When enjoying a fine dining experience you may have the luxury of the service of a Sommelier. A Sommelier, pronounced soh-mel-YEA, is the French word for cellarmaster or wine steward and is a trained professional in charge of a restaurant's wine. From managing the wine cellar to finding that perfect wine to accompany your meal, a Sommelier wears many hats in the restaurant business. A Sommelier must have exceptional senses in order to be able to face the challenge of pairing the right wines with the many complex flavors of the restaurant's menu. A Sommelier's primary duty is developing the restaurant's wine list, often working in conjunction with the chef to pair appropriate wines complementary to the menu and most importantly creating a wonderful guest experience.
Your Sommelier will guide you through your food and wine pairings describing the wines in-depth. Having such a passion for wine, your Sommelier will be eager to impart the knowledge of why the wine pairs well with your dish as well as where the wine came from, the types of grapes used, the name of the vineyard and the region where it was produced. A Sommelier often encourages the customer to smell the wine and have a taste as they describe the wine's components. Be sure to enjoy the passion and knowledge from your Sommelier as it will only add joy to your dining experience and most importantly, don't be shy to ask questions you may have about your wine. After all, these questions are what any sommelier lives for.