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June 2016 Issue | Vol. 4, No. 11                                                                                                                          Ideal pairings for salads.






 












 
 
 
 

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Greg Tresner | Master Sommelier | The Phoenician | Scottsdale Ideal Pairings for Salads Greg Tresner is sickly gifted. According to the movie Somm, anyway. The movie, which correctly describes the Master Sommelier Diploma as the highest achievement you can make in the world of wine, also declares as sickly gifted those bright enough to earn it. The Court of Master Sommeliers has only 230 professionals, worldwide. Tresner, Arizona’s only Master Sommelier, did not, at first, realize he had the talent necessary to achieve an MS diploma. “It took some encouragement,” Tresner said, “because I didn’t think I was special. I grew up in agricultural country. I thought everybody had a sense of taste, and everybody could do this. I took it for granted. Then I realized I could utilize those skills to pass the masters exam. It took me a while to understand that.” Not to say he didn’t fit the level of obsession displayed in the movie. Because he worked in hospitality, there was no lack of interest for the fruit of the vine. “There are a lot of wine drinkers in this business and conversation,” Tresner said. “So that helped a lot. You learn about wine.” And he spent “a lot of time” scanning the shelves in wine shops. He’d study labels and write down information he didn’t know. “Which I still do today,” Tresner said. “But I have to do it more, because I forget.” As long as when he goes into the shop, he doesn’t get to the point where he says, Now, what did I come in here for? “On no,” Tresner quipped (we think), “I’ve been doing that for years.” Tresner said he started taking tests in the 1990s. He passed the Court of the Master Sommeliers masters in 2000. “Since that time,” Tresner said, “a hundred people have passed that examination. More and more people are interested, and they’re interested at a younger age. Many of my colleagues are excellent teachers and give workshops and some coaching. It’s expanded.”