Wine service at La Paulée is conducted by over fifty of the world's top wine professionals led by:

Chef Sommeliers
David Gordon - Wine Director, Myriad Restaurant Group
Patrick Cappiello - Partner/Wine Director, Walnut Street Café
Hristo Zisovski - Wine Director, Altamarea Group

2017 Sommeliers

Gillian Balance of Cavallo Point Lodge
Mollie Battenhouse of VOS Selections
Ned Benedict of Grand Cru Selections
Yannick Benjamin of Wheeling Forward
Patrick Bennett of Craft
Bryn Birkhahn of Vom Boden
Michelle Biscieglia of Blue Hill
Edouard Bourgeois of Café Boulud
Mark Bright of Saison
Joe Campanale of Anfora
Harley Carbery of Mandalay Bay Las Vegas
Kaitlyn Caruke of Rebelle
Matt Conway of Marc Forgione
Michel Couvreux of Per Se
Jennifer Ely of La Vigne
Michael Engelmann of The Modern
Caleb Ganzer of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Anjoleena Griffin-Holst of Table 301
Nathalie Grindstaff of Craft
Eric Hastings of Jean-Georges
Jimmy Hayes of Mayacamas
Guilhem Henriot of La Maison du Colombier

Jason Jacobeit of Bâtard
Jeff Kellogg
Karen King of Winebow
Tim Kopec of Private Cellar Selections
Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate
Kimberly Prokoshyn of Rebelle
Josh MacGregor of Tribeca Grill
Michael Madrigale of Wine Acces
Ryan Mills-Knapp of R Squared Selections
Steve Morgan of The Sorting Table
Cedric Nicaise of Eleven Madison Park
Robin Kelley O'Connor of RKO Vine
Abby Oliveras of Four Seasons
Raj Parr of Sandhi
Thomas Pastuszak of the NoMad
John Burns Patterson of Frankies 457
Marco Pelletier of Vantre
Philippe Troussard of Les Caudalies
Juliette Pope of David Bowler Wine
Eduardo Porto-Carreiro of Untitled (at the Whitney)
John Ragan of Union Square Hospitality Group
Eric Railsback of Grandes Places Selections

Grant Reynolds of Pasquale Jones
Joe Robitaille of Il Buco
Jesse Rodriguez of Montage Laguna Beach
Arvid Rosengren of Charlie Bird
Michael Sager of Sager & Wilde London
Jordan Salcito of Momofuku
Jonas Sandberg of La Paulée Nordic
Ashley Santoro of Narcissa
Rubén Sanz Ramiro of PM & Vänner
Mitja Sirk of La Subida
Jason Smith of the Bellagio
Totte Steneby of Domaine de la Côte
Larry Stone of Lingua Franca
Bobby Stuckey of Frasca Food & Wine
Yoshi Takemura of iwine.jp
Jeff Taylor of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Joshua Thomas of Octavia
Justin Timsit of Gramercy Tavern
Aviram Turgeman of Nice Matin
Daniel Unsun Jun of Tribeca Grill
Raj Vaidya of DANIEL
Jason Wagner of Union Square Cafe
Steve Wildy of Vetri
Dustin Wilson of Verve Wine


La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship


The La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship's goal is to help further the education of the new generation of young sommeliers by bringing them to the source and teaching them about the spirit of Burgundy - one that should be celebrated through its history and culture, the food, the drink, the song but most of all, the people who keep it alive.

Daniel Johnnes has been fortunate to have had an opportunity to discover Burgundy at a time when it was more accessible in the United States and sees the scholarship a chance to pay forward the opportunity he had.

The winning sommeliers will accompany Daniel Johnnes on an all-expense-paid trip to Burgundy, France to learn about the history and culture, visit the vineyards and winemakers, and of course, taste the wines of this prestigious wine region. The trip will include visits with legendary producers, growers in less well-known appellations, as well as visits with the young generation of up-and-coming growers who are at the forefront of what is new and exciting in Burgundy.

The winners will be selected by a selection committee made up of some of our nation's finest sommeliers, including past winners.

This trip will be funded with the support of Zachys Wine Auctions and the proceeds from a limited number of lots sourced directly from some of Burgundy's greatest domaines. These lots were sold during the Zachys Burgundy-focused auction in celebration of La Paulée de San Francisco 2016.

Daniel Johnnes and La Paulée would like to thank the winemakers who supported this endeavor: Domaine Ballot-Millot, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Domaine Chandon de Briailles, Château de la Tour, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Maison Joseph Drouhin, David Duband, Domaine Dujac, Domaine William Févre, Domaine Fourrier, Camille Giroud, Domaine Jean Grivot, Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat, Domaine Antoine Jobard, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Hubert Lamy, Domaine François Mikulski, Domaine de Montille, Domaine Bernard Moreau, Domaine Denis Mortet, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Domaine Paul Pillot, Domaine Roulot, and Champagne Delamotte.

For any questions regarding the sommelier scholarship please email Nicole Beloyianis at nicole@lapaulee.com.

La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship Alumni(ae)


Bryn Birkhahn of Pearl & Ash, NYC

Carlin Karr of Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder

Jeff Taylor of Felidia, NYC


Cedric Nicaise of Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Kimberly Prokoshyn of Rebelle, NYC

Steve Wildy of Vetri, Philadelphia, PA


Ashley Broshious of Acacia House, Napa

Caleb Ganzer of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, New York City

Eduardo Porto-Carreiro of Untitled

I cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am to have gone on this trip.  I had fairly high expectations, but am so blown away by everything.  Literally each day was one of the most impactful days of my career.  Not only will this trip be a huge part of my career, but there are so many memories that will be a part of my personal life as well.  You are an amazing host, an amazing guide and truly a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Burgundy. - Cedric Nicaise

Should you wish to make a contribution to the La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship, contact sally@lapaulee.com.

Please note that contributions are not tax-deductible.