Pascaline Lepeltier began her obsession with wine at the two star Michelin-rated L’Auberge Bretonne under celebrated Chef Jacques Thorel. While working as Beverage Director at Rouge Tomate in Brussels, she interned at the George V in Paris under the direction of Eric Beaumard to train for the Best French Sommelier competition. She placed as the second-runner-up in 2008, 2010 and 2012. She was promoted to the position of Beverage Director for the Rouge Tomate flagship in New York in 2009. Within months, she was acclaimed by Wine & Spirits, Time Out NY, Wine Enthusiast and Food & Wine. The NY Times awarded her Rouge Tomate wine list as one of the best in NYC in 2013. In May of 2014, Lepeltier completed the Master Sommelier examination.
She created in 2016 with winemaker Nathan Kendall, “chëpìka”, a wine project to rediscover the potential of organically-grown native grapes and sparkling wines in the Finger Lakes. In 2018, she joined Arnaud Tronche and David Lillie as an operating partner in Racines NYC with acclaimed chef Diego Moya. She overlooks with Mr Tronche a 2500+ wine list focusing on “vins de vignerons”, mostly organic, biodynamic and natural.
In 2018, Pascaline was the first woman to ever be awarded laureate of “Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France – Classe Sommellerie”. She was also the first woman to win the title of “Best French Sommelier”. In 2019, she was once again the first woman to be named “Personality of the Year” by La Revue du Vin de France. She has written for various wine guides and books and was featured in numerous food and wine publications (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, Decanter, Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, Saveur, The World of Fine Wine, La Revue des Vins de France). She instructs with the Court of Master Sommeliers, at the International Culinary Center, with the Wine Scholar Guild and the Wine Education Council.