The New Faces of Wine
For generations, wine service has had a decidedly European bent, thanks to that continent’s lineage of accomplished winemaking. And sommeliers — those in charge of buying wines, crafting wine lists and recommending fine wines to diners — were typically white men. No more.
Now, many in the industry say they are seeing more minority wine buyers, wine stewards and sommeliers. It’s a remarkable turn, given that many come from cultures in which wine drinking is not only uncommon, but in a few cases, forbidden because of religious beliefs.
Read this series by San Jose Mercury News reporter Carolyn Jung.
Carolyn Jung has been the food editor/food writer of the San Jose Mercury News since June 1997. Jung shares her experiences from The New Faces of Wine series. Read Essay
Sommeliers — those in charge of buying wines, crafting wine lists and recommending fine wines to diners — were typically white men. Now, ethnic minorities are starting to make this profession their own. Read Story
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