Did you know that a whole new wave of sommeliers pour beverages other than wine? Kelvin Ng was Hong Kong’s first tea sommelier. His New York counterpart, former wine somm Christopher Day, curated the tea menu at Michelin. U.S. sales of bottled water is selling more than soda for the first time this year. The U.K.’s Sake Sommelier Association will hold its annual Sake Sommelier of the Year competition next month.
- In June, five international water sommeliers judged the second water tasting competition in Guangzhou, China
- One of them was Martin Riese, the first and only water sommelier in the U.S. who does exactly what a wine somm does
- A whole new wave of sommeliers pour beverages other than wine
“As the image of somms has gone from snooty and supercilious to glamorous and hip, the world’s 236 master wine sommeliers have become bona fide celebs, like Michelin-starred chefs.”