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Aug 27, 2007 11:57 AM

Best sommelier in the Bay Area?

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

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Mark Ellenbogen
    Shelly Lindgren
    Edward Ruiz
    Omar White

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      1. re: SLRossi

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

        1. re: Morton the Mousse

          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

        Not including Larry Stone at Rubicon?


        1. re: vincentlo

          Larry Stone is no longer at Rubicon.

          1. re: Paul H

            He's no longer working as a sommelier.

              1. re: Paul H

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

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

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

        2. 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

            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

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

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

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

                1. 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

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