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Meet America’s Latest Grasp Somms


The Courtroom of Grasp Sommeliers, Americas, welcomes 10 new members to the group: Tyler Alden, Barking Frog, Woodinville, WA; Martin Beally, Canlis, Seattle; Pablo Braida, Monarch Restaurant, Dallas; Julie Dalton, Publish Oak Resort, Houston, TX; Erik Elliott, Heitz Cellar, Napa Valley, CA; Christopher Gaither, Ungrafted & Glu Glu, San Francisco; Maddy Jimerson, Casa Tua, Aspen, CO; Alexander Powell, Grill 23, Boston; Christopher Ramelb, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Honolulu; and Scott Turnbull, Winebow, Calistoga, CA.

The Grasp Sommelier Diploma, the very best distinction knowledgeable can attain within the beverage service trade, includes an examination consisting of three sections: a verbal idea examination, a wine evaluation train utilizing the Deductive Tasting Methodology, and a sensible part that focuses on hospitality, beverage service, salesmanship, and total enterprise acumen. Candidates should obtain passing scores in every part to earn the Grasp Sommelier title. 

Forty-five people from 16 states and three international locations tried the Grasp Sommelier Diploma Examination proctored by the Courtroom of Grasp Sommeliers, Americas. Along with the ten People awarded the title of Grasp Sommelier, the Courtroom of Grasp Sommeliers, Europe, welcomed Pierre Marie Pattieu of Jackson Household Wines, Hong Kong, to their group in August. The outcomes have been introduced at a Krug Reception on Aug. 31, 2022, on the Royal Sonesta in Portland, OR.

Established in England in 1977, the Courtroom of Grasp Sommeliers units the worldwide commonplace of excellence for beverage service throughout the hospitality trade. The Americas chapter, which serves each North and South America, was established in 1987 — the identical yr that the primary Grasp Sommelier Diploma Examination was held within the U.S. Since then, 182 professionals have earned the title of Grasp Sommelier as a part of the Americas chapter.



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