28th Annual Restaurant Poll Interviews

What wines are up and what’s down in the nation’s top dining rooms?

Every January, we poll the top restaurants across the US about wine sales, tracking trends and compiling lists of most popular bottles. In order to put the statistics into context, we interview dozens of the sommeliers who fill out the poll. Here are excerpts from some of our conversations.

We’ll be posting interviews throughout the month, so check back for updates from some legendary spots across the country. And be on the lookout for the April issue, which will contain the full report.


Most Recent Interview

Matt Whitney of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks on Baseball Crowds and German Orange Wines

February 23rd, 2017

A serious college hockey player, Matt Whitney landed in the restaurant industry after a shoulder injury took him off the ice. He quickly rose through the ranks at Eastern Standard, where he now oversees the brasserie’s French-focused wine list, and has broadened the scope to include Austrian pinot noir and even skin-fermented German white blends. Carson Demmond...

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Terri Baldwin of NJ’s The Bernards Inn on the Rosé Craze and Off-Vintage Napa Cab

interview by Deanna Gonnella | posted on February 21, 2017

Amanda Smeltz of Boulud Sud & Bar Boulud on Pinot Noir From Unexpected Places

interview by Stephanie Johnson | posted on February 8, 2017

Kevin Brodeur at Maysville in NYC on Rosé in January and Riesling with Pork

interview by Tara Q. Thomas | posted on February 7, 2017

Nicholas Brown at Kyma in Atlanta on Santorini and Crete

interview by Tara Q. Thomas | posted on February 6, 2017

Andrew Fortgang of Le Pigeon in Portland, Oregon on Underappreciated Classics

interview by Patrick J. Comiskey | posted on February 2, 2017

Dominique Henderson of SF’s Rich Table on Carbonic Zin and Mexican Muscat

interview by Jenn Pries | posted on February 1, 2017

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Past Restaurant Poll Interviews