“Somm” Captivates Viewers With Wine Evaluation

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As regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country.

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In my latest column, I praise “Somm,” a new documentary about three students aiming to join the Court of Master Sommeliers. As I explain, it’s refreshing to see sommeliers who would be just as comfortable shotgunning beers in a frat house as evaluating high-end Bordeaux at a French chateau.

“Somm” Captivates Viewers With Wine Evaluation

“Wine one is a white wine. It’s clear, star-bright, and there’s no evidence of gas or flocculation.”

Some movies rely on grand battles and epic fight scenes to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. “Somm,” a new documentary from Jason Wise about three students aiming to join the Court of Master Sommeliers, attempts to captivate viewers with wine evaluation. And it succeeds.

When Ian Cauble, a master sommelier candidate, assesses an Australian Riesling early on in “Somm,” it’s impossible to look away. Before even tasting what’s in his glass, Cauble detects notes of “lime candy, lime zest, crushed apples, under-ripe mangos, under-ripe melon, and melon skin.” As he describes the wine, Cauble speaks with the conviction of a preacher and as quickly as an auctioneer. The florid jargon comes out at a mile a minute — and it’s riveting.

Check out the rest of the piece on Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine

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