What is a sommelier?

In the silver service world of luxury restaurants and ultra fine dining, you will often find a sommelier as essential addition to the staff. Usually function alongside the maitre’d, his primary role is to act as an expert on wine and assist guests with wine selections, to decant the bottle if necessary, and pour and refill glasses as needed. Normally seen sporting a tastevin around his neck, he is expected to be able to answer questions about wine production methods, wine regions, grape varieties, and food and wine pairings. Knowledge of liquors, liqueurs, brandies, Ports, Sherries, and cigars is also required.

Sommeliers are commonly found in high-end restaurants, hotels, wine bars, and sometimes at specialty wine retailers. They play a crucial role in enhancing the overall dining experience for guests who appreciate wine. Some sommeliers choose to pursue formal certifications like those offered by organizations like the Court of Master Sommeliers or the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

If you’re curious to find out more, contact:

France Sommeliers Association

Les Hameaux du Suzon

12 rue Paul Delouvrier

21000 Dijon, France

Telephone: (+33)(0)380709210

Fax: (+33)(0)380709211