Finding My Own Way

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Becoming a Sommelier: Finding My Own Way

by Kimberly Faye

Being a Sommelier and an On Air Radio Personality has it’s unique set of challenges. First of all, there are all kinds of notions about the role of a Sommelier and most of them include being in-service at a restaurant. One may harken back to the golden era when Sommeliers were to be found in high brow restaurants such as Seattle’s Olympic Hotel or Chicago’s Four Season’s, but today’s foodie wants unique menu choices along with quality service and that has created a demand for Sommelier’s service at your local casual eatery. Granted, there are more and more people like me who utilize our Sommelier knowledge in other capacities such as wine writing, travel, education and even sales in the three-tier system.ISG-sommelier-Logo

I am still waiting to meet another Sommelier who is an On Air Radio Personality, though I’m certain he and she exists. If perchance you are that person, would you please email me so we can share content and swap tasting notes?

I was up to my eyeballs in new business development with Wine Life Radio while at the same time preparing my house to go on the market and shopping for a new house in the Denver Metro area (no small feat and don’t even get me started on the obnoxious bidding wars on shoebox size houses) when…

We were at Pinot Posse, an annual Pinot Noir winemaker dinner at Table 6 on 6th and Corona (an eclectic house of very interesting and always tasty, fine cuisine in Denver’s trendy Capitol Hill district) when Dr. Michael Wray, my guest for the event, turned to me and said, “Kimberly, you have to register for the SDP!” I swirled my glass of Bonacorrsi Fiddlestix, sniffed and gave Michael the ‘we’re not having this conversation now’ look. “No, I’m serious. This may be the only opportunity you’ll have for a very long time to get in on this course.” I took a big swallow of the brilliant ruby, bing cherry, river rock, sweet earth that lingered on my palate and emphatically told Michael it was an impossibility. “I am trying to build a business, sell a house, buy a house, make a major move and did I mention build a business!!! I cannot commit the time to a 6-month intensive wine program that I’m likely to fail anyway. (period)” He doesn’t concede easily but noted my sincerity so he leaned over and said in an understanding tone, “you’ll have to find a way.” I turned slowly to look him squarely in the eyes and said, “Okay!”

So, it’s late March…class began three, no four weeks ago…; one week after a snow storm that threatened to halt the entire state of Colorado and that happened the same weekend a couple from Miami showed up to look at my house, bought it, and closed three days later. That little happiness threw me into an intensive new home search that landed me in a dream come true situation- one might call it a miracle – you would call it a miracle if you knew all the details. I found a house the following weekend, made an offer and it was accepted the morning of my first class.about-isg

To-date, besides the investment involved in the move, I have practically taken up stock in Amazon with the boatload of textbooks I need to prepare for this course. Have you priced the latest Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia? The price actually went up from $799 to $999 this past week though I found a used copy for $398. My current read is Jajat Parr’s SECRETS OF THE SOMMELIERS even as I am drinking in every luscious word of the WORLD ATLAS OF WINE. This is just the beginning of the extensive library I will acquire in an effort to support my studies in the Sommelier Diploma Program of the International Sommelier Guild at Metropolitan State University.

With so much to read and so little time to do it, I have developed a reward system. Each new cardboard box that gets filled, taped, marked for location earns me one chapter in my new book.

I guess Michael was right, I have found a way…


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White Wines of Spring

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Keith and Kimberly welcome Jerry English / Banfi Imports

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The wines we opened…Banfi_Gavia

Bolla Prosecco  /  Bright, deep straw in color. Bouquet: Appealing ripe fruit on the nose with hints of apple, pear and peach. Taste: Fresh and fruity on the palate with a great vein of acidity and lively finish.

Principessa Gavi /  Cortese di Gavi is an historical grape variety of the lower Piedmont Region. Principessa Gavia is made from our own estate-grown grapes. Thanks to the soft pressing and the stainless steel fermentation at controlled low temperatures (always below 18°C), its typical delicate aromas and crisp flavours are enhanced.

San Angelo Pinot Grigio  /  On the palate the wine exhibits intense aromas of pear and citrus, with mouth-watering acidity and mouth-filling richness. It may pale next to some of the exceptional Pinot Grigio produced to the north in Alto Adige and Friuli, but that’s hardly an indictment. It’s fresh, crisp and delicious, an outstanding accompaniment with savory antipasti.




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Women of the Vine

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Keith and Kimberly welcome Deborah Brenner

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Deborah Brenner / Women of the Vine


The Women of the Vine Global Symposium is the first of its kind two-day trade event enabling women across all sectors of the wine industry and across the globe to connect, network, mentor, collaborate and support each other.

It uncovers some of the personal, family and business dynamics of today’s women in wine. The Symposium aims to provide tangible strategies to help women further their careers within the ever-changing wine world.

If you are seeking to hone your business skills, gather fresh ideas and network with other like-minded women in the wine industry, this is a must attend annual event.

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