sommelier

Restaurant Confessionals

Sommeliers Can Be Total Assholes

Sommeliers can be extremely annoying, at least when they’re eating somewhere they don’t work. We all know “that guy,” but many of us end up being “that guy” on our days off.
Anonymous
3.31.17
wine

Inside the Wine Bar That Feels Like Your Friend's Kitchen

“People will constantly just walk into the ‘kitchen’ and chat to the chef,” says Phil Bracey of P. Franco, a casual wine bar and shop in Clapton. ”It feels like our house.”
Chloe Sachdev
1.15.17
wine

A Seven-Course Dinner with a Gang of Rogue Australian Winemakers

When London's Typing Room restaurant invited some New Wave Aussie wine producers to showcase their best vino, the evening started with weird berries and ended with a ménage à trois.
Daisy Meager
9.25.16
brain

How Smelling and Drinking Wine Can Protect You from Alzheimer’s

The researchers behind this study chose to put 13 Master Sommeliers and 13 civilians into an MRI machine and had them smell fruits and wine, in order to look at the structural differences between the two groups of brains.
Nick Rose
9.9.16
japanese

This Sake Sommelier Wants You to Stop Drinking Crappy Hot Sake

Think you don't like sake? Motoko Watanabe of Zenkichi says that's because you've been drinking mass-produced swill that's served boiling hot to mask its crappiness.
Barbara Woolsey
5.20.16
wine

We Spoke to the Winemaker Ridiculing Hipsters with His Wine

One Aussie vintner decided to release a line called The Hipster, using the very irony that defines hipsters against them.
Nick Rose
5.11.16
wine

This Survey Says That No One Really Understands What Sommeliers Are Talking About

A new survey of 2,000 drinkers has compiled a list of the top ten wine terms people have the most trouble understanding, with “herbaceous” and “terroir” coming out on top.
Phoebe Hurst
12.16.15
beer

This Beer Sommelier Is Trying to Teach Germans to Drink American Brews

Sylvia Kopp is one of the world’s top beer sommeliers and Europe’s official American craft beer ambassador, but at home some people equate her taste with heresy.
Barbara Woolsey
10.14.15
New York

Chef's Night Out: Robert Bohr of Charlie Bird

"Unicorn wine," pizza, and fried chicken are just the beginning when we tag along for a night out with Robert Bohr and his crew of sommelier friends.
Robert Bohr
9.17.15
wine

English Sparkling Wine Is the New Champagne

As the south of England’s climate begins replicate that of Champagne (cheers, global warming), English vineyards are producing internationally acclaimed sparkling wines.
Sorrel Moseley-Williams
9.10.15
Weed

This Cannabis Supper Club Wants You to Roll Rice Paper Joints

A London chef is hosting a supper club with a hemp-focused menu of weed” tea with oxtail ravioli, sharing platters of kebabs, and rice paper “joints.”
Laura Martin
6.5.15
soda

The UK’s First Soft Drink Sommelier Can Teach You How to Sip Soda

Award-winning sommelier, Kathrine Larsen is lending her palate to non-alcoholic drinks. She suggests pairing apple juice with fish, but isn’t a fan of synthetic fizzy drinks.
Johanna Derry
4.15.15
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