Tips for the Sommelier from Washington D.C. Area Rising Star Sommelier Julian Mayor of Bourbon Steak

December 2014

Tips for the Sommelier

You don’t write wine lists for yourself. Know your audience. 

There’s no such thing as being too humble. Speak from the heart but don’t overdo it.   

Knowing about wine can only help you in so many different careers and situations. So, share your knowledge in a way that helps those who are not in the industry. 

Expect from your vendors what your customers expect from you, but treat your vendors the way you would want your customers to treat you. 

Staff training is the most important thing you can do.  You can’t always be there 100 percent of the time. Make sure your staff can speak confidently to your customers the way that you do.