Spirited sommeliers: Wine sommeliers have been around since the dawn of fine restaurants, but what other sort of spirit specialists are showing up in fancy hotel bars?
At the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort, they grow their very own agave azul on property and produce a proprietary brand of tequila. Their Tequila Sommelier has her Tequilier certification from the University of Tequila and hosts the “Secretos de Tequila” tastings and educational sessions. This is serious biz in Mexico.
And Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego has their very own Tequila Connoisseur in The Pony Room to go along with their recently-launched tequila menu consisting of over 100 different tequilas, unique tequila cocktails and tequila flights. The Pony Room is currently infusing silver tequila with charred pineapple for cocktails such as the Flyin’ Hawaiian, made up of the charred pineapple tequila, Cointreau Noir and lemon juice.
At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, they have not one, but three, expert epicures–-a Tequila Goddess, Beer Cicerone and Libations Master. These connoisseurs will help you choose which beer to try, which tequila will best suit you and will craft a cocktail to suit your mood.
The Mixing Room at JW Marriott L.A. Live has recently introduced a new cocktail program featuring house-aged whiskey. To ensure the whiskey is aged just right in its French oak barrel, the hotel has an onsite Whiskey Director to oversee the creation of this smoky and smooth bourbon. If you really want to have a good time on a Saturday night, sample the original bourbon against the house-aged bourbon with their new Before and After Flight.
So many trends, so little time. Stick with us for Part 2!
[Photos: Surf and Sand Resort/Marriott Hotels & Resorts]