Profile: Eric Zillier
From The Alcohol Professor
For 15 years Eric Zillier has worked as a sommelier or wine director at some of New York’s finest restaurants including Veritas, Alto and Gotham Bar and Grill. He is currently working on a book about his experiences in the wine business.
NoteStreams By Eric Zillier
A few years ago Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth asked me what I thought about a survey indicating that over 80% of the respondents did not want a sommelier to taste their wine before it was served. I have served wine in well-respected restaurants that both tasted and didn’t taste the wines. Learn the reasons behind the practice, and you can decide for yourself!
By 2001, wine lovers in New York City spent lavish amounts of money in restaurants like Veritas. Adventurous diners would try wines they had only read about. Those stories were fun to relive and easy to tell. As a sommelier, however, enlightenment came from the more challenging moments...!