Allora co-owner named one of America’s top five new sommeliers

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Wine & Spirits magazine’s October 2018 issue names Allora co-owner Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou as one of the top five new sommeliers in the United States.

Mandalou and her husband, chef Deneb Williams, opened Allora in February at 5215 Folsom Blvd. The Italian seafood restaurant boasts a 22-foot-tall wine cellar with more than 200 types of European wines, most of them Italian or Greek.

A Sacramento native, Mandalou learned the finer points of wine from Jeremy Reed at Ella Dining Room and Bar before opening Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen with Williams. She became a certified sommelier in 2013 and passed the three-day advanced sommelier exam last summer, becoming just the third Sacramentan to do so.

Wine & Spirits surveyed sommeliers around the country for recommendations of newcomers who could show off their exquisite wine lists with strength, speed, modesty and enthusiasm. Kristy McDonald of Per Se, a three-Michelin-starred Thomas Keller restaurant in New York City, called Allora’s wine list “daring and eclectic.”

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