Best New Sommeliers

There are sommeliers, and then there are well-educated wine geeks. There’s a big difference, and it’s clear at table: While both know loads about wine, the sommelier is a hospitality professional, at the ready to guide you to your next great bottle.

To find out who are the stars of tomorrow—the people who excel at sommeliering in both the hospitality and wine knowledge aspects—we asked their toughest critics, their peers. And then we interviewed the people who garnered the most votes, to find out how they’ve gotten where they are so quickly.

Budding sommeliers, take notes. Diners, plan your dinners accordingly. Here are profiles of the Best New Sommeliers, with access to profiles from previous years' winners as well.

Past Best New Sommelier

Best New Sommeliers of 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 introduce our Best New Sommeliers of 2016.