Ask this 50-year-old native of Rome what makes a sommelier great, and he’ll tell you it’s all about trust. “It’s important to establish a relationship with the customer right off the bat,” he says. “That way I can ensure that they will have a great food and wine experience.” Barbieri’s table-side manner is relaxing, never intimidating and always informative. The man is a fount of knowledge, and he always tries to find wines at price points with which his customers are comfortable. Alex recently won a Grand Award from Wine Spectator for its 2000 label wine list that he compiled with Wynn wine director Danielle Price. Barbieri is also a winemaker in Santa Barbara County who recently bottled his Barbieri Vineyards 2009 Syrah.
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