If you've ever been interested in what's involved in being a sommelier, or if you work in the business and want to start your way down the path to official certification, a great opportunity is coming to the Gaylord Opryland Resort on Aug. 17 and 18. The Court of Master Sommeliers will be teaching a Level 1 Introductory course that ends with a certification exam on the second day. Topics covered include everything you would ever want to know about the primary grape-growing regions of the world, information on beer, spirits and even sake. You'll learn how to properly serve wine, and there's even a unit on cigars. At the end of the course, you won't be a certified sommelier yet, but you'll be on your way to that designation. Check out the course syllabus here and read all the info below:
Court of Master Sommeliers Offers Introductory Course at Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Master Sommeliers Andrew McNamara, Laura De Pasquale and Brett Davis to Lead Level 1 Course and Exam on Aug. 17-18.
Beverage professionals in the Nashville area will soon have a chance to begin their journeys toward becoming Master Sommeliers. On Aug. 17-18, the Court of Master Sommeliers will offer their Level 1 Introductory Course and Exam at Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Visiting Master Sommeliers Andrew McNamara (Miami, FL), Laura De Pasquale (New York, NY) and Brett Davis (Louisville, KY) will lead the course. The cost of the course and exam is $495. To register, visit www.mastersommeliers.org.
The Master Sommelier Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam is the first of four required steps to become a Master Sommelier. The Introductory course is an intensive two-day program that surveys the world of beer, wine and spirits.
Candidates will also be taught the Master Sommelier Deductive Blind Tasting Method and the Court’s Service Standards, which are necessary for higher-level examination. The program ends on the second day with the Introductory Sommelier Exam, a multiple choice theory exam consisting of 70 questions. The intent of the Introductory Sommelier Course is to provide wine and hospitality professionals with a thorough review of the world of wines and spirits at the highest professional standards.
If you'd rather have somebody else do all the studying for you, Hoyt Hill is hosting a special event on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at F. Scott's Restaurant for a tasting of the wines of Ridge Vineyards, including the Monte Bello. The cost is only $25 per person, and seating is very limited. Ridge wines are widely considered some of California's best, so combine that with Hoyt's insight and it should be a great tasting. Call the restaurant at 269-5861 to hold your spot at the table.
This Saturday, Aug. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m., Grace's Plaza Wine and Spirits will be pouring some South African wines at their in-store tasting bar. The featured wines will be:
Raats Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2008
$14.99 - 750ml
De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chard 2010
$17.99 - 750ml
Kanonkop Kadette Red Blend 2009
$16.99 - 750ml
Barista Coffee Pinotage 2009
$12.99 - 750ml
Pinotages are generally boy-dog wines so prepare to have your ears pinned back.
Finally, in preparation for next weekend's East Nashville Tomato Art Fest, Marché and Woodland Wine Merchant are holding their annual Tomato Fest Wine Dinner on Thursday night, Aug. 10. From the official invitation:
The tomatoes in these parts are certainly worth celebrating. Marché has reached their vine out to ours for another multi-course tomato appreciation dinner. The versatility and vibrancy that can only come from ripe, in-season tomatoes will be the highlight along with wine pairings (ahem) thoughtfully selected by Woodland Wine Merchant. Make reservations through Marché. Hope to see you there.
Call 262-1111 for reservations — $50 per person
Five wines. Four courses. Fifty bucks. Sounds like a great deal to me.