Congratulations, Chris!

Our fearless leader, Chris Poldoian, was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Tastemakers! Every year, this nationally renown wine magazine chooses 40 of the most innovative young professionals in the beverage business for their list. Chris is not only the youngest one on this year’s list but also the only one from Texas and the Southwest!

But Chris didn’t win this accolade all on his own. Over the past 11 months, he has worked tirelessly with the entire sommelier team to make Camerata one of the most friendly and hospitality-focused wine destinations around! This award belongs as much to the team as it does to him. Next time you come to Camerata, make sure to congratulate everyone on a job well done!

Congratulations to Danny & Tony!

Camerata is proud to announce that Tony Stein and Danny Steiner successfully completed their level one and two sommelier certifications this past week! The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the major governing bodies of the wine world and gained plenty of notoriety for its depiction in the “Somm” documentary. There are four levels to the Sommelier Exam: with the final level referred to as the “Master Sommelier.” There are less than 200 Master Sommeliers in the United States, and only 3 in Houston!

The exams can be rigorous. The level one is an introductory survey course, a prerequisite to the level two. The second level is referred to as the “Certified Sommelier” and demands the candidate blind taste four wines, demonstrate theoretical and practical ability. The third level is the “Advanced Sommelier Certification,” which ramps everything from the level two up tenfold. Six wines are blind tasted, and candidates must demonstrate mastery of cocktail preparation, vintage demarcations, sake service, and everything in between. Our former staff member Lindsay Thomas successfully passed this exam last year!

Danny joins Monica Townsend and Chris Poldoian as “Certified Sommeliers,” and Tony is gearing up to complete his own level 2 next year. Congratulate both of these gentlemen next time you come to the bar!


Know your Importers

Our fearless leader wrote an article for the website “I Like This Grape,” which covers the intersection of wine and culture for the millennial generation. Chris wrote about some of his favorite wine importers and compared the supply side of wine to the record labels. One of the best ways to shop for wine in a store is by flipping the bottle over and recognizing the company that brings that wine stateside. Developing an understanding of importers and trusting their portfolio is a lot like discovering a new artist from a familiar record label. So whether you’re more into Def Jam or G.O.O.D. or XL or Sub Pop, there’s the perfect song (or booze) for you! Read the article here!