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NEW ORLEANS, La. (May 14, 2015) - Food & Wine Magazine has recently named Molly Wismeier, director of wine and spirits for Restaurant R'evolution, among the nation's top seven sommeliers of 2015. The distinction is particularly rewarding and meaningful since a panel of master sommeliers from across the country select the nominees. "I am humbled and deeply honored to have been chosen by my peers," said Wismeier who is one of three women selected this year. Fluent in Russian and a passionate world historian, Wismeier's most compelling talent is navigating and translating the language of wine.

Food & Wine's deputy wine editor Megan Krigbaum writes that Wismeier is "an exceptional talent scout, she stocks her 10,000-bottle cellar with impressive old vintages from lesser known talents as well as superstars. We're so pleased to have Molly in this great group."

Molly Wismeier honed her skills at some of the finest dining establishments in the country including Charlie Trotter's, Ambia, MK The Restaurant and Cru. In 2010 executive chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto approached Wismeier with an opportunity to work with them on a brand new joint venture, Restaurant R'evolution at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. The opportunity to move to a city renowned for its culinary culture and history was one she could not pass up. "New Orleans is an epicenter for food, wine, art, and so much more," notes Wismeier. "This city embodies the best of all the things I love in one place." Restaurant R'evolution, located in the heart of the French Quarter at Royal Sonesta, opened its doors in June of 2012.

For the past three years as director of wine and spirits, Wismeier has focused on maintaining a world-class selection of fine wines from around the world with an emphasis on the seven nations that originally settled in Louisiana and make up the backbone of what has become known as Creole cuisine. Wismeier's extensive wine list features selections from emerging wine-producing regions as well as selections from some of the lesser-known regions of Lebanon, Slovenia and Greece.

Restaurant R'evolution participates in numerous special events throughout the year. During the upcoming New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, Restaurant R'evolution will host a special wine dinner on Wednesday May 20th at 7:00 p.m. An exploration of great Burgundy, the evening features Henriot Champagne, William Fevre Chablis, Bouchard Pere & Fils Burgundy and a special menu created by two of the country's most renowned chefs. For reservations and details, call 504.553.2277.


 Restaurant R'evolution at Royal Sonesta New Orleans opened to the public in June 2012. That same year, New Orleans Magazine selected Restaurant R'evolution as the Best New Restaurant. The elegant 6,000 square-foot fine dining restaurant which seats 160 is the first joint venture for chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto's restaurant development company, Home on the Range. Located in the heart of the French Quarter at 777 Bienville Street, Restaurant R'evolution's cuisine is a modern and imaginative reinterpretation of classic Cajun and Creole styles. The restaurant is a celebration of the cultural fusion of the food and flavor that has shaped the culinary landscape of New Orleans. Dinner at Restaurant R'evolution is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. The popular Sunday Jazz Brunch is offered from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For your convenience, valet parking is available at the restaurant's Bienville Street entrance or inside the Royal Sonesta's parking garage. Attire is casual but proper. For reservations, please call 504.553.2277. For more information, visit us at or follow the restaurant on FacebookTwitter or Restaurant R'evolution's Blog for a behind-the-scenes peek inside one of New Orleans' most exciting new restaurants.

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a 500-room luxury hotel that provides visitors with an authentic New Orleans experience. The property encompasses an entire city block at 300 Bourbon Street and is located steps away from some of the finest shopping and visitor attractions in the city. With an historic location and distinct French Quarter architectural features, the hotel is home to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, the original PJ's Coffee Café, Desire Oyster Bar, and the award winning Restaurant R'evolution. The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is one of 58 properties within in the Sonesta Collection. For more information, visit or call us in New Orleans at 504.586.0300.

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