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Dillman Wins Regional Sommelier Competition

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(Photo Credit: Scott Cunningham)

The regional Top|Somm competition for the Great Lakes area took place in Chicago last night, and as tweeted live via @LisaTheWaitress, Columbus competitor Chris Dillman took first place. Dillman beat out seven other Sommeliers and will go on to compete in the National competition in Napa, California in August.

For more information on the Top|Somm Competition, the Guild of Sommeliers, or the Court of Master Sommeliers, please visit GuildSomm.com.

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  • Congrats Chris! Way to represent Columbus! :D

  • lifeliberty

    He’s doing a French food and wine pairing at Sage on April 21(Wed) I think.  Call Sage to confirm the info and for reservations.

  • Bear

    Well deserved — represents a truly impressive amount of work.  Kudos!

    On to Napa  :-)

  • Congrats! That’s awesome!

  • ilovethiscity

    Well deserved – great guy – crazy smarts – CONGRATULATIONS Chris!

  • penelopus

    +1 :)

  • A well earned award for some very, very hard work.

  • lizless

    Wow! Amazing! Big congrats to Chris! You make Columbus proud!

  • In case you have newer been in the “biz” and have no idea what this is (like me).

    Sommelier – a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.

  • Heh. I’d probably go with the Wikipedia definition, which is a little more robust:

    A sommelier (pronounced /sʌməlˈjeɪ/, French pronunciation: [sɔməlje]), or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, commonly working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The role is more specialized and informed than that of a wine waiter.

  • Rockmastermike

    Congratulations Chris

  • Well done and well deserved.  Chris is a Columbus treasure.   As Sage Sommelier, Chris makes Sage an incredible deal since it is a rare place in Columbus that can offer undivided attention from and access to a wine and cocktail tour guide.

  • Congratulations!!

  • Congrats, Chris!

  • Wonderful news! Huge congrats!

  • John McCollum

    To crib a phrase from the veep, this is a big fucking deal. Seriously. Congrats, Chris.

  • Mae


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