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Nina West - Lead Sommelier at Republique, Los Angeles, talks about her job role as a sommelier. She recollects her first week at the job, and her journey from joining a restaurant which didn't previously have a seperate wine menu, to getting to a dedicated wine list that is 117 pages long.
She further discusses the traits that make a great sommelier, her wine list and pricing decisions, distributor relationship management, and sommelier training.
Watch the full interview here:
While interviewing Nina, our conversation took an interesting turn where we both identified the need for a benchmark that Sommeliers and Restaurateurs can refer to while stocking their wine cellars and inventory.
So here we present to you the Top 100 on-premise wines that sommeliers should look out for!
Top 100 On-Premise wines is a celebration of 100 top wines at the Sommeliers Choice Awards. Uniquely, the T100Wines are selected from votes made by top Sommeliers and On-Premise wine buyers of USA.
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