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

Joe Delissio of Brooklyn’s The River Café on Champagne Values and Half-Bottle Sales

interviewed by | March 31st, 2017

Nestled in a chic barge docked along the bank in Brooklyn Heights, in the shadow of the ironworks of the Brooklyn Bridge, The River Café is one of New York’s longest-running restaurants. And Joe Delissio, who has determined what wines make it onto the barge since 1977, is one of New York’s longest-running wine directors. He’s completely...

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