~ Dom, and his love for wine and Pittsburgh. ~
~ It's National Drink Wine Day, and we've gotcha covered - from what to call yourself to which bottles to indulge in. ~
Oh, how many wine shops and restaurants throw these terms around to make you feel like you are in the presence of greatness! Wine has often been a confusing enough industry: knowing a Barolo from a Brunello or a Barbaresco, but to then ask a guest to take your word for it that you know about something as vast as wine is on a whole different level. So let's look at the word, the profession, and figure it all out (or at least try to):
SOMMELIER: A Sommelier (pronounced /suh-mal-‘yAy), or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, typically working in fine dining, and specializing in all aspects of wine service. They are also responsible for the development of wine lists and overall for the delivery of wine service and training for the other restaurant/hotel/catering staff. Working along with the culinary team, they would pair and suggest wines that will best complement each particular food menu item. It could be argued that the role of a Sommelier in fine dining today is strategically on par with that of the executive chef. Not a simple job but one that can be quite rewarding as well as demanding!