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 (sŭm′əl-yā′, sô′mə-lyā′)
A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.

[French, from Old French, officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver, alteration of *sommerier, from sommier, beast of burden, from Vulgar Latin *saumārius; see summer2.]
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(Commerce) a wine steward in a restaurant or hotel
[French: butler, via Old French from Old Provençal saumalier pack-animal driver, from Late Latin sagma a packsaddle, from Greek]
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(ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪ; Fr. sɔ məˈlyeɪ)

n., pl. som•me•liers (ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪz; Fr. sɔ məˈlyeɪ)
a wine steward in a restaurant.
[1920–25; < French, Middle French, derivative of sommier one charged with arranging transport <somme burden]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sommelier - a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurantsommelier - a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant
server, waiter - a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
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Coulson said, pointing out his empty glass to the SOMMELIER, "we may as well understand one another.
The wine segment will also be covered at Anuga, including a special show organized in cooperation with the World Champion sommelier 1998 Markus Del Monego, demonstrating the appeal and diversity of the wines on offer at Anuga 2007.
The first, called the Sommelier Collection, complements the PLCB's popular Chairman's Selection program and offers sommelier-selected, small-production, highly rated wines from some of the finest producers and growing regions in the world at significant savings.
Grand Hyatt Amman announces it is introducing a wine tasting course to take place as of Tuesday, April 3, and every Tuesday, from 7:00pm till 9:00p.m.This first of its kind, this course will be conducted by Harun Dursun, who was a demi finalist in Europe's and World's "Best Sommelier" championships, is currently the vice president of the "Turkish Sommelier Association" and a Jury member at "Star Wine Organization" in Philadelphia-USA.
ACCORDING TO TONY LAWRENCE, a sommelier and wine educator based in Philadelphia, the wine experience is a sensual ritual involving textures, bouquets, color, and tasting notes.
Their store now offers numerous weekly tastings, sommelier recommendations from New York City's finest restaurants, educational opportunities and a temperature-controlled wine room.
Ayumi Ito Mausservey, 30, is a sommelier living in Paris who has a passionate interest in wine and teaches visiting Japanese how to enjoy wine in their ordinary life.
Sommelier Christophe Rolland, who keeps tabs on the 1,200
Menus designed by prestigious chefs in Argentina, Peru and Chile, along with fine wines selected by master sommelier Hector Vergara, gave LanChile an easy win in the Best Airline Food category.
About 800 people take the sommelier exam every year, and 1,066 people have passed since the association established its testing system in 1999, according to Mitsutoshi Sugimoto, director of the association.
But as a sommelier, Shayn does carry around a usable knowledge of the 1,350 selections 15,000 bottles in all--composing the restaurant's wine cellar.