Best of Boston

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 menu choices and listens to questions without lecturing or condescending. Thinking of a big California chardonnay for those scallops? Picon-Gross may politely suggest the obscure 2000 sauvignon blanc from New Zealand winemaker Kim Crawford. Her recommendations ensure that each meal at L’Espalier is a lesson in sophistication.

30 Gloucester St., Boston, 617-262-3023,