Best Sommelier

Devin Zendel

3Over the past seven years, Devin Zendel has been at the helm of some of the most exciting wine programs in the city (Vintner Grill, Carnevino, Eiffel Tower Restaurant). This spring, he landed at DB Brasserie, charged with complementing the food of chef Daniel Boulud and executive chef David Middleton. After only a short exchange, most patrons will feel as if they have known the exuberant wine expert for years. With a sly grin and an arsenal of laymen adjectives, Zendel—who studied hospitality administration at UNLV and is currently pursuing his master sommelier certification—makes the tasting (and buying) experience palatable to both novices and seasoned pros. His favorite wine producer right now? “Ridge Vineyards in Santa Cruz,” he says. “This is one of the greatest wineries in America.”