Number of sommeliers at The Little Nell grows to 37
November 27, 2015
The Little Nell takes pride in its wine program at the hotel, which is overseen by master sommelier and wine director Carlton McCoy. McCoy leads wine tastings and classes for staff on an ongoing basis, and the Nell also supports staff pursuits toward wine certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Earlier this month, a number of employees of the Nell earned their Level 1 and 2 certifications from the court at exams held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, bringing the total number of sommeliers at the hotel to 37, comprising 24 introductory, 10 certified, two advanced and one master. At these recent exams, The Little Nell earned top honors with Leo Spinelli from the banquets team and Erik Elliot from Ajax Tavern achieving the high score on the introductory and certified exams, respectively.
The current list of 37 sommeliers at the Nell includes:
Introductory Sommeliers (24)
Charles Benoit, Amanda Severin. Alex Costa, Leo Spinelli (overall high score in his class, Nov. 10), Nataliia Gudzenko, May Selby, Stephanie Strauss, Lauren New, Ian Simmons, Peter Kovach, Sarah Liendo, Matt Jacobsen, Ashley Arnot, Oscar Fernandez, Carrie Williams, Chef Matt Zubrod, Thom Barr, Zach McCabe , Lindsey McConnell, Nick Adler, Jake Zubrod, Casarae Clark, Marcy Kneiper, Dionysio Madrid.
Certified Sommeliers (10)
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Itzel Ortiz, Erik Elliot (overall high score in his class, Nov. 8), John Koch, Robert Calfee, Ricardo Leyvas, Jeff Moses, Christopher Dunaway, Grant Barrette, Suman Pradham, Derek Reijmer.
Advanced Sommeliers (2)
Timothy Baldwin and Csaba Oveges.
Master Sommelier (1)
The Little Nell also is featured in the documentary series "Somm Uncorked" on Esquire TV currently airing Tuesdays. The show follows six aspiring master sommeliers from New York as they prepare for their master sommeliers exam and features former Little Nell master sommeliers Sabato Sagaria and Dustin Wilson throughout the series. The Nell was the setting for the exam last spring, which is the topic for the final episode, airing Dec. 15. Chair 9 will present a rescreening of the finale in January with McCoy and fellow sommeliers as hosts, also featuring wine specials.