Tonight's special dinner at Enotria marks a homecoming of sorts for sommelier Jeremiah Morehouse. Before taking a gig at SPQR, the Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant celebrated for its Italian food and wine program, Morehouse served as wine director at Enotria.
Morehouse returns tonight for a guest chef dinner featuring SPQR chef Matthew Accarrino. Morehouse, along with Enotria sommelier Tyler Stacy, will provide wine pairings for the six courses.
Morehouse also brings the much-sought-after lapel pin that designates him as an advanced sommelier. As we reported in April, Morehouse passed his advanced sommelier exam, a notoriously tough test; only 25 percent of participants pass on the first try.
Morehouse passed the exam on his first attempt and scored high enough to earn a $2,500 scholarship from Rudd Winery in Napa to further his wine education.
We thought of Morehouse during the June 19 screening of "Somm" at Tower Theatre. This documentary, which has been making the rounds for about a year, follows a group of sommeliers as they prepare to take the exam to become a master sommelier the highest level for the profession.
If the advanced exam that Morehouse took sounds rigorous, here's an even more humbling statistic: about 90 percent of folks fail the master sommelier exam. This three-day test covers blind tastings, service and history, which, judging by "Somm," requires a kind of study ethic that borders on obsessive compulsive disorder.
The Wednesday screening included a who's-who of local sommeliers such as Kara Sheffield of 58 Degrees & Holding, wine educator and former Enotria wine director Matthew Lewis, and Michael Chandler of Rail Bridge Cellars. "Somm" also features a quick cameo from Garth Hodgdon, a former Sacramentan who's now a sommelier at the French Laundry in Yountville.
After seeing the movie over the weekend, Morehouse posted the following on his Facebook page:
"I thought I felt proud after passing the advanced exam, but what I have seen tonight takes me to another level I will not stop, I will not be deterred. Challenge accepted the game is on."
Tonight's guest chef dinner at Enotria costs $110 per person. Information: (916) 922-6792.
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