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

Try Winespectator.com Free for 30 Days!

Full Access to our database of more than 400,000 wine ratings

Early access to reviews on our editors' favorite just-rate winespectators

Wine and food pairing tool, chefs' pairing recommendations

Best value wines and winery intel

Subscribe today

You Might Also Like

Oregon Pinot Noir Star Lynn Penner-Ash Moves On

Oregon Pinot Noir Star Lynn Penner-Ash Moves On

The Willamette Valley icon retires after four decades in the wine business

Sep 22, 2022
An Artistic Approach to Wine at the Modern

An Artistic Approach to Wine at the Modern

Arthur Hon shares his creative perspective at New York’s most iconic museum restaurant

Sep 22, 2022
An American in Provence—Act III

An American in Provence—Act III

He restored Miraval before it attained celebrity rosé fame. Since then, he’s done much, …

Sep 16, 2022
Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood

The singer, actor and entrepreneur talks wine, food and more

Oct 15, 2022
Sonoma’s Storyteller

Sonoma’s Storyteller

Robert Kamen is one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters, but his greatest challenge …

Oct 15, 2022
Etna’s Fields of Dreams

Etna’s Fields of Dreams

Small is still beautiful on Europe’s “hot” volcano as newcomers continue to arrive

Aug 26, 2022