29th Annual Restaurant Poll Interviews

What wines are up and what’s down in the nation’s top dining rooms?

Every January, we poll the top restaurants across the US about wine sales, tracking trends and compiling lists of most popular bottles. In order to put the statistics into context, we interview dozens of the sommeliers who fill out the poll. Here are excerpts from some of our conversations.

We’ll be posting interviews throughout the month, so check back for updates from some legendary spots across the country. And be on the lookout for the April issue, which will contain the full report.

Most Recent Interview

Brandon Borcoman of Charlie Bird in NYC on Roumier and Hip Hop, and Half-Bottle Sales

interviewed by Stephanie Johnson | February 9th, 2018

California native Brandon Borcoman helped open a beachside craft beer restaurant while attending Loyola Marymount College and credits the experience with helping develop his palate. He moved NYC to attend graduate school for poetry, and began working in restaurants like Sorella, where he developed some wine chops that inspired him to stay on that track. Borcomon started as a junior sommelier at Charlie...

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Past Restaurant Poll Interviews