Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
Today marks the highly anticipated world premiere of SOMM, a wine documentary that’s kicking off the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival at the Napa Valley Opera House. Written, directed and produced by Jason Wise this Forgotten Man Film captures intense behind-the-scenes footage as four gentlemen spend two years preparing for the Court of Master Sommeliers (the chief examining body for wine service professionals, headquartered in London) in an attempt to pass the Master Sommelier exam. Since its establishment in 1966 only 10% of students have passed (197 worldwide) making it not only one of the most difficult exams on earth, but as Wise puts it, “the hardest test you’ve never hear of.”
To put things into perspective, a sommelier is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, commonly working in fine restaurants, specializing in all aspects of wine. They are typically in charge of ordering and maintaining the wines sold at an establishment and usually have an extensive understanding about wine and food pairings. “SOMM” is therefore used as an abbreviation to avoid the embarrassment of mispronouncing the French root word (this would be my excuse).
For the title of Master one needs to be invited by the Court after completing three prior levels of examination. Here the Phoenix New Times breaks it down for us:
This final exam consists of three portions. An oral exam were master sommeliers grill you on the wine theory, a practical exam where you must demonstrate an ability to sling wine with the best of them, and a six wine blind taste test. In that blind taste tests you have 25 minutes in which to: identify, where appropriate, grape varieties, country of origin, district and appellation of origin, and vintages of the wines tasted.
Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or a casual drinker a film spotlighting sheer determination outside of the world of sports may be a nice change of pace. According to the New York Times, “though SOMM is chiefly about ambition, it’s also about the camaraderie of the group with the odds stacked against them.” They will stop at nothing until they either pass or fail. #ClassSwaggerWine
Check out the SOMM trailer here.