London is home to a remarkable pool of talented wine personalities who are devoted to helping diners enjoy the diverse world of wine. But the people behind the best wine lists in London rarely get the recognition they deserve, especially compared to their chef counterparts.
It was with that in mind that we decided to publish a guide to the Top 50 Most Powerful Sommeliers in London, putting a face to the people who work to ensure that London’s on-trade wine offer remains among the most exciting in the world.
The guide followed on from our Wine List Confidential Top 100 restaurants for wine in London – which ranks restaurants on the strength of its wine list alone – in May last year. We felt it was time to shine a brighter light on the people behind those lists.
And so we introduce Wine List Confidential’s Top 10 Most Powerful Sommeliers in London 2019. The people profiled in this guide have been ordered loosely according to the rankings of restaurants in last year’s Wine List Confidential.
In other words, their position in this publication is related to the ranking of their establishment in our wine list guide from 2018 – which you can order from winelistconfidential.com.
Here, we introduce Wine List Confidential’s Top 50 Most Powerful Sommeliers in London 2019.
For more on the methodology and reasoning behind our top 50 sommeliers, click here. You can see a full list of the top 50, along with a profile on their career and short Q&As on their life on the floor by clicking here.
Click through to see our top 10, and what makes them, and their wine lists, stand out from the crowd.
NB: Please note, this is a reproduction of rankings published in the Top 50 Most Influential Sommeliers 2019 guide. All roles were correct at time of publication (February), but are subject to change.