Somm Sabra Lewis tastes her way through the Aspen Food & Wine Festival, a whirlwind of caviar, Champagne, Bloody Mary’s, and late night tastings.
Early one winter Monday morning in France, I made the threeish-hour drive from Reims in Champagne to Beaune, the epi-center of Burgundy. A drive to remember, in what was a chilly, torrential downpour accompanied by a massive hangover and sleep deprivation from the prior evening’s festivities. This is the somewhat unglamorous side of my business.... Read More
Drink champagne even after the toast! Being in the wine trade, I’m often asked to name my favorite wine. Nine times out of ten I enthusiastically respond, “Champagne!” Nine times out of ten I’m met with a puppy-dog head-tilt kind of reaction. Favorite wine? Yes, wine! This is where people’s eyes glaze over while they... Read More
How to read between the lines of the Sommelier profession Dear Lover of Wine: You’re probably familiar enough with what a somm is, but are you utilizing our skills to your advantage? Likely not, as the role has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years, including your part in the play. You know the scene,... Read More
Pebble Beach Food & Wine I’ve spent the last seven years training, tasting, traveling, studying, and working late nights as a sommelier, which in New York City is utterly fascinating, and usually exhausting! I’m enamored with the vast, constantly changing wine world, and love sharing it with whomever wants to listen. I often feel like... Read More