James Tidwell, the sommelier at the Four Seasons in suburban Dallas, has become a master sommelier – one of just 96 in North America and 167 worldwide. The honor is probably the highest that a wine person can achieve, and is incredibly difficult to do. It took James, who knows way more than I ever will, eight years of on and off work to earn the honor. And he had to start over once.
We talked this week about how difficult it is to become a master sommelier and why James did it, and he added some pointers about finding good value wines (whether in a store or in a restaurant). Click here to download or stream the podcast. It’s about 12 minutes and 11 megabytes. This is probably the best sound quality I’ve done yet, with very little hiss.