Move over top chef: Today's sommeliers are no longer just the go-to person for choosing the right wine with a meal. They're now firmly at the center of any fine-dining experience. They're also highly visible stars in a field that's increasingly competitive. W&S tallied the votes of more than 230 wine professionals from America's top restaurants to find this year's Best New Sommeliers. These five young, up-and-coming sommeliers perform with the expertise, dedication and passion of professionals at the top of their game. We're proud to present America's next sommelier superstars.

2008 winners I 2007 winners I 2006 winners I 2005 winners I 2004 winners


Kai, Maricopa, 602-385-5726
Ventana Room, Tucson, 520-615-5494

Rivoli, Berkeley, 510-526-2542
Marinus, Carmel, 831-658-3595
Casanova, Carmel, 831-625-0501
Quiet Woman, Corona del Mar, 949-640-7440
Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, 707-887-3300
Cyrus, Healdsburg, 707-433-3311
Nine-Ten, La Jolla, 858-964-5400
555 East American Steakhouse, Long Beach, 562-437-0626
Campanile, Los Angeles, 323-938-1447
Cardini Ristorante in the Wilshire Grand Hotel, Los Angeles, 213-896-3822
Cut, Los Angeles, 310-276-8500
Opus, Los Angeles, 213-738-1600
The Restaurant & Terrace in the Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, 310-472-5234
Redd, Napa, 707-944-2222
58 Degrees & Holding, Sacramento, 916-442-5858
The Caprice, San Anselmo, 415-435-3400
Addison at The Grand del Mar, San Diego, 858-314-1900
Arterra, San Diego, 858-369-6032
Laurel, San Diego, 619-239-2222
Parallel 33, San Diego, 619-260-0033
Roppongi, San Diego, 858-551-5252
Absinthe, San Francisco, 415-551-1590
Coi, San Francisco, 415-393-9000
Eos, San Francisco, 415-566-3063
Fifth Floor, San Francisco, 415-348-1555
Jack Falstaff, San Francisco, 415-836-9239
Michael Mina, San Francisco, 415-397-9222
Nopa, San Francisco, 415-864-8643
Oola, San Francisco, 415-995-2061
Quince, San Francisco, 415-775-8500
Rose Pistola, San Francisco, 415-399-0499
Yankee Pier, San Francisco, 415-924-7676
Plumed Horse, San Jose, 408-867-4711
Village California Bistro & Wine Bar, San Jose, 408-248-9091
515 Kitchen & Cocktails, Santa Cruz, 831-425-5051
Outback Steakhouse, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-1590
Va de Vi, Walnut Creek, 925-979-0100
The French Laundry, Yountville, 800-944-1224

The Pine View Dining Room in the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, 719-538-4088
Eat! Drink!, Vail, 970-926-1393
Larkspur, Vail, 970-479-8050
Sweet Basil, Vail, 970-476-0125

Zinc Bistro and Bar, Stamford, 203-252-2352

The Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers Hotel, Lake Worth, 888-273-2537
Emeril's Miami Beach, Miami Beach, 305-695-4550
La Cofradia, Miami Shores, 305-914-1300
Pastamoré, Orlando, 407-224-3663
Cafe Boulud Palm Beach, Palm Beach, 561-655-6060

Atlanta Fish Market, Atlanta, 404-262-3165
La Tavola Trattoria, Atlanta, 404-873-5430

Mariposa, Honolulu, 808-951-3420
The Hualalai Grille by Alan Wong, Kailua-Kona, 808-325-8333

Dockside, Post Falls, 208-765-2300

Bistro 110, Chicago, 312-266-3110
Chataigne, Chicago, 312-873-2032
David Burke's Primehouse, Chicago, 312-660-6000
Melting Pot, Chicago, 847-342-6022
Moto, Chicago, 312-491-0058
NoMI, Chicago, 312-239-4030
Tru, Chicago, 312-202-0001
Tuscany on Taylor, Chicago, 312-829-1990
Webster's Wine Bar, Chicago, 773-868-0608
Weber Grill, Lake Forest, 312-467-9696
Courtright's, Willow Springs, 708-839-8000

Mansurs on the Boulevard, Baton Rouge, 225-923-3366

208 Talbot, St. Michael's, 410-745-3838

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Boston, 617-357-4810
UpStairs on the Square, Cambridge, 617-864-1933

Coach Insignia, Bingham Farms, 313-567-2622
Huron River Club, Farmington, 248-477-1000
Ciao Bella, Traverse City, 231-929-1710
The Boathouse, Traverse City, 231-223-4030

BR Prime, Biloxi, 228-386-7737

Jimmy's on the Park, St. Louis, 314-725-8585

The Flatiron Cafe, Omaha, 402-344-3040

Rao's, Henderson, 702-731-7267
Delmonico Steakhouse, Las Vegas, 702-414-3737
Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, 702-731-1110
Le Cirque, Las Vegas, 702-693-7223
Mesa Grill, Las Vegas, 702-650-5965
Osteria del Circo, Las Vegas, 702-693-8150
RM Seafood, Las Vegas, 702-632-9300 Valentino Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, 702-414-3000
Voodoo Steak House and Lounge in the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, 888-746-7482
Hachi, Las Vegas, 702-797-7576

New Jersey
Bobby Flay Steak, Atlantic City, 866-692-6742
Ombra Kitchen & Wine Bar, Atlantic City, 866-692-6742
Specchio, Atlantic City, 866-692-6742

New York
Friends Lake Inn, Chestertown, 518-494-4751
Agave, New York, 212-989-2100
Alto, New York, 212-308-1099
Anthos, New York, 212-582-6900
Aquavit, New York, 212-307-7311
Bar Americain, New York, 212-265-9700
Blue Water Grill New York, New York, 212-675-9500
Brasserie Les Halles, New York, 212-679-4111
Cafe Gray, New York, 212-823-6338
Chanterelle, New York, 212-966-6960
Country, New York, 212-889-7100
Craft, New York, 212-780-0880
Cru, New York, 212-529-6300
DB Bistro Moderne, New York, 212-391-2400
Del Posto, New York, 212-497-8090
In Vino, New York, 212-539-1011
Jean Georges, New York, 212-299-3900
Kittichai, New York, 212-219-2000
Megu, New York, 212-964-7777
Morrell Wine Bar & Café, New York, 212-262-7700
Ouest, New York, 212-580-8700
Star Lounge at the Ritz Carlton, New York, 212-521-6125
Strip House, New York, 212-328-0000
Tribeca Grill, New York, 212-941-3910
The Escoffier Room, Poughkeepsie, 845-471-6608

North Carolina
The Flying Frog Cafe,
Asheville, 828-254-9411
Arthur's at Belk, Charlotte, 704-366-6456
Sullivan's Steakhouse, Charlotte, 704-335-8228
Rioja Wine Bar, Greensboro, 336-412-0011
The Angus Barn, Knightdale, 919-787-3505
Larkin's on the River, Lake Lure, 864-467-9777

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Beachwood, 216-464-0688

Delicate Palate Bistro, Pacific City, 503-965-6464
Alma de Cuba, Portland, 215-988-1799
Clark Lewis, Portland, 503-235-2294
Genoa, Portland, 503-238-1464
Paley's Place, Portland, 503-243-2403
Wildwood, Portland, 503-248-9663

Lautrec, Farmington, 724-329-8555
Le Bec Fin, Philadelphia, 215-567-1000

South Carolina
Peninsula Grill, Charleston, 843-723-0700

The Inn at Dos Brisas, Brenham, 979-277-7750
Kirby's Steakhouse, Dallas, 214-821-2122
Saint-Emilion, Fort Worth, 817-737-2781
Cullen's Upscale American Grille, Houston, 281-481-3463
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, Houston, 281-970-5999
Cafe 909, Marble Falls, 830-693-2126

La Caille, Sandy, 801-942-1751

Rasika, Reston, 202-637-1222

Seastar, Bellevue, 425-456-0010
Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, 425-823-1505
Campagne, Seattle, 206-728-2800
Canlis, Seattle, 206-283-3313
The Herbfarm, Seattle, 425-485-5300
Waterfront Seafood Grill, Seattle, 206-956-9171
Wild Ginger, Seattle, 206-623-4450
Luna, Spokane, 509-448-2383

Washington, D.C.
BLT Steak, 202-689-8999
Cafe Atlantico, 202-393-0812
Ceiba, Washington D.C., 202-393-3983
Charlie Palmer Steak D.C., 202-547-8100
Citronelle, 202-625-2150
CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental, 202-787-6006
Corduroy, 202-589-0699
Jaleo, 202-628-7949
Oyamel, 202-628-1005
Tabard Inn, 202-785-1277
Zaytinya, 202-638-0800