The wine world has the Sommelier. A well respected, intense program that produces the best wine experts in the world. Wikipedia describes a Sommelier as someone who is “responsible for the development of wine lists, and for the delivery of wine service and training for the other restaurant staff. Working along with the culinary team, they pair and suggest wines that will best complement each particular food menu item. This entails the necessity for a deep knowledge of how food and wine, beer, spirits and other beverages work in harmony. A professional Sommelier also works on the floor of the restaurant and is in direct contact with restaurant patrons. The Sommelier has a responsibility to work within the taste preference and budget parameters of the patron”. In order to truly achieve this designation, you must go through The Court of Master Sommeliers, the governing body for the Sommelier program since 1977. When anyone hears the term ‘Sommelier’, they instantly think of wine expert, someone who knows their grapes. But the beer world? What do we have? Why, we have the Certified Cicerone Program, run by Ray Daniels, a know industry expert, author and dare I say legend in the craft beer world.
Monthly Archive for May, 2010
Originally published by me on May 29, 2010 on UpTake.com.
These days San Antonio, Texas is quite the vacation destination for many people. We’ve hosted both the men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four; tear up the town each year with Fiesta; and then there’s the world famous Riverwalk. When traveling, I think most of us look to hit the tourist spots, see as much as we can of what we think we are supposed to when visiting a new city. While I love that philosophy, you really can’t go to Rome and not see the Vatican, I firmly believe in living like a local when on vacation.
San Antonio, Texas has many historical areas of town, many dating back two to three hundred years: The Missions, San Fernando Cathedral and of course The Alamo. Not quite as well known outside of San Antonio, but just as historic, is the King William District. The area started as farmland, getting it’s water from the San Antonio River, owned by the 1718 Mission San Antonio de Valero. In the the 1800′s each of the missions were controlled by the Catholic Church. One of the missions, Mission Concepcion, was divided into various pieces in the mid-1800′s, creating what became the King William District. Although not around quite as long yet, the King William District is now home to a restaurant that everyone can call their own; The Friendly Spot.
Originally published by moi April 20, 2010 for Uptake.com.
Apr 20, 2010 7:02 – By: Jeremybanas
I used to live in Austin. I still visit a few times a year. Heck, when I lived there I used to visit! What with Austin City Limits, Freetail bats, the capital and more live music than you could shake stick at, who wouldn’t want to come here?
Austin is an incredible town. Almost an oasis in the middle of an otherwise craft beer starved state. When I first moved to Texas, it was slim pickings with beer. Sure, you had the Waterloo Brewing Company and they were great. You had the Celis Brewing Company, however they were eventually bought by beer giant Miller and eventually closed (their beer is now brewed by Michigan Brewing). Times they have changed though. While many people still head to Austin for the great weather, a visit to Lance Armstrong’s bike shop ‘Mellow Johnny’s’, the music, conventions and eclectic art culture, those who also want to make a stop for a good craft beer, can do so here in Austin, Texas. Yes, Austin Texas