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 - Corporate Beverage Director, Altamarea Group


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 2018.

Daniel Johnnes and La Paulée would like to thank the winemakers who supported this endeavor: Bouchard Père & Fils, Domaine des Croix, Domaine d'Eugénie, Domaine William Fèvre, Domaine Fourrier, Domaine Heitz-Lochardet, Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey, Domaine Gérard Julien & Fils, Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils, Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat, Domaine Nicolas Rossignol, Domaine Yvon Clerget, Domaine Georges Noëllat, Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Domaine Ballot-Millot, Domaine Antoine Jobard, Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Faiveley, Domaine Etienne Sauzet, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé

For any questions regarding the sommelier scholarship please email Justine Puaud at justine@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 Charlie Palmer Steak, Napa

Caleb Ganzer of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, NYC

Eduardo Porto-Carreiro of Untitled, NYC


Jennifer Ely of Private Cellar Selections, NYC/California

Daniel Jung of Tribeca Grill, NYC

Katja Scharnagl of Le Bernardin, NYC

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.