Wondering about the definition of sommelier? Keep reading to learn the meaning of sommelier, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!
What is a Sommelier?
A sommelier is a wine professional, usually hired by the most upscale restaurants and establishments, on staff to primarily suggest wine and food pairing to patrons. Some of the most luxurious hotel accommodations may also offer the services of a sommelier.
A sommelier is also sometimes known as a wine steward, though this has fallen out of favor, similar to how flight attendants used to be called stewards and stewardesses.
Some places may refer to a sommelier as a wine steward. There is also a “beer sommelier,” called a cicerone, who is trained in and knowledgeable about beer.
More on Sommeliers
Sommeliers may have a variety of duties at the establishment in which they work. While some may be related to wine, such as curation of the wine cellar, creation of wine lists, and assisting customers in choosing wines, other tasks may be unrelated, such as also curating a beer menu or helping customers choose cigars and fine tobaccos as an accompaniment.
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