(Courtesy Montage Deer Valley)

Introductory Sommelier Certification Program Offered to the Public

PARK CITY, UTAH (May 25, 2011) – On July 11 and 12, the Court of Master Sommeliers will offer an intensive, two-day instruction and training session at Montage Deer Valley to educate students on the art and science of wine and spirits. A select group of the world’s foremost experts on the topic, Master Sommeliers Frederick Dame, Ron Mumford and Larry O’Brien, will instruct the Introductory Sommelier Certification program. Participants will conclude the course by completing the first of the Court of Master Sommeliers four exams, each of which requires an increasing dedication to the mastery of all elements of beverage theory and service. Those who graduate from the Introductory Sommelier Certification will be one step closer to joining the exclusive group of only 112 individuals in North America with the coveted title of Master Sommelier.

The Court’s expert instruction, combined with the public’s growing interest in wine, means that sommelier courses fill up far in advance and command a sizable waitlist. In addition to learning wine regions and their history, varietals and terroir, beverage service and theory during this introductory course, participants will refine their tasting palate and identify the subtle complexities found in a wine profile.

“It’s always exciting to see who will walk through those classroom doors,” said Frederick Dame, Chairman Emeritus of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas and current President of the Guild of Sommeliers Education. “Working with young sommeliers provides the Court a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the next generation of wine professionals share our passion for wine. Each of these candidates has the potential to be the next great Master Sommelier.”

Individuals interested in the Introductory Certification should have a prior knowledge of wine regions worldwide. The introductory course will be held at Montage Deer Valley on July 11 and 12. Program registration is available online at www.parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com and is $495 per person. For more information on the Court of Master Sommeliers organization, visit www.mastersommeliers.org.

About the Court of Master Sommeliers
The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in England in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. The first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam was held in the United States in 1987. The title of Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service abilities and professionalism in the hospitality trade. Education continues to remain the Court’s charter. There are four stages involved in attaining the top qualifications of Master Sommelier: 1) Introductory Sommelier Course; 2) Certified Sommelier Exam; 3) Advanced Sommelier Course; and 4) Master Sommelier Diploma.

There are 112 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier as part of the Americas chapter since the organization’s inception. Of those, 95 are men and 17 are women. There are 180 professionals worldwide who have received the title of Master Sommelier since the fist Master Sommelier Diploma Exam.

About Montage Deer Valley
Opened in December 2010, Montage Deer Valley promises to be North America’s finest mountain resort destination. Reminiscent of great mountain lodges, this refined Mountain Craftsman resort is less than five minutes from Park City’s celebrated Main Street, and an easy 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Engaging all-season indoor and outdoor activities include ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, named America’s #1 ski resort by Ski magazine. The 154 deluxe guestrooms, and more than 66 suites and private residences ranging from one to four bedrooms, feature fireplaces and expansive views of the majestic Wasatch Front. The resort also offers several inventive dining options; a gourmet gastro-pub with bowling lanes, billiards, darts and nostalgic arcade games; a 35,000-square-foot alpine-inspired spa; outdoor pool and whirlpools; outdoor terrace with fire pits; one-of-a-kind retail shops, a fine arts collection and 55,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor event space for executive meetings and special events. The resort has been named to the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler’s annual “Hot List,” Robb Report’s 2011 “Best of the Best” and Travel + Leisure’s annual “IT” list for the world’s best new hotels. Montage Deer Valley is represented in Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ worldwide collection. For reservations, contact a travel professional, call (888) 604-1301 or visit www.montagedeervalley.com