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.

The forthcoming third installment in the “SOMM” film series includes this British-American summit with UK wine icons Jancis Robinson and Steven Spurrier. Photos courtesy of Forgotten Man Films

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!

Where to Drink Wine: Barcelona

Welcome to a new SommSelect blog series we’re calling Where To Drink Wine, in which we ask our intrepid sommelier friends to recommend the best wine-drinking places they’ve encountered during their travels. Today we welcome sommelier and writer Erin Rickenbacker, who runs the all-Spanish wine program at San Francisco’s Bellota—itself an excellent place to drink […]

Napa Valley Past & Present

Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser is a well-known lecturer, author, and wine educator who has mentored many MS candidates, including SommSelect’s Ian Cauble. Recently, he posted this piece on his personal blog and, with his permission, we’ve reproduced it here. Anyone with a love of both history and wine will appreciate Tim’s revisiting of a classic book […]

You Say Indigenous, I Say Autochthonous…The Best Native Grapes to Try Now

It’s a wide world of vitis vinifera out there, but which lesser-known native grapes are most worthy of more attention? We’re not two months into 2019, and already SommSelect has offered wines from grapes such as Pelaverga (Piedmont, Italy), Xinomavro (Macedonia, Greece), and Kékfrankos (Slovakia!). Oh, and Piedirosso (Campania, Italy) and Loureiro (Vinho Verde, Portugal), […]

What We’ve Learned:
Wine & Food Pairing

  Each of our daily wine offers contains a suggestion for a recipe to prepare with the featured wine. It’s not just because all of us at SommSelect share a love of cooking (and eating), but because we want to describe not just the “whats” and “wheres” of a wine but the “whys” and the […]

Champagne: The Year In Review

Chances are, given the season, you’re drinking more Champagne than usual. And with one of the biggest Champagne occasions of them all right around the corner, we’ve found ourselves not only re-stocking our own supplies but reflecting on a year chock full of delicious Champagne offers. In addition to myself, the SommSelect team includes another […]