the person in a restaurant, club, etc. who is responsible for the selection of, and for serving, the wines, esp. with a French cuisine; wine steward
Origin of sommelierFrench from MFr, origin, originally , person in charge of pack animals (hence, steward) from Old French sommerier from sommier from Late Latin sagmarius: see summer
A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.
Origin of sommelierFrench from Old French officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver alteration of sommerier from sommier beast of burden from Vulgar Latin saumārius ; see summer 2.
- A wine steward. The person at an expensive restaurant who keeps the wine cellar and advises guests on a choice of wines.
- The sommelier recommended the perfect wine, opened the bottle with panache, and served it into glasses.