Larry Stone Master Sommelier, President Evening Land Vineyards
A sommelier is a person who actually is kind of a multitasking kind of a job, because you are mainly focused on wine. So you go to a restaurant and you look at a wine list -- and wine lists can be intimidating, unknown territory, and so sommeliers are there to say, "Well, you're having this food. If you try this wine, this should be good."
It should be a guide. It should be like a guide to the wine list, and also to food and wine matching. At the same time, a real sommelier also works as a bridge, and is kind of an advocate for the consumer, for the guests in the restaurant, to the chef and to the kitchen and to the rest of the staff, because often a sommelier can have a more intimate relationship with a guest because they have to understand their needs, what their experience is, what their background is to understand what wine would really match them.
So I think it was just a wonderful job that allowed me to communicate with lots of people from very different backgrounds, and to improve their experience and to add to their -- often it's a very significant occasion to really be a part of their life in some way, even to facilitate at a major event in their life.
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