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Best New Sommeliers of 2016

by Caitlin Griffith  lagniappenyc • posted on September 12, 2016

Each year we put a call out to wine directors across the country, asking them to nominate the best new talent they've spotted working the floor in restaurants. They voted in eight up-and-coming sommeliers who all share a depth of wine knowledge, a warm presence with guests and the respect their colleagues. We're pleased to announce our Best New Sommeliers of 2016!




Erica O’Neal, Italienne, NYC



Justin Timsit, late of Lacroix Restaurant and The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, soon to be at Gramercy Tavern, NYC



Victoria James, Piora, NYC





Caleb Ganzer, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, NYC



Rachel Van Til, Mabel Gray, Hazel Park, MI


Spencer Chaffey, Mason Pacific, San Francisco, CA


Nicole Hakli, Acme, NYC


Mariel Wega, a.kitchen + bar, Philadelphia

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 photos by Mike Rush; photo of Rachel Van Til by Joe Vaughn; photo of Spencer Chaffey by Alison Christiana Photography