Sommelier Ramon Narvaez of Adour - Biography

Washington, DC

June 2010

Sommelier Ramon Narvaez maintains a list of about 500 bottles at Adour. Even in the elegant setting of the restaurant, Narvaez has learned over his two-year tenure to balance some of the priceless bottles at his disposal with a more economically-friendly array of wines. He does this by picking and choosing less expensive gems from the less well known wine sub-regions throughout the world—he makes the shrewd observation that customers are more open to purchasing wine freely in large quantities if the per-bottle ticket is smaller. In 2007 Narvaez earned his certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has an impressive history in DC sommelier circles, spending time at both the Park Hyatt Hotel and Osteria Goldoni restaurant before spending six years running the wine program at Marcel's.