Imagine: You're trying to impress your date at Trummer's On Main in Clifton, but the wine list might as well be written in hieroglyphics.
How can you choose between thousands of bottles, and which wine will go the best with your New York Strip? And just when you're about to blindly point at the menu… Sommelier Diana Roderique steps in.
"The best thing about this business for me is the hospitality and taking care of people," Roderique recently told Patch. "I want them to have an enlightened experience."
There are more than 2,000 wine selections at Trummer's. Most bottles range in price from $45-$325, and the most expensive is a $3,750 bottle of 2006 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, from Cote de Beaune, France.
So, how about the 2009 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Savignon for $115?
"It's great with a steak," said Roderique. "You might also like the 2009 Ransom Pinot Noir ($64), which has a juicy, ripe red fruit flavor and a rosemary aroma that pairs well with fresh herbs."
Roderique, 28, is a Clifton native and graduated from Centreville High School. She received her degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America (specializing in French cuisine), and became a sommelier (a wine steward) last year. Her career has included a stint at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner and as a chef instructor at The Art Institute. She was hired as the sommelier at Trummer's six months ago.
"I love helping people pair wine with their food," said Roderique, who is also the service director at the restaurant. "I try to be warm, friendly and open-minded. The goal is to help people in their personal journey with wine."