Best of Boston

Best Sommelier

2016 Best Sommelier

Katie Gilarde, O Ya

Boston
With over-the-top dishes like foie gras nigiri doused in aged sake, it’s easy to get tripped up over matters of enology. Luckily, Katie Gilarde keeps […] read more»
2015 Best Sommelier

Colleen Hein, Eastern Standard

Boston
A wine list heavy on bubbles, burgundy, and cru Beaujolais could be a bit overwhelming for the casual tippler. But Eastern Standard virtuoso Colleen Hein […] read more»
2014 Best Sommelier

Todd Lipman, Bistro du Midi

Boston
Not to diminish the importance of knowing your Rhône from your Rheingau, but technical expertise is but a fraction of the wine steward’s craft. What […] read more»
2013 Best Sommelier

Theresa Paopao, Ribelle

Brookline
We first fell in love with Paopao when she was the bubbly sommelier at Oleana, in Cambridge—and then, as is often the case with talented […] read more»
2012 Best Sommelier

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 […] 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, […] read more»
2010 Best Sommelier

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 […] read more»
2009 Best Sommelier

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2006 Best Sommelier

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»