One of the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience’s most important behind-the-scenes teams reports at dawn, uniformed in white jackets, and armed with a waiter’s key and a well-trained palate. They’re the Wine Experience Somm Team, and each year they come from around the world to taste every bottle backstage before it is poured at the seminars and ensure that no bad bottle hits the table during the event’s many seminars stocked with trophy wines.
This year’s team included more than 20 sommeliers, nearly all of them from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning programs.
2018 Wine Experience Somm TeamBrahm Callahan, from Grand Award winner Grill 23 & BarHarley Carbery, from Grand Award winner Aureole Las VegasTheresa Carbery Trujillo, from Best of Award of Excellence winner Fleur by Hubert KellerKimberly Cavoores, from Award of Excellence winner MartaShawn Dore, from Sommelier Services LLCJennifer Foucher, from Best of Award of Excellence winner Fiola Juan Gomez, from Grand Award winner HMF at the BreakersDavid Gordon, from Grand Award winner Tribeca GrillJill Gubesch, from Award of Excellence winner Frontera Grill/Topolobampo Crystl Faye Horton, from Grand Award winner Del Frisco’s Double Eagle SteakhouseJoshua MacGregor, from Best of Award of Excellence winner DB Bistro ModerneJon McDaniel, from Second City Soil Brad Nugent, from Best of Award of Excellence winners the Grill, the Pool and the Lobster ClubAlessandro Piliego, from Grand Award winner Ai FioriVirginia Philips, from Grand Award winner HMF at the BreakersKimberly Prokoshyn, from Best of Award of Excellence winner ScampiRory Pugh, from Grand Award winner Jean-GeorgesAshley Santoro, from the StandardSabrina Schatz, from Best of Award of Excellence winner Bobby Flay SteakErik Segelbaum, from Starr Restaurants, which includes 16 Restaurant Award winnersRobert Smith, from Grand Award winner Pappas Bros. Steakhouse HoustonAdam Sweders, from Award of Excellence winner Siena Tavern and Best of Award of Excellence winner Prime & ProvisionsNina West, from RepubliqueHristo Zisovski, from Grand Award winner Ai FioriMason Zhizuo Sun, from Best of Award of Excellence winner Café Boulud Palm BeachBack of the House TeamMichael Bernales, Eau ResortStephanie Schrankel, Sea StarGillian Ballance, Treasury Wine EstatesCatherine Larsen, Larsen WinesJesse Rodriguez, Montage Resorts
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