Perfect Pairings event set for Saturday in Vail |

Perfect Pairings event set for Saturday in Vail

“SOMM” takes viewers on the humorous, illuminating and often emotional journey of the intimidating Master Sommelier Exam and the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
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The food

1. Smoked sable fish, piquillo pepper coulis, candied lemon

2. Local goat cheese galette, roasted forest mushrooms, thyme, maderia shallots

3. Fig glazed lamb loin, braised fennel, carrot puree, lavender jus

4. Coconut panna cotta, tarragon, strawberry compote

The wine pairing

1. Roederer Estate Brut NV, Anderson Valley, United States

2. Roblin Sancerre “Enclos de Maimbray”, France

3. Frassinello “Le Sughere di Frassinello”, Tuscany, Italy

4. Coffee and tea

Lamb and Bordeaux, shellfish and Chablis, goat cheese and Sancerre — there are classic wine pairings that work with classic dishes. There are $10 bottles and there are $200 bottles, and there are reasons to choose one over the other.

Wine and the wine industry is a cloudy subject, rigged with grandeur and misunderstanding. Those who know it well, better than others, are deemed “master sommeliers.” They undergo rigorous testing to achieve the credential.

Master Sommeliers

The Vail Symposium’s winter fundraiser will feature two master sommeliers lecturing on wine topics, a screening of the documentary “SOMM” and a four-course dinner with wine paired by the experts. It will be a night dedicated to wine education, eating fine foods and drinking fine wines.

“Really it is going to be a fun night full of wine, food and learning about the subject,” said Tracey Flower, the Symposium’s executive director. “The two master sommeliers, Sean Razee and Jay Fletcher, will be an asset to the learning right along with the documentary, which has great reviews. The food and wine pairing will complement each other deliciously.”


The documentary “SOMM” takes viewers on a detailed journey into the wine industry as well as the process to become a master sommelier. It describes a world marked by obsession, hope, tenacity and friendship.

The food will be prepared by Big Delicious catering. The courses include local goat cheese galette with roasted forest mushrooms; fig glazed lamb loin with braised fennel; and coconut panna cota. The wine, supplied by West Vail Liquor Mart, includes Roederer Estate Brut, Roblin Sancerre “Enclos de Maimbray” and Frassinello “Le Sughere di Frasinello.” The wine comes from the U.S., France and Italy.

Razee and Fletcher paired the wine with the food. They have both achieved the master sommelier certification and will be able to speak to the wine as well as the stories shared in the documentary. They will be open to questions.

The Symposium has individual, couple and table pricing available.

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