(Grayson West/Park Record) Mark Eberwein
, holding a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon by TwoDog Wine, in Sandy, Utah.
But not Mark Eberwein
, who was recently recognized as one of the country's top sommeliers of 2011 by Food and Wine Magazine
is one of only seven sommeliers in the U.S. to receive this year's award.
Eberwein has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and currently serves as the Director of Food and Beverage for the St. Regis Deer Valley.
In addition to receiving this award, Eberwein
is an insightful businessman.
In an interview at the Chef's table, a private room in the J&G Grill with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Deer Valley's ski slopes, Eberwein
reflected on his
It began at age 26 as Sommelier of the Rancho Bernardo Inn, where he
assumed the responsibility of selecting over 2,000 wines featured on the restaurant's menu, "wine is about enjoying the experience," Eberwein
One of his
greatest memories is of sharing a $15 bottle of wine with friends.
said price doesn't necessarily matter- but, of course, ultra expensive bottles do have their place.
Is it true that wine is better with age?
explained that wines with fruity flavors are meant
to be consumed within a year, while wines containing higher alcohol and acidic levels age more gracefully.
After joining the St. Regis team as Director of Food and Beverage last year, Eberwein rewrote the wine list for J&G Grill, "originally (the wine list was) built for those who had made it and not the people walking through the doors," Eberwein said.
believes creating an enjoyable and extensive wine list designed with the guests in mind is important.
Eberwein is passionate about food and wine, which is the best part of his job, "I'm not an accountant," Eberwein jokes, "I love talking about wine and working with Chef (Matthew Harris) on pairings."