emotionally charged conversation with young and incredibly talented Sommelier "restaurateurs offer the title, but shit money" is that so??!— Zoltan Szabo (@zoltanszabo) January 6, 2014
Canadian wine guru, Zoltan Szabo, is tired of sommeliers not getting properly compensated for their expertise. Since he aired his frustrations on Twitter yesterday, the conversation has become equal parts activist rally, career counselling, and employment centre.
@zoltanszabo tough to live in any major city on $45k gross. Why don't you start a sommelier union?— John Szabo (@johnszabo) January 7, 2014
John Szabo, Canada's first Master Sommelier (unrelated to Zoltan), weighs in with what could be a tongue-in-cheek suggestion but, for many up-and-coming sommeliers, the unionizing question must be on their minds.
@zoltanszabo should I drop out of school now...?— Erika Houde-Pearce (@ErikaHoudeP) January 6, 2014
Maybe Erika Houde-Pearce will start getting signatures.
@zoltanszabo @johnszabo If you know Sommeliers being offered low pay send them to me. I'm looking for staff and will pay them much more.— Rik Ocvirk (@RikOcvirk) January 7, 2014
Or Rik Ocvirk, Director of Operations for the Distillery Restaurants Corporation, will offer everyone good jobs with solid pay. Either way, the issue isn't going away. Have you ever benefitted from a Sommelier's expertise? What do you think is a fair salary? Should they unionize? Let us know what you think. [Eaterwire]
· @zoltanszabo [Twitter]
· @johnszabo [Twitter]
· @ErikaHoudeP [Twitter]
· @RikOcvirk [Twitter]