Test your wine prowess with tastings and a film at Breckenridge Theatre
If you go
What: “Somm” screening, plus lecture and wine tasting (must be 21 or older to participate in the wine tasting)
Where: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, 121 Ridge St., Breckenridge
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1
Cost: $10 for the film, plus $15 for the wine tastings
More information: Tickets are available at www.backstagetheatre.org, by calling (970) 453-0199 or at the door
“Sauvignon Blanc smells like cat pee,” a wine-tasting expert tells us in the amusing and suspenseful documentary “Somm.” So, “we use the word ‘blackcurrant bud.’ That’s kind of our code word.”
“Somm” tells the story of a group of young men working toward earning the prestigious title Master Sommelier. This is among the most difficult series of exams to pass in the world. Incredibly, the candidate must blind taste wine and identify its type, region and vintage as part of the test. The people who choose to pursue this are an interesting and varied group. In the end, it’s about wine, but it is also a tale of friendship, teamwork and perseverance. The pressure of the upcoming exam is palpable, weighing on relationships.
“The cultivation of a palate that is not only sensitive and refined but unerringly, consistently accurate is the exam’s most daunting challenge, as well as the film’s most entertaining focus,” said Justin Chang, Variety’s chief film critic. “‘Somm’ is never more interesting — which is to say, never more of an oenophile’s geek-out — than when the cameras are simply observing Cauble, McClintic and Wilson as they practice for the blind-tasting test, sampling the same reds and whites, describing their components in vivid detail and, finally, hazarding an educated guess at the grape and region. Sometimes they arrive at the same answers; more often, they don’t.”
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre uncorks “Somm” on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, at the soon-to-be-remodeled Breckenridge Theatre, coupled with a short lecture and wine tasting. Two red wines and two whites will be poured. The labels will be hidden, but blindfolds are optional. After the film, the wines will be revealed.
Up next at the theater
On Sunday, May 3, at 6 p.m. the Breckenridge Theatre will partner with the Breckenridge Film Fest to present Oscar’s Live Action Shorts. This is the last event in the Breckenridge Theatre before an extensive remodel by the town of Breckenridge, with an expected reopening mid-2016.
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