If you’re looking to learn more about wine, there’s a seat at Morton’s The Steakhouse waiting for you. Every few months, sommelier Sara Fasolino stops by to host a wine class. And, in typical Morton’s fashion, the events are guaranteed to be fabulous and top-notch.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to stop by the March 29 Master Class, but Sara was kind enough to sit down with me to give me the scoop. During the class, Sara invites guests to pair five wines with five different foods. Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and a dessert wine were all featured and were used to show drinkers how certain elements of food can bring out different wine elements. Some neat stuff I learned:
If you’re throwing back some wasabi (or, anything spicy), you can ease the burn with a glass of Chardonnay. Since wasabi is made from a root, it contains tannins (so do many red wines), and will increase the acidity and bitterness in the wine. Pair with a Cabernet and your mouth will be on fire!
No need to save dessert wines for the end of the meal – the nice balance between acidity and alcohol make them the perfect complement to a steak, or a dish featuring bleu cheese.
Becoming a Master Sommelier may be more difficult than getting into Harvard! In fact, there’s only 168 Master Sommeliers worldwide. There are four different levels, and a person isn’t designated as a “Certified Sommelier” until after completing level two. Looking for a career change? Check out the courses, here.
Sara travels to all of the Morton’s across the U.S. to host classes – she’ll be back in a few months for another course. I’ll keep everyone in the loop when it’s announced. In the meantime, you can keep up with her on Twitter by following @sommeliersara or visiting her Web site at www.sommeliersara.com. Or, stop by Morton’s for one of the best steaks in town, and pair it with a great glass of red (but, if you opt for the Cajun Ribeye, order a Riesling, it’ll help cool off your taste buds!).
Morton’s The Steakhouse is located in Shockoe Slip at 111 Virginia St.
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