Ripe blackberries. Raspberries. Lemon-lime citrus. White peach. Blood orange. Baked pie. Cobbler. Saddle leather. Fruit leather. Chrysanthemums. Lavender. Rosemary. Cinnamon. Chocolate. Cardamom. Dark chocolate.
Ingredient list for the craziest dessert buffet ever?
Nope. These are just a few of the terms, delivered with brusque certainty and confidence, that Master Sommelier Devon Broglie employs to describe a mystery wine.
Broglie doesn’t simply throw adjectives at the problem; he can identify grape variety, region, and vintage just from sight, scent, and palate. Why? Because he’s an expert among experts. There are 214 master sommeliers in the world—roughly one for every 34 million people.
Which is to say, your chances of becoming a master sommelier are pretty slim. So are your chances of meeting one. But don’t despair: The second episode of "Dark Rye" featured another adventure with Bay Area fisher Kirk Lombard, a look at the rags-to-riches story of Azalina Eusope and her Malaysian food empire, an adventure in coffee roasting with The Unseen Bean’s Gerry Leary, and an expedition into the senses with Master Sommelier Broglie.
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