sommelier

noun
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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The same is true in restaurants, where good sommeliers are more concerned with your happiness than in upselling you to more expensive bottles. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Everyday Wines: The Most Important Bottles You Will Drink," 22 Mar. 2018 The wine list is a deep foray into Italian wines, curated by legendary sommelier David Lynch. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "32 Best Restaurants in San Francisco," 1 Mar. 2018 The concept for Mordeo, whose beverage program is overseen by master sommelier Luis de Santos, was inspired by their travels to Barcelona and the universality of great ingredients. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Las Vegas' Celebrity Chefs Eat Late at Night," 1 Oct. 2018 The other, a Sushi Bar and Vintage Dinner, will feature multiple courses prepared by Nobu, paired with rare sake and wines selected by sake master Hazu and Crystal's own head sommelier. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Try Nobu's famous Japanese-Peruvian fusion cooking on Crystal Cruises voyage," 26 Apr. 2018 Features a six-course dinner with wine pairings from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits sommelier Michael Taylor. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Things to do around Louisville this week: Auto show, B3 Bash, Kid Rock & more," 17 Jan. 2018 Similar to a flute but with a wider bowl and rim, the tulip is a favorite among many sommeliers and champagne houses. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 Different grape varietals — a pinot noir grape, a merlot grape — are different colors, with skins of different thicknesses, explains Cha McCoy, a very patient sommelier based in New York City. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Here is why you look like a vampire.," 18 Dec. 2018 Attached to the hotel is the Petrichor Wine Bar run by Jill Viselli, one of the island’s leading sommeliers. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Inside Hotel Pippa, the Buzziest New Place to Stay on Nantucket," 1 Aug. 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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sommelier

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English Language Learners Definition of sommelier

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

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