Women Rule the Wine Cellars of New York


Jen Lordan, beverage director at Dovetail.Photo: Melissa Hom

Two of this seasons most anticipated restaurants the three-star Dovetail and Ed Browns Eighty One launched with female sommeliers. Former Daniel sommelier and wineshop owner Jean Luc Le D recently remarked to Grub Street that only a few years ago, non-white males in the role were considered an anomaly. Today, only three women (and 21 men) in the United States have the coveted Master of Wine designation, awarded to 264 sommeliers throughout the world. But in New York, women helm some of the citys most respected wine programs, including Gramercy Tavern, the Modern, and the entire B.R. Guest group. We interviewed several of these ladies of the cellar for their ideas on the industry, their experiences on the floor, and picks on retail value bottles. Look for them at restaurants near you. Alexandra Vallis

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