2016 Sommeliers of the Year Food & Wine, March 18, 2016
The Sommeliers Of The Union Square Hospitality Group
Why They Won
For the first time ever, F&W is awarding a Sommelier of the Year honor to an entire restaurant group. While Danny Meyer's New York City places have always had tremendous wine programs, they've become even more extraordinary of late under director of wine operations John Ragan and these six sommeliers.
"We're constantly asking, Is this wine telling the story of what the restaurant's trying to do?" says Ragan. "That might be great Italian wine and Champagne to go with pizza at Marta, or old-vintage, old-school California at North End Grill." Here, the USHG sommeliers share the story behind one personally meaningful wine.