Daniel Johnnes is the Wine Director for Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group, including Restaurant Daniel, DB Bistro, DBGB, Cafe Boulud and Bar Boulud. He joined chef Boulud after spending 20 years as the Wine Director for Montrachet and the Myriad restaurant group. He is also an author, an importer, and the organizer of the Burgundy celebration, La Paulée de New York. Daniel received the highest honor awarded to a wine professional in the United States when the James Beard Foundation named him ‘2006 Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year’. He was named the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by Santé in 2000 and was honored as the nation's top sommelier by the James Beard Foundation in May of 1995, receiving the Outstanding Wine Service Award. In 1994 Daniel brought the highly coveted ‘Grand Award’ from the Wine Spectator to restaurant Montrachet and that same publication called Montrachet New York's finest wine restaurant. In 1991, Daniel finished as one of the top 10 sommeliers in the country in a competition sponsored by Food and Wines from France. Robert M. Parker Jr., publisher of The Wine Advocate described Daniel as ‘our nation's finest (and nicest) sommelier’.
In addition to his efforts as a sommelier and wine importer, he organizes fine wine dinners and tastings. His La Paulée Burgundy celebration in New York and in San Francisco has received rave reviews by the press and public alike with the Financial Times calling it, “the greatest bacchanalia on the face of the earth”. In addition to enjoying great wine and superb food prepared by our nation's finest chefs, the celebrants have pledged over $1,000,000 for charity.
In November of 2001, Daniel organized a benefit dinner with Robert M. Parker Jr. to assist families of those in the restaurant industry lost in the World Trade Center disaster. $1,000,000 was raised at this dinner. He became an author in 1996 with his consumer guide to good value wines - Daniel Johnnes’s Top 200 Wines, An Expert's Guide to Maximum Enjoyment for Your Dollar. It was updated with the 2004 edition. Daniel has contributed numerous articles to Food & Wine, Gourmet, Wine & Spirits, and Santé among others. He has been the subject of feature articles and his opinions have been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Food & Wine, Newsweek, Business Week, Vogue, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wine Spectator, Market Watch, Art Culinaire, Elle Decor and others. He has appeared as a guest on CBS This Morning, NBC Today Show, Food Network, Martha Stewart Living and other major network affiliates. In The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Frank Prial noted: ‘To describe Daniel Johnnes as a sommelier would be like describing Stephen Sondheim as a piano player. There's a bit more to it.’