If you have ever enjoyed a luxurious dining experience, then you will most likely find one or two sommelier.
A professional expert in wine, the sommelier is the person in the restaurant who guides you through reds, whites, roses, champagne and – if you are really about life – also harbor and after dinner dinner. This is the sommelier who can lead you to the perfect pair for an expensive appetizer consisting of vegetables and sauces and seasonings that you have never heard of. And a sommelier who can tell you all about the region, terrain, climate, and wine that fills the $ 100 bottle you choose to wash your old prime rib dishes.
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Basically, a sommelier is like an encyclopedia of humans who live, breathe, and dress nicely from all things vino.
Of course, being an expert in any field requires an immense passion for the subject and immeasurable willpower. But being a sommelier is very challenging. While thousands of people have studied, toured vineyards and even worked in wineries for a long time, not many people in the world felt dignified to be appointed as sommelier masters – the highest level wine experts. In fact, there are only 269 people in the world who have received a sommelier master’s degree after passing a very difficult sommelier master diploma exam.
The journey to becoming a sommelier is one that Netflix users can learn a little more about when the streaming service starts its feature-length feature film, Wine-centric.
Directed by the Insecure Prentice Penny showroom, the film premiered on Netflix Friday. It follows a young black man as he navigates the many dangers and challenges of being a wine professional.
Played by Mamoudou Athie – who you might remember as the Grandmaster of Flash The Get Down – Elijah is a Memphis man in his twenties who is passionate about wine. When he began filming in a wine shop, it was clear that he not only knew his goods when it came to fermented wine – he also knew how to describe wine accurately in a way that lay people could understand. So, of course, he decided to pursue a career as a sommelier.
Mamoudou Athie appears in “Uncorked.” The Netflix film was released on March 27, 2020.
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The problem, however, is that his dream of becoming a professional wine world is in direct contradiction to the career path his father chose for Elijah, as the next person to own and run a barbecue with the family. Tension only increased in Elijah’s personal life when he decided to pursue his dream even though his father was fired. Elijah entered a world that was very different from the world where he had grown up, and the pressure associated with mastering his studies seemed to have begun to afflict him with his father’s lack of support.
Courtney B. Vance plays Elijah’s stubborn father Louis, while Niecy Nash plays his loving and reliable mother. Sasha Compère and Matt McGorry also starred in this film.
An unopened debut on Netflix on Friday at 3 a.m. ET.