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

Dennis Cantwell of SF’s Nopa on Building a List of Wines That Aren’t So Assertive

interviewed by | March 29th, 2017

Originally from Philadelphia, Dennis Cantwell studied marketing and finance before deciding he didn’t really want a desk job, and falling into the restaurant world. He moved to San Francisco, worked at Zuni and, for the last four years, has worked as a manager at Nopa. This January, he...

Read the full Interview