Rising Star Wine Director Lauren C. Daddona of L'Espalier - Biography
When Lauren Daddona graduated from Maine’s Bowdoin College with a degree in romance languages and art history, a transition to the world of wine felt like the natural next step. Christie’s wine department was where she got her first exposure to juice in a concrete manner, but it was the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s intermediate course that allowed Daddona to contextualize and solidify her ad-hoc tasting experiences.
Daddona spent the first six years of her career at Lower Falls Wine Company in Newton, Massachusetts, where she tasted thousands of wines and traveled to wine regions in France, Spain, and the United States. While at Lower Falls, she even acted as auction liaison between the retail store and Skinner Inc., eventually becoming part of New England’s first ever wine auctions once the two companies partnered.
Deciding to fully pursue the Master Sommelier track, Daddona took a sommelier position at Les Zygomates in Boston, and moved on to manage the wine program at Chiara Bistro in Westwood, Massachusetts. In 2013, she earned her Advanced Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers—one of only six people in Boston to have done so—and was promoted from sommelier to Wine Director at L’Espalier that same year. The wine list at L'Espalier is known for its high-quality, distinctive bottlings, and Daddona invests her time and effort in continually searching the globe for new treasures to add to the list. She is on the board of directors of the Boston Sommelier Society, competed in the 2013 Somm Slam, and was a Top|Somm regional finalist in both 2014 and 2015. Daddona earned a 2015 StarChefs Rising Star Sommelier Award for her work at L'Espalier.