Friday, May 22, 2009
VINO LAS VEGAS samples wine with Master Sommelier Jason Smith at Vegas Uncorked
There are more Master Sommeliers in Las Vegas than any other city in the world. 18 Master Sommeliers call Las Vegas their home.
According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, the entity that certifies and educates master sommeliers, there are less than 100 professionals who hold the title Master Sommelier in North America. There are 158 master sommeliers world wide.
The Bellagio Resort has established the record for the most Master Sommeliers at a single property. Jason Smith is the properties Director of Wine , Robert Smith of Picasso and Joseph Phillips of Michael Mina .
We have had the pleasure of meeting many of the Master Sommeliers here in Las Vegas . Jason Smith at one time was the country's youngest Master Sommelier. As Director of Wine at the Bellagio Jason overseas 32 venues and leads wine education for 3500 service employees and is responsible for hiring and training an unprecedented 15 sommeliers including two other Master Sommeliers.
Jason did not just " fall" into his current position. After attending the renown Culinary Institute of America Jason realized he had a passion for wine. Before he was 21, Jason was cellar master at the 21 Club in New York city became a sommelier. Jason later refined his skills in such acclaimed restaurants as The Little Niel, Charlie Trotter's and Michael Mina.
Jason then became a Master Sommelier after years in the industry , a rigorous exam composed of Wine Theory, Service and of course, Blind Tasting. The title of Master Sommelier takes years to achieve and requires passion and dedication that few can posses
Vegas Uncorked gave its guests a unique opportunity to taste selections from around the world as Jason guided them through a behind-the-scenes look at the methodology and rationale behind blind tasting from a Master Sommelier.
Join Scott from VINO LAS VEGAS has he speaks to Master Sommelier Jason Smith at Vegas Uncorked about the Bellagio and his remarkable rise to the top of his profession.