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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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 All were somehow connected to the restaurant industry: chefs, line cooks, servers, bartenders, a bouncer, a sommelier, a retired restaurateur. Amy Scattergood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the restaurant industry is tackling its substance abuse problem," 6 June 2019 Lynch, also co-founder of SommSelect and an author, is a sommelier at New York City’s Babbo. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "On sale now: Detroit Free Press' Wine + Food Experience returns Sept. 14," 5 June 2019 James is our celebrity sommelier, the Orson Welles of his time—if Orson Welles had been averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists, instead of bugging people at dinner parties about Paul Masson. Jason Gay, WSJ, "I Won’t Whine About LeBron’s Wine," 3 Jan. 2019 Copper Vine sommelier Lydia Kurkoski will lead the pairing, which takes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ann Maloney,, "Father’s Day, summer dining deals: Food events through June 19," 11 June 2019

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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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