If you frequent enough upscale restaurants, chances are that
somewhere in the ebb and flow of dinner service you’ll find a lady or gentleman
breezing around the dining room reverently presenting bottles of wine or
opening them with a touch of theatric flair.
For years many folks imagined the sommelier as a snobby old guy with a silver
cup around his neck dismissing or consenting to the quality of wine in some
arcane ritual. But much has changed over the years.
It’s true the original sommeliers were typically
aristocratic butlers supplying various goods to the king or noble class. This
role evolved after the French Revolution changed formal meals as most of the
aristocracy was eliminated in the country.
Prepared meals became more public and it took restaurants nearly a
century to restore what we would now define as fine dining. These prototypical sommeliers burnished the
reputations of Chefs by helping source rare wines and spirits from far away
places and standardized a code of service that is followed to this day. What’s
more the sommelier became a savant of flavor, and could rattle off the quality
of vintages, producers and classic dishes many centuries before the likes of Yelp
exciting about The Bridges wine program is our members have the opportunity to
learn about every aspect of this domain in a gradual and fun manner with a
suite of programs. Our Thursday Wine
Tastings often focus on a specific region or winery. They also include fun
blind tasting competitions. You’re welcome to order some for your home at a
great price. We also host monthly wine
classes focusing on everything from investment grade fine wine to comparisons
of your favorite varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Together we can develop your palate and
discover up and coming regions, trends or savor some of the best wines in the
world. If you’re in need of last-minute
gifts, wines for a party or want to host a lovely meal paired with wine that’s something
we do too.
So, if you want to explore new wineries and experience
exciting culinary destinations or simply taste something new, reach out to our
Sommelier, Mark Valin, and he can help you navigate the endless sea of wine. Find your bearing with a curated experience
that you won’t find anywhere else.