Roger Dagorn, Wine Director of Porter House New York is one of only 180 Master Sommeliers worldwide. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Roger was recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 1996 winning the Outstanding Wine Service Award. In 1991, Roger was honored by Chefs in America as Best Sommelier in New York. In 1995, he was honored as Best Sommelier by the New York Press, and in 2001, he was awarded Restaurant Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year by Santé Magazine. Most recently, in 2008, Roger was named Sake Samurai, a prestigious honor from The Japan Sake Brewers Association, a title currently bestowed to only 27 experts in the world, and only 8 outside Japan. Roger represented the United States as a contestant in the international Concours Mondial Des Sommeliers VI in 1989. For the Concours VIII in Japan, Roger served as a judge. In both 1987 and 1988, he was first runner up in the national finals of the Best Sommelier of French Wine and Spirits.
Roger is a highly sought-after lecturer, acts as consultant on wine lists for others, and has written extensively about wine.
Prior to joining Porter House New York, Roger worked 16 years at famed Chanterelle Restaurant. At Chanterelle, in addition to providing guests with sensational wine pairings, he planned and coordinated sell-out wine dinners and explored and shared his remarkable knowledge of sakes. He was the Master Sommelier at Tse Yang, a restaurant noted for haute Mandarin cuisine with an acclaimed wine list; Restaurant Director at l'Ecole- the restaurant of the French Culinary Institute, and the Sommelier at Hotel Parker Meridien in NewYork. Currently, Roger is an Adjunct Assistant Professor on Wine Educationat the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
Very recently, Roger received the Krug Award for Lifetime Achievement in Wine and Hospitality (first recipient).