Court of Master Sommeliers

Master Sommeliers Are Taking Airplane Wine Programs to New Heights

Master Sommeliers Are Taking Airplane Wine Programs to New Heights

Contemporary air travel is often an exercise in lowered expectations. First, airlines eliminated free checked baggage. Then, they stopped serving meals. Now a passenger can’t even get a tiny cup of coffee without paying a fee on some airlines. When will the madness end? Fortunately, several airlines have flipped the script and are investing in […]

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Can One Man Change the Way an Entire City Thinks About Wine?

Can One Man Change the Way an Entire City Thinks About Wine?

The first thing I notice about Patrick Cappiello is how fast he talks. We’re sitting in Rebelle, his Michelin-starred restaurant on New York City’s Bowery, and I immediately have to ditch my notepad for the voice recorder on my phone. But when I consider the breadth and momentum of Cappiello’s career, this tempo makes perfect […]

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Being A Somm Is About Service, Not Stardom

Being A Somm Is About Service, Not Stardom

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 […]

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