When you go to a restaurant, what can you expect of a sommelier? A lot, as the five people on the following pages demonstrate. Gone are the days when all it took was an impressive suit and a lot of attitude: Today, extensive wine knowledge is only the beginning; it also takes an intense desire to want to please. In a poll of hundreds of restaurant wine professionals across the US, these sommeliers were called out not only for their grasp of the wine list, but for their charm, friendliness and desire to have their guests have fun. These sommeliers will not only sell you a bottle of wine, they’ll listen carefully and work to make your evening as pleasurable as the wine they’ve helped you choose. And this year, they all happen to be less than 33 years old. Let us introduce you to America’s Best New Sommeliers.

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The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, Tucson, 520-529-3500
Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician, Scottsdale, 480-423-2444
McMahon’s Steakhouse, Tucson, 520-327-2333
The Ventana Room, Tucson, 520-615-5494

A16 Restaurant & Wine Bar, San Francisco, 415-771-2216
Absinthe, San Francisco, 415-551-1590
Ana Mandara, San Francisco, 415-771-6800
Aqua, San Francisco, 415-956-9662
Bacar, San Francisco, 415-904-4100
Blue Plate, San Francisco, 415-282-6777
Boulevard Restaurant, San Francisco, 415-543-6084
Campton Place, San Francisco, 415-955-5555
Cézanne, Santa Monica, 310-395-9700
Fonda, Albany, 510-559-9006
Gary Danko, San Francisco, 415-749-2060
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, 415-771-6222
Jonathan Club Downtown, Los Angeles, 213-624-0881
Lucques, West Hollywood, 323-655-6277
Michael Mina, San Francisco, 415-397-9222
Nacional 27, Los Angeles, 312-664-2727
Nectar, San Francisco, 415-345-1377
Nopa, San Francisco, 415-864-8643
Ottimista, San Francisco, 415-674-8400
PlumpJack Restaurant, San Francisco, 415-563-4755
Redd, Yountville, 707-944-2222
Redwhite+bluezz, Pasadena, 626-792-4441
Republic Restaurant & Lounge, Los Angeles, 310-360-7070
Rubicon, San Francisco, 415-434-4100
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, San Jose, 408-437-2170
Town Hall, San Francisco, 415-908-3900
Water Grill, Los Angeles, 213-891-0900

Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, 303-442-6966
Le Central, Denver, 303-863-8094
The Little Nell, Aspen, 970-920-4600
Mel’s Restaurant, Denver, 303-333-3979

Fred’s, Sarasota, 941-364-5811
Prime One Twelve, Miami, 305-532-8112

Dick and Harry’s Restaurant,
Roswell, 770-641-8757
DISH, Atlanta, 404-897-3463
Prime Restaurant, Atlanta, 404-812-0555

Hali’imaile General Store,
Hali’imaile, 808-572-2666

BIN 36, Chicago, 312-755-9463
Fiddlehead Café, Chicago, 773-751-1500

Jackson, New Orleans, 504-529-9599

Chiapparelli’s, Baltimore, 410-837-0309

Juniper Grill, St. Louis, 314-621-9195
Riddle’s Penultimate Café & Wine Bar, St. Louis, 314-725-6985

The Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, 406-995-7370

North Carolina
On the Square, Tarboro, 252-823-8268

New Jersey
Rats, Hamilton, 609-584-7800

Alizé at The Palms Casino,
Las Vegas, 702-951-7000
Andre’s, Las Vegas, 702-385-1930
Bellagio, Las Vegas, 888-987-3456
Le Cirque, Las Vegas, 702-693-8150
Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 702-731-7110
N9NE Steak House, Las Vegas, 702-942-7777
NobHill, Las Vegas, 702-891-7337
Picasso Las Vegas, 702-693-8105
Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, 877-346-4642
RM Seafood, Las Vegas, 702-632-9300
Sensei at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, 877-234-6358
T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge, Las Vegas, 702-797-7595

New York
Balthazar, New York, 212-965-1414
Del Posto, New York, 212-497-8090
Café Boulud, New York, 212-772-2600
Falai, New York, 212-253-1960
Felidia, New York, 212-758-1479
Gramercy Tavern, New York, 212-477-0777
Jean-Georges, New York, 212-299-3900
Lanterna Tuscan Bistro, Nyack, 845-353-8361
Mark’s Restaurant, New York, 212-744-4300
Per Se Restaurant, New York, 212-823-9335
Restaurant RM, New York, 212-319-3800
Tribeca Grill, New York, 212-941-3900

Rose City Café, Portland, 503-335-8385
Wildwood Restaurant & Bar, Portland, 503-248-9663

La Famiglia, Philadelphia, 215-922-2803
Ristorante Panorama, Philadelphia, 215-922-7800

Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort, Irving, 972-717-2420
The DraeLion Restaurant & Lounge, Dallas, 214-219-6881
The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, 214-559-2100
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, 214-366-2000

Cafe Juanita, Seattle, 425-823-1505
Campagne Restaurant & Café, Seattle, 206-728-2800
Canlis Restaurant, Seattle, 206-283-3313
The Herbfarm, Woodinville, 425-485-5300
Rover’s, Seattle, 206-325-7442
Ruths Chris, Bellevue, 425-451-1550
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Seattle, 425-455-0010
Wild Ginger, Seattle, 206-623-4450