Aging on the Vine

Born in France, Roger Dagorn is a famed wine expert and one of the oldest working sommeliers in New York. Over the years he has brought his skills to several restaurants in the city and currently works at both Tocqueville and 15 East restaurants near Union Square. The profession is fairly uncommon for older individuals because of the physical labor and long hours. However, Roger has worked in the restaurant business since his family moved to America when he was nine-years-old. Although he earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, Roger kept returning to the industry he knew best. He became a certified sommelier in 1972 and worked as a beverage director at many prominent restaurants. At 63, Roger is a mentor and inspiration to other wine experts in the area and hopes to keep his job throughout his seventies.

The Wall Street Journal