Ever wonder just how serious a sommelier is about wine? Those with the heralded “Master Sommelier” credential have spent hours, months and even years pouring through flashcards; memorizing wine regions, sub-regions and sub-sub-regions; analyzing vineyard maps from all over the world; and tasting thousands of wines to be able to identify any given wine completely blind.
It’s no easy task. In fact, in the 40 years that the Master Sommelier title has existed through the Court of Master Sommeliers, less than 200 have attained it in the world. (Texas has eight of them and two of them, Craig Collins and Devon Broglie, are in Austin.)
Now, you can catch a glimpse of the great lengths these dedicated students of wine take with the official Austin release of SOMM, a documentary film that follows four Master Sommelier candidates as they struggle to pass the grueling exam. CultureMap's Food and Drink Editor, Jessica Dupuy, recently reviewed the film through Texas Monthly online, revealing both the intensity and inspiring dedication of those who endeavor to attain the Master certification. Says Dupuy:
For someone who has completed two of the four levels in the journey to becoming a Master Sommelier, I can say the film is an exhilarating experience. It’s funny, eye-opening and emotional all at once. And if you’ve ever spent endless hours, blood, sweat and/or tears to accomplish anything, you’ll probably agree.
If all this talk of wine has you thirsting for more, you can see the film for yourself in Austin from June 28 through July 4 at the Violet Crown Cinema. The official premiere of SOMM happens Thurdsay, June 27 at the Violet Crown and features a special wine reception hosted by Austin’s own Master Sommelier Devon Broglie of Whole Foods Market.