Immigrants are changing the stereotypical image of a sommelier at some of D.C.’s finest restaurants. As the wine profession changes from the traditional European mold, this new class of somms have worked their way to the top while diversifying the profession and palates. Kojo speaks with Jamaican-born Nadine Brown of Charlie Palmer Steak and Peruvian-born Cesar Varela of Fiola Mare about succeeding in D.C.’s wine industry and the newest trends for wine enthusiasts.


  • Nadine Brown Wine Director, Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Cesar Varela Cellar Master, Fiola Mare

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