Rising Star Sommelier Julie Dalton of Wit & Wisdom - Biography

Baltimore, MD

November 2014

Like many students, Julie Dalton waited tables in college, and the savvy scholar soon realized she could earn more money if she knew a thing or two about wine. But even with that early introduction to the perks of oenology insight, Dalton spent 12 years working in the biotech industry before she decided to listen to her inner monologue and struck out on a new career path paved with grapes. She began working for an importer in 2010, but eventually realized hospitality was her true calling. For Dalton, the intrigue of wine is its ability to be a unifier, encompassing and connecting subjects as far ranging as weather, religion, taxonomy, and botany. After completing her Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, she helped Michael Mina and Raj Parr open Wit & Wisdom, a tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore City, Maryland. Dalton is also a Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators and is presently in the process of completing her Diploma in Wine and Spirits through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Dalton represented the Mid-Atlantic region at the National Young Sommelier Competition through the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in 2010, and the Washington, D.C.-area for the Guild of Sommeliers in Champagne after winning the Ruinart Challenge for the Mid-Atlantic in 2012. Dalton also competed and earned the runner-up spot in both the 2012 and 2013 StarChefs.com Somm Slam at the International Chefs Conference. In 2014, Dalton earned a StarChefs Rising Star Sommelier Award for her work at Wit & Wisdom.