from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.
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- n. A wine steward. The person at an expensive restaurant who keeps the wine cellar and advises guests on a choice of wines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant
The word sommelier (pronounced some-el-YAY) is derived from the Vulgar Latin word for "beast of burden," which may seem at odds with the image of a well-dressed man (or woman) proffering a wine list to a table of guests.
But if I did, I would be sure to throw in the word sommelier, because it does sound impressive.
Now a sommelier is trying to break food-wine pairing down to a molecular level.
The Hog filled in the other hands before he called the sommelier:
And they point out that negotiating with the (wine) sommelier is now not only acceptable but encouraged at David Burke’s restaurants: diners are given a list of “auction selections” where they can bid.
In this model, it’s not really important if the sommelier is out on the floor selling you the wine, unless you’ve brought your own you are buying what he or she has selected for you.
But right now, there’s a restaurant in NYC where the head sommelier is clearing out his inventory.
When the good old boy finally figures out that his sommelier is a woman, he will often feel the need to show off his wine erudition.
I always get a kick out of this "new" language I have learned for my job and affectionately call my sommelier certificate, my GED, my Geek Enology Degree, in which Wine as a second language is a requirement, as well the Art of Spitting 101.
Captain called the sommelier over and ordered wine for the table, which is apparently the custom when you sit with Captain—free booze, whoo-hoo!
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