Sommelier

The Las Vegas Restaurant With a 3,000-Bottle List and Acrobatic ‘Wine Angel’

The Las Vegas Restaurant With a 3,000-Bottle List and Acrobatic ‘Wine Angel’

Whenever Hannah McBride is asked to hunt down a bottle of wine, she has to decipher a six-digit string of numbers. It’s part of what she does every night during her shifts at Aureole, a restaurant inside Mandalay Bay, just off the Las Vegas Strip. Get the numbers. Find the wine. Dive and somersault her […]

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We Asked 10 Somms: What Are You Drinking on New Year’s Eve?

We Asked 10 Somms: What Are You Drinking on New Year’s Eve?

As one of the year’s biggest nights for bubbly approaches, we have just one question: What are the pros drinking? We polled sommeliers and wine professionals across the country to find out their favorite celebratory bottles and late-night pours for New Year’s Eve. Large-format Champagne from the region’s top houses? Check. Beloved farmer fizz? Of […]

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Eight Drinks Trends to Watch in 2019

Eight Drinks Trends to Watch in 2019

As we raise glasses and turn gazes toward 2019, everyone at VinePair HQ is debating what we will see, think, and drink in the coming year. Will the bar industry successfully take on sustainability? Can craft beer weather a volatile economic forecast? How will somms stay relevant on and off the floor? We’re calling it: […]

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We Asked 11 Somms: What’s the Biggest Misconception About Sparkling Wine?

We Asked 11 Somms: What’s the Biggest Misconception About Sparkling Wine?

Nothing quite compares to the pressurized pop of a thick, porcini-mushroom-shaped cork shooting from a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. But while the sound epitomizes Champagne celebrations and Gatsby-esque opulence, sparkling wine is a broad category, full of affordable alternatives and pairing options beyond caviar crostinis. From where to turn for bubbly bargains, to food […]

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The Sommelier as Brand Is Taking Off Because People Are More Approachable Than Chateaux

The Sommelier as Brand Is Taking Off Because People Are More Approachable Than Chateaux

Recent scandals notwithstanding, there are more aspiring sommeliers today than ever before. Enrollment in the Court of Master Sommeliers is up “125 percent year over year,” according to Shayn Bjornholm, examination director in the Americas. These newly minted wine professionals are exploring careers that don’t necessarily involve tableside service or wearing a suit.

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San Francisco Somm Haley Guild Moore ‘Could Never Get Bored’ of Burgundy

San Francisco Somm Haley Guild Moore ‘Could Never Get Bored’ of Burgundy

While most of her peers were thinking about college or who they’d ask to senior prom, Haley Guild Moore already knew what she wanted to do in life. After experiencing a wine-paired tasting menu in Paris, then-17-year-old Moore decided she was going to pursue a career in hospitality. She studied hospitality management at San Diego […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

America is a large country, and so what’s popular in one geographic area might be unknown in another. Angelenos could tire of avocado toast (theoretically!) before it reaches Maine. And Texans find it adorable when New Yorkers struggle to pronounce “kolache.” Still, certain trends have legs. They travel across the country and, in some instances, […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: How Can You Tell if Your Somm Is a Pro?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: How Can You Tell if Your Somm Is a Pro?

Nothing about working in a restaurant is easy. Sommeliers and beverage professionals have especially challenging roles, balancing diners’ spoken and unspoken desires in a field rife with misinformation and insecurity. How, then, can you tell if your sommelier is a pro? We asked 10 beverage professionals to find out. A pro should be able to […]

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