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Dillman Wins Regional Sommelier Competition

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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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17 Responses to Dillman Wins Regional Sommelier Competition

  1. Walker Evans
    Walker April 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am

    Congrats Chris! Way to represent Columbus! :D

  2. lifeliberty
    lifeliberty April 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am

    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.

  3. Bear
    Bear April 6, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am

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

    On to Napa  :-)

  4. crsimp01
    crsimp01 April 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am

    Congrats! That’s awesome!

  5. ilovethiscity
    ilovethiscity April 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am

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

  6. penelopus
    penelopus April 6, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm

    +1 :)

  7. chaptal
    chaptal April 6, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm

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

  8. Elizabeth Lessner
    lizless April 6, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm

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

  9. melikecheese
    melikecheese April 6, 2010 3:04 pm at 3:04 pm

    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.

  10. Walker Evans
    Walker April 6, 2010 3:35 pm at 3:35 pm

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

    A sommelier (pronounced /sʌməlˈjeɪ/, French pronunciation: ), 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.

  11. Rockmastermike April 6, 2010 4:39 pm at 4:39 pm

    Congratulations Chris

  12. CMH Gourmand
    CMH Gourmand April 6, 2010 8:35 pm at 8:35 pm

    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.

  13. racheltb April 6, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm


  14. BreakfastwithNick
    BreakfastwithNick April 7, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am

    Congrats, Chris!

  15. mark@sugardaddys.com
    mark@sugardaddys.com April 7, 2010 8:16 pm at 8:16 pm

    Wonderful news! Huge congrats!

  16. John McCollum April 9, 2010 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm

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

  17. Mae Greentree
    Mae April 12, 2010 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm


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