Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 40-31

12th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw

32. TOP FEMALE SOMMELIERS

Influencing restaurant- goers’ wine choices from London to New York are a score of switched-on female sommeliers. Saudi Arabian-born, LA-raised Sandia Chang (pictured) hung up her corkscrew at Per Se in New York to teach Londoners a thing or two about wine. She currently heads up her hugely popular hotdog and grower Champagne restaurant Bubbledogs in Soho, along with the fine dining Kitchen Table, run by her husband James Knappett in a private room at the back of the restaurant. Across town, Italian-born Vanessa Cinti recently swapped California for London, where she is head sommelier at Wolfgang Puck’s first London outpost, Cut at 45 Park Lane, selling the likes of Sine Qua Non and Screaming Eagle to cult wine enthusiasts. Over in New York, Belinda Chang made waves with her list at The Modern restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art, before moving on to The Monkey Bar, owned by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. She is now the beverage director for the Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group in partnership with Starwood Hotels. Another name to watch is TerraVina’s former head sommelier Laura Rhys, who left Gerard Basset MS MW’s hotel last year to pursue her dream of working in California.

3 Responses to “Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 40-31”

  1. Steve Webb says:

    I do hope Sandrine Garbay is top – she does after all make the best wine in the world bar none!

    • Martin Campion says:

      Steve, Sandrine comes a close second, but top spot surely goes to Katharina Pum. Berenice Lurton is # three, obviously.

  2. I would Tanya Torr right up very close to the top .

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