine judge who taste over 20,000 varietals every year and handpick the best options for each price point. Travel + Leisure, "7 Wine Delivery Services That Bring Happy Hour to Your Doorstep," 7 Apr. 2020 But the film gets across the amount of esoteric knowledge required for those who want to be master sommeliers. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Uncorked': Film Review," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Sommelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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

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