21 December 2013

Weekend Cooking: Somm (Film)

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Somm (documentary)I know I've approached my desire to learn more about wine in a casual way: taste some wines, pay attention to what I like, and taste some more. But I had no idea of what it takes to be a sommelier. Of course, there's huge difference between the wine guy at the local family-owned restaurant and a certified somm and master somm.

Jason Wise's documentary Somm follows four young men and their quest to take one of the most difficult career tests ever devised. In order to be a master sommelier, you need to know every growing region, grape, varietal, and vintage from around the world. You also need to know the ins and outs of service, how to deal with customers, and wine and food pairings. But hardest of all, you have to have developed the ability to taste six unknown wines and describe all the aromas and flavors and then determine the exact grape, growing region, and vintage.

Somm is a fascinating look at four guys, their relationship with each other, and the grueling hours they put into studying for their master sommelier diploma. Before they even walk into the room for the first part of the test, they know there is about a 95 percent chance of failure. Some people take the test four, five, or six times. In fact, in the forty-year history of the certification program, fewer than two hundred have earned the right to be called master sommelier.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, admit that you'll never really know anything about wine, and get a newfound respect for the profession of sommelier. This is one of those don't-miss films for anyone who has ever opened a bottle of wine.


Anonymous,  12/21/13, 6:44 AM  

I admit I am completely mystified by wine tasting. I can never tell what flavours/scents come with different bottles of wine from different regions and grapes, all I can tell is if I like it or not. I can't imagine how difficult it is to become a master sommelier. This sounds like a fascinating film!

Tina 12/21/13, 6:50 AM  

Sounds like a great wine book. I like experimenting with different varietals and have fun logging them with tasting notes, prices and whether we would buy them again.

Will check this one out.

April 12/21/13, 9:35 AM  

ALWAYS looking for wine books/films. This one looks great! Thanks for bringing it out!

rhapsodyinbooks 12/21/13, 10:03 AM  

I love wine movies! I have to find this!

Joy 12/21/13, 10:12 AM  

This sounds terrific. We have a nephew in the wine business, so it will be great to get a bit more of a backstage peek.

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Kailana 12/21/13, 10:52 AM  

I definitely know nothing about wine. I know that well! I can't even find one I like, but I keep looking!

Laurie C 12/21/13, 10:52 AM  

Sounds like a good one, but maybe hard to find? The last wine movie we watched was Sideways, and that was quite a while ago!

(Diane) bookchickdi 12/21/13, 12:40 PM  

This does look interesting. I had no idea how difficult it is to become a sommelier.

Anonymous,  12/21/13, 12:49 PM  

Very interesting! I went wine tasting with my mom recently and grew a new appreciation for wine.

Tina 12/21/13, 2:09 PM  

Yikes, I linked twice and I wasn't even a little bit tipsy! Delete one link if you would like!

bermudaonion 12/21/13, 9:22 PM  

There is a beer certification too but it's not that complicated. This sounds interesting.

Sue Jackson 12/22/13, 9:21 AM  

Sounds like an interesting film. I'd never heard of it before.

I can no longer drink any alcohol because of my chronic illness, and I really miss a nice glass of wine once in a while!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!


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Cecelia 12/22/13, 4:36 PM  

I know I'm ignorant about wine - this film would probably impress me with that fact all over again, though. Looks interesting!

Daryl 12/23/13, 10:55 AM  

a quick mention of PB&J qualifies .. and thank you for recommending the thinking woman's guide to real magic by emily croy barker!

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