More and more small bars and local taverns are beginning to stock and serve a large assortment of good wines. Some have even gone so far as to start stocking fine collections of various wines.
As the American public changes its beverage consumption its important that bar and tavern owners as well as all members of every bar and wait staff become fluent if not familiar with wine industry terms.
One term that I know that keeps popping up more and more, albeit only in fine restaurants and upscale nightclubs, is a Sommelier. What the heck is a Sommelier?
Sommelier is a French term which describes the function of a person in a bar or restaurant. A Sommelier is a "highly trained" wine steward, someone who has the knowledge of a true wine professional.
It is important to note that a sommelier specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as offering wine and food "pairing recommendations". The role of a sommelier is much more specialized - and far more knowledgeable - than that of a just a wine waiter.
Hope you found this of interest.