For some it's a new word that they just heard of, for others a wine server, for some just a job, but for many a profession and a lifestyle.
Nowadays in many fine dining restaurants is impossible to talk about wine without bringing out the word 'Sommelier' into the conversation. Documentaries such as 'Somm', 'Uncorked' and 'Sour grapes', catapulted this profession into the spotlight.
Fun to say, the 'Sommelier' profession has a bit of a celebrity status but actually it's much more than that. Depending on their workplace, it becomes a broader role, from developing a wine list to training members of staff and to working alongside Chefs to develop new dishes that complement the wine and the other way around. They are there to entertain and spread knowledge.
Keep in mind that they are there not only for their knowledge and up-selling expertise, but also for their charm and positive attitude and personality. Like rock-stars they can light up anyone's day.
When you are at a restaurant, don't be afraid to ask for the Sommelier and ask him for advice in choosing the wine. Don't be afraid to state even your budget. A good Sommelier will take that in consideration and find the best deal for your meal.
Even if you are planning to take a glass only, be honest with what you like in general. Maybe you like salty, or spicy, or sweet; people are different and have different tastes. Always ask to have a try before taking a glass. A good Sommelier will always spare all the time needed to find that glass of wine, for you to enjoy your meal and time in that restaurant.
''At the end of the day, you really can’t make a wrong choice.
As long as you pay attention to what it is that you don’t like about a wine
each bottle will get you closer to what you do like.
Take it one glass at a time!''