Penfolds & GQ Find the Best Dressed Sommelier
A well dressed sommelier is not exactly a rarity; after all the job entails curating great bottles in the homes of wine cognoscenti or in fancy restaurants. Still, Penfolds, Australia’s leading winemaker along with GQ Magazine, felt it proper to laud the most stylish somm. “This year marks the second annual collaboration with Penfolds to pay homage to the sommelier community and we couldn’t be more excited about the evolution of the Best Dressed Somm program,” explained Brett Fahlgren, GQ’s Executive Stylist. “All top contenders demonstrated their ability to curate a collection beyond the wine cellar. We especially loved Kyle because of his confidence in pulling off a completely original look.”
The event recently held at Steven Weiss Studio transformed into a Penfolds home and featured creative touches to represent the brand, saw Chef Sommelier Kyle Ridington from Piora Restaurant from NYC) win the coveted style title. “I am honored to be named this year’s Best Dressed Somm by Penfolds and GQ,” gushed the newly minted winner who wore a cropped trouser and a fitted blazer finished paired with a green scarf. “It’s exciting to celebrate putting my best self forward when it comes to style. For the recognition to come from Penfolds, a brand known for its prestige and high caliber wines, solidifies the hard work I’ve put into my career and life.” For winning Kyle will receive a spread in the magazine along with a private styling session with Brett Fahlgren.
In addition the evening served as the official U.S. debut of the Penfolds 2015 Collection, including the 2011 Grange – Penfolds’ flagship and one of the most collected wines in the world. It also included appearances from Rachel Roy and Marcus Samuelsson both of whom served at presenters. Naturally, it also featured appearances from the nominees—Taylor Grant, Nico Snyman, Matt Bostick, and Elphin Murren.