A nod to wine tradition
Paul Guerzon, a sommelier at SD26, shows off its tastevin. (Ryan Thatcher)
If you’ve eaten at SD26, you may have noticed employees dressed in suits and big silver necklaces. No, the upscale Italian restaurant is not channeling Flavor Flav.
The people are sommeliers, and the silver pendants that hang from their necks are tastevins, traditional silver cups used by winemakers and sommeliers in Europe to taste wine before it is served.
A more modern twist
While tastevins are a nod to tradition, SD26 also embraces modernity. An entirely digitalized wine list comes on a hand-held, touchscreen device, and automatic wine-dispensing machines (known as Enomatic machines) line the front wall.
“We stand for tradition, but we’re always evolving,” said Marisa May.