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Rom Toulon, Sommelier at Meadowood, Departs to Start His Own Venture

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Sommelier Rom Toulon, who helped bring the Restaurant at Meadowood from a fledgling resort dining room to a Michelin three-star destination during his five-year tenure there, is leaving the restaurant after July 16 to begin his own wine business. The Loire Valley-born Toulon worked in his first Michelin two-star restaurant when he was still in high school in Vouvray, and later worked his way up the wine ladder in a series of Four Seasons hotels, and was named one of the Bay Area’s least snooty sommeliers by the Chronicle in 2004. “My goal five years ago [when coming to Meadowood] was to gain that third Michelin star, something that was unobtainable back then,” says Toulon. “I’m now looking forward to the next challenge where I can use my experience, wine knowledge and business relationships to bring new and existing wines to the forefront of this great industry!” Toulon has yet to reveal the name or the scope of his new venture, and his replacement at Meadowood remains TBA. [Grub Street]

Rom Toulon, Sommelier at Meadowood, Departs to Start His Own Venture