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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Candace Olsen, the head sommelier at Charlie Palmer's New American restaurant Aureole in New York City, advises that the best white wines should be served between 46-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Rachel King, Fortune, "Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 Accessibility is an important part of Barron’s philosophy as a sommelier. Paul Hodgins, Daily Pilot, "Adult Beverages: Fullerton’s Cellar Restaurant inducted into exclusive Barons de Rothschild club," 25 July 2019 Several airlines employ sommeliers to select wines serve in-flight, and Delta’s conducts tastings in the air as well as on the ground. Lauren Zumbach,, "Airlines are trying to improve their food, but feeding people at 35,000 feet is no easy task. At United, employees ‘torture test’ the dishes.," 22 Aug. 2019 These sorts of depictions exaggerate the very real discussions at vineyard wine tastings and at tables with sommeliers. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Inside the calculated race to create the next drink of summer," 17 July 2019 Robert Barron is the sommelier at Fullerton's The Cellar. Paul Hodgins, Daily Pilot, "Adult Beverages: Fullerton’s Cellar Restaurant inducted into exclusive Barons de Rothschild club," 25 July 2019 The sommelier pried out the ancient cork in one piece and a few fragments and poured a splash in my glass. Garrison Keillor, Harper's magazine, "Hurrah for the Plaza," 22 July 2019 Justin Vann, co-owner of Public Services Wine & Whisky, is the sommelier behind Theodore Rex's strong wine selection. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "3 Houston restaurants named among Wine Enthusiast's 'America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants'," 14 June 2019 All ticket holders will get to explore the Grand Tasting and will have access to chef and sommelier demonstrations on a first come, first served basis. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "31 restaurants to try at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience at Salt River Fields," 1 July 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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