Best New Sommelier Top » 2013 » Andrey Ivanov | Elaia and Olio, St. Louis

As soon as sommeliers become Master Sommeliers, they often disappear from the dining room, moving on to positions with better hours and less box-hauling and bottle-schlepping up and down stairs. We like to keep track of the new talent, as they’re on the front lines and often lead us to our favorite new wines, from places and producers we’d never known before. So we canvas top sommeliers across the country, networking with wine directors at leading restaurants, members of the Court of Master Sommeliers and the young people aspiring to pass the MS exam. They’ve shared their votes on the most promising new professionals on the floor. With fewer than four years as lead wine buyers, two women and six men received the most acclaim from their peers. We’d like to introduce Wine & Spirits’ Best New Sommeliers of 2013.

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Andrey Ivanov, Saint Louis, MO