Best of Boston

BEST Sommelier

2012 BEST Sommelier
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No. 9 Park

Boston

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 places to order, sample, drink, and think about vintages and… read more»

2011 BEST Sommelier

Kai Gagnon, Bergamot

Somerville

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 list of bottles that leans on France but can also… read more»

2010 BEST Sommelier
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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 extends far beyond by-the-glass pours. Ask about any esoteric bottling… read more»

2009 BEST Sommelier
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Grill 23 & Bar

Boston

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 Sagrantino, for your bone-in filet—he’s just that excited about the… read more»

2008 BEST Sommelier

Geoffrey Fallon, Les Zygomates

Boston

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

Boston

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
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Erik Johnson, L’Espalier, Sel de la Terre

Boston

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

Boston

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

Boston

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

Boston

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»