You be the sommelier
Some people find the sommelier daunting, and some see him as a decadent symbol of wine-and-food snobbery. But this gentleman or lady is there to serve you, answer your wine questions, make recommendations and suggest the wines that might best fit your dinner and your budget. A good sommelier can be your best friend when a wine of non-trivial cost is on the agenda for an evening of fine dining.
For many of us who enjoy wine as a hobby, the idea of jumping into the sommelier's jacket and taking a turn at the tastevin sounds more like fun than work. And so I'm delighted to announce THE GREAT SOMMELIER CHALLENGE.
With the assistance of my friend and associate Hoke Harden and the content partnership of Charlie Trotter's, a noteworthy restaurant in Chicago, we invite you to try your sommelier skills in a friendly, informal and international competition.
Here's how it will work: I have placed a Charlie Trotter's Grand Menu online, along with a replica of the restaurant's basic (under $75) wine list. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to review this information, select three to five wines from the list to match the food, then tell us your choices and why you made them. Our panel and Charlie Trotter's Wine Steward will select winners, who will receive small prizes and great accolades; and we will publish a selection of the most interesting entries on Wine Lovers' Page.
For complete details and the menu and wine list, click to http://www.wineloverspage.com/challenge.
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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001