Women Sommeliers Power the Profession’s Future

What's it like being a female in the male-dominated sommelier world? Women wine pros around the U.S. share their experiences, plus predictions for post-pandemic wine service

Women Sommeliers Power the Profession’s Future
Shelley Lindgren says the female presence in the Bay Area wine world has greatly increased since the '90s, when she didn't know of a single female sommelier in the area. (Kelly Puleio)
From the Mar 31, 2021, issue

Today’s female sommeliers often face gender-related career obstacles. Wine Spectator asks women wine pros around the U.S., many from Restaurant Award winners, to share their experiences and predict what wine service will be like post-pandemic.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

Sommelier Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Springtime Brunch Wine?

Sommelier Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Springtime Brunch Wine?

Before your brain goes straight to bubbly, check out these recommendations by nine wine …

May 5, 2021
Tiquette Bramlett Has Ambitious Goals for Oregon's Vidon Vineyard

Tiquette Bramlett Has Ambitious Goals for Oregon's Vidon Vineyard

In an exclusive interview, the first Black woman hired to run a winery in a major U.S. …

May 9, 2021
Wine Talk: Maz Jobrani's Wine Routine

Wine Talk: Maz Jobrani's Wine Routine

The Iranian-American comedian talks about growing up in wine country, comedic wine rituals …

Apr 29, 2021
The Tractor of Montemarano (Touring Campania, Part 4)

The Tractor of Montemarano (Touring Campania, Part 4)

How Salvatore Molettieri became a benchmark for potent Aglianico

Apr 28, 2021
Pop Stars: Pauline Lhote of Napa's Domaine Chandon

Pop Stars: Pauline Lhote of Napa's Domaine Chandon

The head winemaker at the storied sparkling wine house encourages women in the wine …

Apr 23, 2021
Remembering Pio Boffa

Remembering Pio Boffa

Barolo star Pio Boffa's classic wines were matched by his passion and hospitality

Apr 19, 2021