Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 3, 2009
sommelier \suhm-uhl-YEY; Fr. saw-muh-LYEY\
A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.
In the restaurant we ordered hors d'oeuvres and beer. The sommelier brought the beer, tall, beaded on the outside of the steins, and cold. There were a dozen different dishes of hors d'oeuvres.
-- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
If the wine list is not online, drop by the restaurant in advance, look over the list and talk with the sommelier. It's a small investment in time that will pay big dividends.
-- Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, "Ordering for a Business Meal", Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2009
Sommelier derives from French, from Old French, "officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver," alteration of sommerier, from sommier," beast of burden," from Vulgar Latin saumārius.