Poster of the film SOMM, an insider’s look at the prestigious Master Sommelier examination, with fine wines donated by Republic National Distributing Company
By Valerie LeVier
The “Evening with the Masters,” hosted by Metropolitan State University on Sept. 15, proved to be a night of education, celebration and mystery. A “thirst for knowledge” drives the students and sommeliers interested in the emerging wine industry. One hundred and fifty guests were in attendance to enjoy several options that night including two exclusive wine pairing dinners with Restaurant Kevin Taylor Executive Chef Kevin Taylor or Executive Chef Jim Butchart of Aspen Skiing Co. Guests could also learn about the mystery and science behind wine with a guided wine tasting lead by Brandon Tebbe, MS, Synergy Fine Wines.
The wine reception featured a variety of local restaurants providing beautifully prepared tastings paired with hand-selected wines. Restaurants included Central Bistro & Bar, Corner House, Epicurean Catering and Ya Ya’s. The evening continued with a screening of the film SOMM, which provided an inside look at the Master Sommelier examination and why fewer than 200 people have been crowned a Master Sommelier in the last 40 years. The night ended with a Q&A with the Masters as they discussed the film and the process of becoming a Master Somm. Proceeds from the event benefitted MSU Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department and the Hospitality learning Center.
Master Sommelier Brandon Tebbe of Synergy Fine Wines leads a guided wine tasting. Photos by Tim LeVier
EDGE’s Restaurant & Bar Certified Sommelier Robert Davis tastes wine with Chocolatier Rebekah Harbour of The Chocolate Therapist.
Wine Cru Distributor Eric Nielsen with Executive Chef Kurt Boucher of the History Colorado Center serves Colorado lamb gyros with My Essential Red & Rose wines during the reception.
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