The results of our annual Best New Sommelier poll have been revealed! Congratulations to the five winners: Mark Guillaudeu, Commis, Oakland, CA; Vanessa Rea, Eastern Standard, Boston, MA; Hannah Williams, Blue Hill Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY; Anthony Cailan,* The Usual, NYC; Kat Hawkins, Shaw’s Crabhouse, Chicago.
Wine & Spirits asked sommeliers from around the country to nominate rising stars, restaurant wine buyers with fewer than four years under their belts who are making an impact in their cities. Our five winners received broad support from their peers, and are serving exceptional wines at their restaurants. For full profiles of each shining star, including their arrival in the wine world, favorite bottles from their lists, and projects outside of their restaurants, find a copy of our October issue.
*As of November 7th, 2019, Anthony Cailan has been withdrawn from this list.
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