Project Wine: How to Find Your Gateway Wine and Enjoy the Best Out of It with Master Sommelier Jennifer Huether
Do you want to know how to get the best out of wine? Want to find what’s the best wine for you? On today’s episode, Dr. Antonella chats with Master Sommelier Jennifer Huether. Jennifer works for the Jackson Family Wines and has over 20 years of experience in the wine business. She became Canada’s first female Master Sommelier in 2011.
Jennifer also worked for Canadian owned Cliff Lede Vineyards based in Napa Valley. She has been integral in the Canadian and Ontario Sommelier Competitions for the past several years. She is also an active teacher with the Court of Master Sommeliers and sits on the Board of Directors for Guild Somm, a non-profit membership organization, committed to the inspiration and exchange of information for wine service professionals around the world.
Tune in now as Jennifer discuss everything from how to prepare a complimentary menu for your next party to a step-by-step process of finding your gateway wine and get the best experience out of it. Find out why you should not be intimidated with sommeliers and use them on your next trip to a restaurant.
3:42 - How Jennifer’s fascination with wine started and how she worked her way to become the first female Master Sommelier in Canada
8:30 - What keeps her busy today and the three parts in the Master Sommelier Exam and how to prepare for it
12:38 - Four tips to get the best experience out of wine if you’re not a wine expert
16:23 - How to find a good wine that you will enjoy based on your food and beverage preference (example: sweet or bitter) and what is a good neutral and non-offensive wine
18:38 - Mistakes to avoid in the storage and consumption of wine
20:21 - The apex of great wine and why dry rosé is Jennifer’s favorite wine
22:15 - What you need to know if you want to become a sommelier - plus Jennifer’s funny story with a customer
24:56 - Discarding the stereotype of the sommelier as a snobby and judgemental old man and why you should not be afraid to ask a sommelier’s help
26:18 - Jennifer’s recommended book that will remind you to be open to possibilities and to not put limitations in your life and her future plan that will benefit vegans and vegetarians
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