Best New Sommeliers of 2018

A good wine list is only part of the measure of a good sommelier. There’s also strength, speed, modesty and enthusiasm. So, when we asked sommeliers across the country to name the top new talent, we wanted to know: Who would you trust to take care of your friends? Who has turned you on to a new, memorable bottle?

Meet the Best New Sommeliers of 2018—five lead wine buyers with fewer than four years under their belts. Pay them a visit on your next outing in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Philadelphia or New York


Most Recent Interview

Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou | Allora, Sacramento, CA

interviewed by Karen Moneymaker

“A daring and eclectic all ItalianGreek wine list.” —Kristy MacDonald, Per Se, NYC

When Elizabeth Mandalou isn’t taking care of the wine program at Allora in Sacramento, you might find her tap-dancing to hip-hop. The young restaurateur had been working her way to a career on Broadway when she got sidetracked by her job at Ella, in her hometown of Sacramento. There, sommelier Jeremy Reed inspired her to look...

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Past Best New Sommelier Interviews

More 2018 Best New Sommeliers


Scott Woltz | Babbo, NYC

interviewed by Tara Q. Thomas
September 13, 2018

Ryan Bailey | The NoMad, Los Angeles

interviewed by Karen Moneymaker
September 13, 2018

Jhonel Faelnar | Atomix, NYC

interviewed by Rachel DelRocco Terrazas
September 13, 2018