A sommelier (/ˈsɒməlj/ or /sʌməlˈj/; French pronunciation: [sɔməlje]), or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. The role of the wine steward in fine dining today is much more specialized and informed than that of a "wine waiter". Sommeliers Australia states that the role is strategically on par with that of the chef de cuisine.[1]

An Italian sommelier (F.I.S.A.R.) with a tastevin around his neck