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Loved seeing this moment #travelling in #redlodge while walking on the Main Street. This precious 2 year old child is helping his Mom shovel the snow on the street next to their new store. He was hard at work and then he saw the opportunity to pose for us. This is the beauty of small town living in #Montana and reminded us of what one would see in the Norman Rockwell Museum.

About 2 years ago a goal was set to learn more about #Sake than just that we liked to have while eating #Japanese #food. We were told that Genji Sake had an amazing selection of Sake in #Texas and to meet Julian Choi. This advice was “spot on” and we were then introduced at TexSom to Toshio Ueno of Mutual Trading. Yesterday marked a milestone as with Julian’s suggestion, Diane took the Certified Sake Advisor Course from the Sake School of America Sake School of America - 日本酒スクール under the guidance of the SSI (Sake Service Institute International) founded in #Japan in 1990. Keeper Collection is pleased to announce that we now have a Certified Sake Adviser🏅on our team, as Diane passed the test. We look forward to sharing her knowledge, continued learning, and experiences relative to Sake. You know we love to search for beverage and food pairings, and one lesson learned is that Sake can be paired with a wide variety of foods. If you have any favorite Sake pairings, please share on our comments so we can all try the suggestions!!! Thanks Julian and #genjiSake for continuing to foster #Sake education and enjoyment. #SommChat

So much more to share about #bendoregon and #pronghornresort but most of all being able to be with great friends sharing #wine and #food on a new adventure in #oregon with #wines from fav producers to enjoy and learn as much as we can. With #worldsakeday it was great to see the highlight of the lineup was a #Saké hand carried from #japan by our friends. And then we got to add to our #meunier only #champagne 2019 goal with Champagne Bereche et Fils and Champagne Hugues Godmé what a treat! If you have any questions about any of the bottles just post In comments #sommchat

Look what we found on the #wine list @coquinepdx in #portlandoregon 👏👏👏 have you have @domaine_lafarge_vial #wines? We love these @beckywasserman.co and this 2016 #wine was drinking beautifully. You can drink now or hold in your cellar -great choice to have 🍷🍷🍷#sommchat

Another great night in @travelportland especially because we got to catch up and visit a good friend @onthestereo at his work at @submarine_hospitlaity and give him a big BD hug! @junerodil had told us @avagenes was good and she was right - good bar, great wine list and food made with fresh local ingredients and lots of love and care. Having had great #Calamari during our travels in #Puglia some years ago, we still search in the #US for a great American version. The #Calamari at Ava Gene’s has now taken “top billing”! In the picture gallery you may notice the lovely batter and the pecorino (which was part of the selection process) but also the addition of pepperocini to the dish was unique and delicious. Sam made sure to let us know about the fresh local #oregon Farm grown ingredients that are used to make the salads. We had 2 salads from the menu and he was right - both were amazing: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Croutons, Sweet Onions, with Salsa Rosa (in next pic) followed by Plums, Fennel, Cashews, Habanadas, and Hyssop (next pic). Wow, when we think of great salads, these will be on our list. Then, when you can get homemade #pasta, we had to try 2, and we were not disappointed. Next pic shows our 1st selection of Saffron Linguini with Clams, Garlic, Calabrian Chili, and Almonds. The chilis added just the right amount of heat in this dish! Next up was Cavatelli with Wild Mushrooms, Savory, and Parmigiano and we were glad we did not miss out on this. We must not forget the #wine we selected, as it brought back memories of our trip with June Rodil in #Piedmont right before she passed her MS:). Quick walk down memory lane: Keeper Team took June to a fav small resto in La Morra Italy and the owner took us to the wine cellar to forage for some wine for the dinner. We selected a #barolo producer/#wine that the 3 of us had not had before. We were so excited to see this producer on Ava Gene’s list! Next pic shows @scarpawine Tettimorra 2001 Barolo and it was everything special we remembered. Thanks to Sam and the team at Ava Gene’s in #Portland who rolled out the #hospitality in every way. Another #portlandoregon spot to add to your list! #sommchat

0ver 16+ years ago, we had the pleasure of our first dining experience at the original @uchiaustin in #Austin that @cheftysoncole had just opened. At this small house setting, sitting at the #Sushi Counter, watching #Chef Tyson cut fish was the beginning of a #Japanese #food journey that has brought us countless hours of pleasure. We have since followed Chef Tyson to all of his locations, @uchikoaustin @uchihouston,@uchidallas, @loroaustin and most recently @uchidenver, which was sooooo good and led that night by our good friend #Chef @kkelsey. Chef Kelsey and team took us on a great #food and #sake adventure that exemplified all of the elements of top #hospitality like our server Arvin and Chef Marcus. We even got to taste 2 of Kelsey’s special creations which were dreamy! Here are just a few pictures of the delights the chefs prepared for us. We highly recommend you try out Uchi #Denver. Congrats Tyson, on another gem for @haihospitality and we look forward to booking our tickets to see the team in #Miami or other locations you may choose to open. #travelforfood @ Uchi Denver

Court of Master Sommeliers

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas is proud to announce seven Master Sommeliers, following the 2019 Master Sommelier Diploma Examination this week. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our industry. Please join us in congratulating the following Master Sommeliers: - Nick Davis - Mariya Kovacheva - Justin Moore - Vincent Morrow - Joshua Orr - Jeremy Shanker - Jill Zimorski (not pictured)

Congrats to all!!!!

What a great night this week- even if but for a long overdue dinner to catch up with a good friend, sharing great #wine, #food and #life. Starting off with @pierre_paillard 2010 Mottelettes 🍾 was a winner and paired beautifully with fresh peaches and prosciutto. Shout out to @toddmathis and @gdwill we need more of these! The 1997 #German #Riesling was everything we could have wanted by itself and as a pairing with an Asian inspired dish with shrimp and avocado on sushi rice with a small kick of spice:) Thanks @boulderwinemerchant for introducing us to #miani wines. This 2012 bottle of Ribolla Gialla was outstanding - wish we had more! Thx @dianasnowsey and @drinkdujac for an amazing 01 #Chambolle Gruenchers - the energy in this vineyard showed through amazingly in this wine - it was singing to all who tasted. 2007 Gerard Mugneret Boudots was a delight and continued to develop a lovely silky texture from #winemaker Pascal Mugneret that we treasure. If you have this wine, you can either keep in cellar for further aging or if you want to drink now, it benefits from opening at least 2-3 hours before drinking. Love #Meursault with #Cheese (dessert) course (@bronwenpercival) and this was no exception. Domaine des Comte’s Lafon Desiree is a treat whenever we have the opportunity to drink. @lafon.dom ‘04 Desiree was in a perfect place to drink with great structure, depth and brought much pleasure.❤️ As always, if anyone has any questions about any of the wines in the pics, feel free to insert a comment. #SommChat

Today as the #US celebrates Labor Day, we would like to thank all of our friends AROUND THE WORLD who work so hard in the #HOSPITALITY industry. People in all facets of this industry dedicate their time and effort to bring us joy and happiness in many ways. From the farmers who work the land to bring us #food and #wine, to the distribution sector that transports the products, to the people in the restaurants and retail shops who make sure we can enjoy our desired creations, WE THANK YOU all for your continued devotion to create experiences that we will not forget. As we #travel near and far, we feel fortunate to make special friends who labor to bring happiness to others. Know that we appreciate you everyday and not just on a holiday like today. We wish we could show everyone in a picture today - YOU know who you are and we thank you for all you do. If you have someone you would like to shout out to today in the hospitality world for what they do for you, add it below in the comments.

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To drink the #wines of a #winery with the #winemakers and eat #food prepared by the #chefs for the #wine is so lovely and tonight with @gdangerville & @rajatparr provided us with added knowledge not to mention just pure pleasure thanks to all who made this happen in #austintexas #sommchat

Love when we #travel and find a bar that makes their #cocktails with @taittingerusa #champagne if you find yourself in #Frankfurt #germany🇩🇪 check out John F Kennedy Bar @villakennedy1901 and ask for the JFK 🍾#cocktail #sommchat

Thanks to @vomboden for another chance to learn about #German #wine and this time we had the pleasure to learn about @julian.haart #wines. Nadine Haart is a wealth of knowledge and shared much about the intensity with which she and Julian approach their #winemaking and attention to every detail in the vineyards and in the cellar. This is a small estate of 5 HA so keep your eyes searching to find these #wines if possible. #sommchat

When you drive after an early dinner towards your room on the #Mosel river in #bernkastelkues #travels to #germany🇩🇪 #wine region become magical. You feel as if time has stopped and you are floating in total peace over the water and through the mountains 🏔.

What a delightful afternoon for some #wine education @j._b._becker in the #Rheingau thanks to @vomboden we got to see #vineyard management, a cellar visit, and of course taste the wines. We can’t wait to try the #trocken #wines with #japanese dishes as was recommended. #Sommchat

For all those #Sommeliers that are studying and those #wine enthusiasts that just love trivia - here we go with a clue from #heidelberg #germany🇩🇪 : Q. Where is the largest wooden wine Barrel ever to be made, when was it built, and what is its capacity? A. In the cellar of @heidelberg_castle , there stands a large wooden barrel with a capacity of 220,000 liters (58,000 gallons) which was built in 1751. This was built by the King and put in the kitchen of the castle to entertain and impress his guests. The only problem: It leaked! Well at least it shows the presence of the wine culture in the area in that time period. #sommchat #travelforwine

Important lesson learned in southern #Corsica while at lunch @hotelgoeland in #portovecchio: don’t worry if the sky is overcast and it is raining like in the pic in the upper left hand corner because in Southern Corsica 5 minutes later your view will change and the sun ☀️ will shine and the #mediterraneansea water will be clear and blue again like in the other 3 pictures #travelislife

In Old Town #bonifacio #corsica you can find a family restaurant called Stella D’Oro “Chez Jules” established in 1965. Upper left hand pic is a local dish called Aubergines Bonifacienne by some. It is a very traditional dish and this one has now become our ‘best ever’ Eggplant Parmesan which paired beautifully with Canerelli Rose. The bottom left is a fresh local area John Dory fish with olive oil, lemon butter parsley sauce along with sides of potatoes tomatoes and onions. What a lovely lunch in the old town. #sommchat

What is the first thing you should do after #flying into the #Ajaccio airport in #Corsica??? Find the closest seaside restaurant (la table du marche at hotel les Mouettes was a good choice) with the table closest to the water and order a bottle of Clos Canarelli Blanc - #lifeisgood❤️ thanks @ianmccaff @rootstockwinesatx and @lylerailsback @kermitlynchwine for introducing us to this #winery. Stay tuned to learn more about these #wines when we visit and taste their this coming week. #sommchat

What a lovely surprise to have some #burgundy tastings with @yannickbenjamin and @heiditurzyn and then to share a magnum of @domaine_michel_lafarge Rose 2017 in #Bouilland with the @beckywasserman.co team. From the first tasting together @benjaminlerouxwines to dinner last night each moment was a treat. Also a shout out to @elizabeth.gabaymw on the rose for her book! #Sommchat

Always great to see @nico_rossignol while in #burgundy to hear about all he is doing in the vineyard and cellar to make his #burgundy #wines. #Sommchat #domainenicolasrossignol

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