Best New Sommeliers of 2017

We asked, and top sommeliers around the country answered with the names of the most talented newcomers to the restaurant scene. They singled out six sommeliers who are making a strong impression after fewer than four years as lead wine buyers.

What does it take to get a vote from the toughest of critics? Enthusiasm, tenacity, grace and professionalism, to start. Couple that with juggling other projects, long hours on the floor, the inevitable grunt work and furthering their own knowledge and educating others. Let us introduce you to our Best New Sommeliers of 2017.

Most Recent Interview

Jason Huerta | Jeffrey’s, Austin

interviewed by Sarah Sutel Looper

Jason Huerta was set on being a coffee ambassador. He hoped to use his degree from Texas Christian University to help coffee bean growers receive fair prices, and to build the culture of fine coffee in the United States. Then “Hawaii changed my way of thinking,” he says. He spent a summer there during college then returned after his senior year, bartending at Pizzetta in Kauai. “I...

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Past Best New Sommelier Interviews

More 2017 Best New Sommeliers

Rory Pugh | Jean-Georges, NYC

interviewed by Deanna Gonnella
September 6, 2017

Katie Morton | Marta, NYC

interviewed by Sarah Sutel Looper
September 6, 2017

Douglas Kahn | The Charter Oak, Napa

interviewed by Geoff Millar
September 6, 2017

Theo Lieberman | Compagnie des Vin Surnaturels, NYC

interviewed by
September 6, 2017