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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The eatery is owned by master sommelier George Miliotes. Lauren Delgado,, "First bite: Wine Bar George in Disney Springs," 1 June 2018 Thursday, May 24: Adega will hold a tasting with resident sommelier Michel Emerick. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Evening of Champagne at 750ml Wines, Stroll Through France wine dinner, Talley Vineyards at L'Albatros, more," 15 May 2018 Each dinner will feature three dishes each from Barnett and the guest chef and cost $150, including beverage pairings from sommeliers Brent Braun and Christopher Sky. Michael Russell,, "This Portland restaurant plans to channel some of the most celebrated French chefs of all time," 25 Apr. 2018 The sample size was small, only 13 sommeliers compared with 13 people in other professions. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Even Just Smelling Wine Could Help Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia," 14 Sep. 2016 And, if members need a little something to ease the tension of flying, the Centurion Lounge will feature premium wines and specialty cocktails from both a sommelier and mixologist. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "American Express' Exclusive New Airport Lounge Has a Spa and 'Tranquility Area'," 12 June 2018 German, Austrian, Alsatian and northeastern Italian wines populate an impressive list offering surprisingly dry reislings alongside sweeter wines selected by Liter House general manager and sommelier Lindsay Slone, formerly of Tinker Street. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Liter House restaurant brings German beer, food south of Broad Ripple," 11 July 2018 Liedholm is still corporate wine director for John Howie Restaurants, backed by a team of eight sommeliers at Seastar and five at John Howie Steak, but the 48-year-old father of three was an amateur distiller for years. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Backed by his boss, John Howie, sommelier/master distiller Erik Liedholm pours his heart and talent into award-winning liquors," 20 June 2018 Stein, former chef and baker at Common Bond in Houston and Bouchon in California, is a sommelier at Camerata at Paulie's. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Camerata wine bar to open second location in 2019," 11 July 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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