What’s a Sommelier?
A sommelier is more than a wine server at a restaurant. The job entails being a wine expert, for sure, but it’s more than that.
A sommelier is formally trained to know all about wine – wine service, wine storage and wine pairings. The Coast Guard House wine director Elisa Wybraniec, who is a certified sommelier,trains the staff and works with chef Angel Cardona to create multi-course menus that complement the restaurant’s wine selection.
Anyone who serves wine can call themselves a sommelier, but to become certified means formal training, rigorous exams and years of experience.According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, the certification that Elisa earned ensures “a degree of skill in salesmanship, the business of beverage program management, tasting ability and theoretical understanding of the world of wine and beverage.” She’s also earned a Diploma of Wine and Spirits (DWS), from the London-based Wine & Spirits Education Trust.
The Coast Guard House extensive and varied wine list has earned the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”every year since 2015, so if there’s a type of wine you like, no matter how obscure, chances are good that Elisa can direct you to a bottle you’ll love.