People are getting more and more interested in the work of the sommelier. The highest level of the service industry, the sommelier is in charge of everything from the wine program to pairing your meal with wine to making sure you have an incredible night. But achieving this level of service is not easy. It […]
Brahm Callahan is used to being the most knowledgeable wine professional in the room. Thirty-two years old with a face that looks 10 years younger, Callahan is one of only 149 Master Sommeliers in the United States. That’s fewer American Master Sommeliers than American Nobel Prize laureates, fewer American Master Sommeliers than people who were […]
It’s all the rage to become a sommelier. Thanks to the Somm documentaries and a general increase in awareness about wine but also about sommeliers and the Court of Master Sommeliers, there’s now a certain celebrity status, a glamour associated with becoming a sommelier.
To be a sommelier is to be a wine steward. But it’s also much more than that. Many skills must be learned, various roles must be played, and an extremely diverse set of hats must be worn.
You would be forgiven for thinking that we are living in a marvelous time for women in the wine industry. With headlines like “The Rise of the Female Sommeliers” and “Sex and the Sommelier: Make Way for Women,” women are showing up everywhere. From “13 Badass Female Winemakers” to “New York City’s Pioneering Female Sommeliers,” […]
Ask any sommelier these days what the best value on the market is and chances are you’ll get one of the following responses: Loire Valley whites and reds, Beaujolais, German Riesling, Eastern European wine, Vinho Verde. The idea that wine price directly correlates to wine quality has been soundly debunked. We’ll freely admit to – […]
From afar, the lifestyle of the successful sommelier looks quite glamorous, featuring perks such as access to a cellar full of Champagne, and with opportunities to show off one’s skills, such as adeptly pouring a magnum with one hand or detailing the weather conditions of a particular vintage from memory. But how does one actually […]
If you love ink, and you love wine, you’ve done one of two things: tried to create a terrible cocktail, equal parts red wine and Bic, called “Writer’s Block”; or you’ve united your love of wine and ink far more rationally by getting a permanent visual declaration of said love etched into your living skin. […]
Let’s establish some definitions: a sommelier is a server in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service. Sommeliers sell wine at food or booze-centric environments. A sommelier is not your wine-collecting uncle, some blogger, or your friend who just took a wine course and now has a fancy, golden “sommelier” diploma.