Ilan Baril

Ilan is a non-title having sommelier with nearly nine years experience helping steer a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Wine List.

When did your love affair with wine begin?
At one of my first restaurant jobs I had a friendly regular who would drink great wine and let me taste, sharing knowledge about what he had ordered. One day it was the 1994 Bernardus Marinus, and I realized that it was just… different. A dozen years later and I still revel in finding the new and delicious.

Favorite places to eat/drink/play?
Denver, Austin, New York, New Orleans.

What is one quirky thing no one knows about you?
My folks didn’t give me a middle name, so I picked my own. It's Harvey, by the way.

If you were throwing a dinner party, who would you invite?
My friends for sure, and I’d love to have Richard Branson, Thomas Jefferson, Thor Heyerdahl, Deepak Chopra, Bono, Toots, Jose Andres, Anthony Bourdain.

Who do you adore as a style icon?
James Dean and Aaron Forman.

What do you love most about your job?
Opening our members' minds, palates, and doors to great wines!

Favorite city to visit?

What is your current style obsession?
The perfect white shirt.

Who is your palate icon?
For wine, Oz Clarke, for food, the Bromberg Brothers.

Who is your favorite musician/band?
Love so much different stuff; Florence & The Machine, Magnetic Fields, Heartless Bastards, Kid Cudi, Mumford and Sons and We Are Augustines are getting a lot of spins lately.

Who has influenced you most?
My family, so much love there.

Any closing words of wisdom?
Listen more, talk more, live more, love more.

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