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SOMM, a Film About the Journey of Becoming a Master Sommelier, Debuts Tonight

Tonight, June 25, at the Sie Film Center, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Denver Food and Wine will host the Denver premiere of SOMM, a documentary about the journey of becoming a Master Sommelier. The evening benefits The Denver Post Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

This anticipated film, SOMM, gives viewers insight into a mysterious organization – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating and all-consuming Master Sommelier exam. The title of Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service abilities, and professionalism in the hospitality trade with education being at the core of the Court's charter. There are 133 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier as part of the Americas chapter since the organization's inception.

In the movie, writer and director by Jason Wise, tells the story of four sommeliers attempting to pass the exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The Court Of Master Sommeliers has always regulated access to its operations and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam prior to this film.

Tonight, the Denver premiere of SOMM will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception featuring wine pairings selected by Jay Fletcher, MS, Executive Director of Fine Wine for Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. with a Q&A session with Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher, Damon Ornowski, and Sabato Sagaria following the screening.

Tickets for tonight's event are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance at On Friday, June 28, SOMM will begin to run at the Sie FilmCenter.

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Sie Film Center

2510 East Colfax, Denver, CO