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BEST Sommelier

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 labels and more than 6,000 bottles; his favorite wines are… 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 each year to build the lists at lavish L’Espalier and… 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 are treated to “wine word” classes—”it’s grassy, not bright!”—during the… 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 instead to work behind the scenes, where she has created… 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 may seem, sommelier James Flynn navigates it with cool confidence… 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 550 wines on the list, she thoughtfully reviews each diner’s… 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 cabernets and zinfandels, as well as some choice boutique options… 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, Rogers knows her customers and works hard to give them… 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 wine list, one of the finest such collections in the… 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»