Element 47's wine program has a reputation as rich as its cellar. Not only have we earned the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1997
, we’ve achieved the remarkable feat of graduating 11 of North America’s 182 Master Sommeliers (the most of any establishment in North America), including Carlton McCoy
, who runs our wine program today. Along with Food & Beverage Director, Csaba "Chubby" Oveges, Carlton brings an infectious passion to the wine program at The Little Nell. Chris Dunaway serves as Head Sommelier while Erik Elliott and Jesse Libby are sommeliers. The wine program hosts several phenomenal wine events
each year, which are heavily attended by a wide spectrum of wine connoisseurs.
We celebrated our 20th anniversary of receiving the Grand Award with a special dinner in August 2017, documented in this video
. In 2018, we were named a finalist for "Outstanding Wine Program" by the James Beard Foundation, nominated to Wine Enthusiast
's Hall of Fame and also proudly received Wine Spectator
's Grand Award once again.
With 20,000+ wines in our cellar, our approach is based on a list that majors on classic producers and regions, with multiple vintages and wines from a roster of the world’s biggest names, from Roulot and Romanée-Conti in Burgundy, to Ridge and Screaming Eagle in California, via Chave Hermitage, Piedmont’s Gaja and a superb collection of mature classed-growth claret. We invited you to peruse the element 47 list of wines by the bottle and wines by the glass
. The Nell is proud to have more than 50 sommeliers on staff, comprising 23 Introductory, 17 Certified, 4 Advanced and 1 Master.
Enjoy a private cellar tasting, catered to your every need and hosted by one of our sommeliers. For a more elevated experience, reserve a private cellar dinner with a customized menu and hand-selected wine pairings, including a consultation with our Master Sommelier and Executive Chef. Please contact element 47 to reserve your tour or dinner
New in 2018, The Little Nell Wine Club
, designed for oenophiles interested in ordering wine for preferred pricing and the opportunity to have it stored onsite. Membership begins with a personal consultation with our Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy. The annual fee is $8,000, which is applied towards stocking your wine collection onsite and a 10% reduction off all wine purchases. Among the benefits, members will have access to order wines from rare allocated producers from classic regions, as well as unlisted wines from our attic. For more information, please contact Carlton directly – firstname.lastname@example.org