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Best sommelier in the Bay Area?

nm424 Aug 27, 2007 11:57 AM

Just wondering if anyone had any opinion on this...

Thanks in advance!

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2007 01:40 PM

    Mark Ellenbogen
    Shelly Lindgren
    Edward Ruiz
    Omar White

    11 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      SLRossi Aug 27, 2007 01:52 PM

      Current gigs?

      1. re: SLRossi
        Morton the Mousse Aug 27, 2007 06:45 PM

        Ellenbogen - Slanted Door
        Lindgren - A16
        Ruiz - Incanto
        White - Used to work for Pizzaiolo, but I believe he left.

        1. re: Morton the Mousse
          SLRossi Aug 28, 2007 08:37 AM

          Haven't experienced all of them, but I can say that I have had awesome experiences with Shelly Lindgren at A16.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston
        vincentlo Aug 31, 2007 03:10 AM

        Not including Larry Stone at Rubicon?


        1. re: vincentlo
          Paul H Aug 31, 2007 06:25 AM

          Larry Stone is no longer at Rubicon.

          1. re: Paul H
            Robert Lauriston Aug 31, 2007 08:57 AM

            He's no longer working as a sommelier.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Paul H Aug 31, 2007 10:16 AM

              We are both right.

              1. re: Paul H
                Robert Lauriston Aug 31, 2007 10:19 AM

                I was just noting that since the next question would be "where's he working now."

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Melanie Wong Aug 31, 2007 10:22 AM

                  Still a partner, not on the floor, many other projects,

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    maria lorraine Sep 1, 2007 02:35 PM

                    General manager of Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate, among other projects.

          2. re: vincentlo
            loomco Feb 5, 2009 08:33 AM

            Rubicon is closed.

        2. ccbweb Aug 27, 2007 02:32 PM

          Alex Fox at Myth
          Everyone we've talked with about wine at Quince (which I think has the best wine program in town). Christie Dufault runs the program.

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          1. re: ccbweb
            chickyonly Aug 27, 2007 10:25 PM

            seconded re: alex fox. four of us had a wonderful dinner at myth recently with excellent wines chosen by him. he was very personable, and when one of the diners didn't love our dessert wine and mentioned it to him in passing, we quickly received a free dessert with wine pairing that everyone absolutely fawned over. it was wonderful.

            1. re: ccbweb
              originalfig Nov 4, 2011 02:58 PM

              Ack - I don't know how this thread was revived - my bad for replying.

            2. chaddict Aug 27, 2007 10:24 PM

              Rajat Parr, hands down. Even other sommeliers will say Raj (Michael Mina, not a fan of the restaurant but the wine program rocks).

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                Robbin_G Feb 4, 2009 08:01 PM

                I wanted to give this thread a bump and see what peoples thoughts are now.

                1. EnderWiggin Feb 4, 2009 10:34 PM

                  Paul Roberts - Thomas Keller Restaurant group...well he left last spring. He is now working for Harlan Estate/Bond.

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                  1. re: EnderWiggin
                    Robbin_G Feb 5, 2009 06:06 AM

                    Interesting that these awesome guys are going to wineries....

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                    foodtroy Feb 5, 2009 09:01 AM

                    Stephane Lacroix at the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton made some amazing pairings last time I was there.

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