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.


Most Recent Interview

Erica O’Neal | Italienne, NYC

interviewed by Stephanie Johnson

Meet Erica O’Neal, wine director of the soon-to-open Italienne in New York City. When she moved to Colorado in 2011, she looked up Bobby Stuckey, MS, co-owner of Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine, and got a foot in the door as a reservations host. Any free moments she invested in stocking the cellar and shadowing sommeliers,...

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More Best New Sommeliers of 2016


Mariel Wega | a.kitchen + bar, Philadelphia

interviewed by Luke Sykora | posted on October 6, 2016

Victoria James | Piora, NYC

interviewed by Joshua Greene | posted on October 5, 2016

Justin Timsit | Lacroix Restaurant and The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia

interviewed by Stephanie Johnson | posted on October 4, 2016

Rachel Van Til | Mabel Grey, Hazel Park, MI

interviewed by Caitlin Griffith | posted on October 3, 2016

Spencer Chaffey | Mason Pacific, SF

interviewed by Luke Sykora | posted on September 30, 2016

Nicole Hakli | Acme, NYC

interviewed by Caitlin Griffith | posted on September 29, 2016

Caleb Ganzer | Compangie des Vin Surnaturels, NYC

interviewed by Tara Q. Thomas | posted on September 26, 2016


Past Restaurant Poll Interviews