Anyone who’s seen the SOMM Films (a third installment of which is headed to theaters this fall) or spent any time working in the wine trade knows Fred Dame—one of the “O.G.” Master Sommeliers in America and a mentor to many who’ve gone through the MS program since (including our own Ian Cauble).
Fred was one of the first Americans to pass the MS exam and founded the US branch of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 1986. As Cellarmaster of the famed Sardine Factory in Monterey, CA, he assembled an enviable wine collection that earned the restaurant the Wine Spectator “Grand Award,” and he personally has been given just about every wine-related honor imaginable.
Fred is the latest, and most legendary, sommelier to add his voice to our offers at SommSelect. Over the last year and a half, we’ve brought in peers we admire (Matt Stamp; Richard Betts) to present wines to our subscribers—because as SommSelect continues to grow, so does our network. Our aim, as always, is to be the most authoritative and entertaining purveyor of wines on the internet: Having Fred on board as a regular contributor will help ensure that! His first offer—Caraccioli Cellars’ 2010 “Brut Cuvée”—goes live TODAY. Stay tuned for many more from one of the great minds in wine!