Best Sommelier in Boston


Colleen Hein, Eastern Standard


A wine list heavy on bubbles, burgundy, and cru Beaujolais could be a bit overwhelming for the casual tippler. But Eastern Standard virtuoso Colleen Hein has a hands-on approach to…Read More

2014 Best Sommelier

Todd Lipman, Bistro du Midi


Not to diminish the importance of knowing your Rhône from your Rheingau, but technical expertise is but a fraction of the wine steward’s craft. What separates wonky savant from sommelier…Read More

2013 Best Sommelier

Theresa Paopao, Ribelle


We first fell in love with Paopao when she was the bubbly sommelier at Oleana, in Cambridge—and then, as is often the case with talented hospitality folks, she split for…Read More

2012 Best Sommelier

No. 9 Park


For the past two decades, Barbara Lynch has relied on sommelier Cat Silirie for all things wine—and for good reason. No. 9 Park is one of the city’s most rewarding…Read More

2011 Best Sommelier

Kai Gagnon, Bergamot


Don’t underestimate Kai Gagnon because of his soft-spoken gentility. The man knows his wine, and better yet, he knows what the palate wants. At Bergamot, he’s crafted an adventurous, not-so-typical…Read More

2010 Best Sommelier

Cat Silirie

Most sommeliers keep their servers so oenologically clueless, it feels like a job-security scheme. Not so with Silirie, who arms every associate in Barbara Lynch’s multi-restaurant gastro-empire with knowledge that…Read More

2009 Best Sommelier

Grill 23 & Bar


Where others might lean on ‘steak wines’ like big California cabs (yawn), Grill 23’s DeWinter is likely to suggest a Paolo Bea Rosso 2000, from the little Umbrian town of…Read More

2008 Best Sommelier

Geoffrey Fallon, Les Zygomates


Paying zero attention to point ratings, Les Zygomates’ wine wiz fills the extensive list and hosts tastings of wines that range from grocery-aisle discoveries to rare and exotic imports…Read More

2007 Best Sommelier

Brick Loomis


Loomis is the anti-sommelier (a fact that may or may not be rooted in his past as a punk rocker). He’s not patronizing, despite knowing all the details on 600…Read More

2006 Best Sommelier

Erik Johnson, L’Espalier, Sel de la Terre


Every sommelier in town will tell you that wine isn’t about snobbery, it’s about fun. Only Erik Johnson, a self-proclaimed ‘cork dork,’ makes us believe it. Johnson tastes 1,000 wines…Read More

2005 Best Sommelier

Cat Silirie, No. 9 Park


A good sommelier knows wine. A great sommelier enlightens all the rest of us. That’s what makes No. 9 Park’s Cat Silirie the best in town. Each evening her servers…Read More

2004 Best Sommelier

Cat Silirie, No. 9 Park


Whatever you do, don’t call Cat Silirie a sommelier. That title conjures up a tastevin-toting snob stealing sips of your wine. Silirie is too modest—and tasteful—to affect such hauteur, preferring…Read More

2003 Best Sommelier

James Flynn, The Federalist


One hundred seventeen pages long, with upwards of 32,800 bottles, the Federalist’s wine list is a tome to be reckoned with—if not downright feared. But as inaccessible as the list…Read More

2002 Best Sommelier

Veronica Picon-Gross, L’Espalier


The perfect complement to the elegance of a meal at L’Espalier? An equally elegant bottle of wine, recommended by vivacious sommelier Veronica Picon-Gross. With detailed knowledge of the more than…Read More

2001 Best Sommelier

Alicia Towns, Grill 23 & Bar


This Harvard-educated sommelier spends most of her nights winning over the suit-and-tie crowd that flocks to Grill 23’s polished interior. Towns’ wine list is impressive, with solid selections of steak-friendly…Read More

2000 Best Sommelier

Jeannie Rogers, Il Capriccio


Jeannie Rogers is a soft-spoken woman, but when it comes to wine she sure knows her stuff. After 20 years of building the incredible cellar in Waltham at Il Capriccio,…Read More

1999 Best Sommelier

Jeanne Rogers, Il Capriccio


Rogers’ unsurpassed knowledge of Italian wines makes her a living treasure for the wine connoisseur. A co-owner of this suburban Italian oasis, Jeanne is responsible for the lengthy and impressive…Read More

1993 Best Sommelier

Catherine Silirie, Rocco’s


She has a great list and a great knack for pairings, but, most important, her enthusiasm for wine is more contagious than the giggles—and just as fun…Read More

1991 Best Sommelier

Catherine Silirie, Rocco’s


Like a master alchemist, Silirie mixes and matches form one of Boston’s best wine lists and certainly the Hub’s most eclectic menu. And she ain’t a snob about it…Read More

1982 Best Sommelier

Bill Nesto, at the Voyagers


He’s brutally honest about his own list, and takes the time to offer suggestions. And what a list patrons have to choose from…Read More

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