som·​me·​lier | \ˌsə-məl-ˈyā \
plural sommeliers\ˌsə-​məl-​ˈyā(z) \

Definition of sommelier 

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

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In college, Chua had been a member of a wine club presided over by Josh Decolongon, a fellow science major who eventually dropped out to train as a sommelier. Hannah Goldfield, WSJ, "An Exclusive First Taste of Lab-Made Whiskey," 1 Oct. 2018 As an adult, Webster opened a local restaurant, owned a vintage clothing shop in Big Sur and even worked at Nepenthe as a sommelier. Wallace Baine, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why did Old Hollywood celebs love Big Sur so much?," 31 May 2018 Leveritt's resume includes work as manager, sommelier and director of operations at restaurants including Aries, Gravitas, Hotel Icon and El Big Bad. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Dominick Lee named new chef of Poitin," 1 Feb. 2018 One of the goals of Julia Sullivan, the chef and an owner, who opened the restaurant with the general manager and sommelier Allie Poindexter, was to fill the void in Nashville’s oysterscape. New York Times, "A Nashville Restaurant That Tastes as Good as It Looks," 4 Jan. 2018 Meera, a graphic designer, earned a sommelier certificate. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Winery That Fits in a Closet," 12 Oct. 2018 Certified sommelier Tony Stein act as general manager of Camerata in the Oaks. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Camerata wine bar to open second location in 2019," 11 July 2018 The California cuisine features a menu of seasonal ingredients with European influences, and the bar program will offer a wine list of more than 150 selections curated by wine buyer and sommelier Nemanja Pejcic. Carolina Gusman,, "No matter how you Poke It, Hillcrest eatery introduces Mexican spin to Hawaiian fare," 5 July 2018 Chef de cuisine Ryan Swanson and certified sommelier Kevin Lewis collaborate to pair each course with wines from Arizona’s own Rune Wines. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 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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