The Somm Chef

Wine Tastings, Culinary Classes & More

Wine Educator & Private Chef




Wine Tastings, Culinary Classes & More

Wine Educator & Private Chef

Irmàna Frappato Wine Review and Sicilian Wines

Welcome to Sicily! One of the craziest wine regions in the world....

Rosé Wine Spritzer

What could be better in Summer than a Rosé wine spritzer? I know you can...

Chablis, Burgundy & Wine Review

photo credit Chablis is a white wine Region with fabulous, bright and...

Australian Wine Regions and Semillon

Australian wines are exceptional values and truly coming into their own....

White Burgundy Wine – How to Find Great Values

Let's talk about White Burgundy. 🇫🇷 🇫🇷 You may recognize some of the...

Basil Granita with Heirloom Tomato Salad

This Basil Granita is a showstopper for sure. It's fun to see the wonder...

Homemade Hot Fudge – with Espresso

Hot fudge is one of those things you can buy at the store, yes. However,...

Homemade Ricotta

Have you ever made your own ricotta? You'll be amazed at how easy making...

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema

Summer is all about Fish Tacos! I really love all things food, but tacos...

Rosé Berry Betty

I present to you the Rosé Berry Betty. A dessert that's like a crumble,...

Culinary Diaries: Fundamentals Day 2

Day two began with a great start. My team and I met a few minutes early...

3 Unexpected Pairings You Have The Time to put together

So good and so easy – very little to no cooking involved!

The Perfect Holiday Bread: Focaccia

Perhaps it’s the rosemary or the plethora of other herbs you can add to...

Why Wine & Food Pairings matter

Why is pairing food and wine such a big deal? Does it really even matter? Yes, and no. If you want to drink whatever you want because you feel like it — you go, no judgments. However, if you want to learn a little bit more about how it can enhance a meal or your experience with wine and what all the wine lovers out there are so obsessed with, I hope this gives you some ideas!

Active Dry, Instant, Quick Rise, Fresh – What’s In A Name?

Instant, Active Dry, Rapid-Rise, Quick-Rise, Compressed — Aren’t they all...

Food & Wine Questions

Sugar and Wine – Residual and Added

Sugar and wine. This whole thing about tons of sugar cubes filling up wineglasses, and advertising "zero added sugar" wines has to stop. This is so not right. Advertising a ZERO ADDED SUGAR wine is like advertising ground beef with ZERO ADDED GLUTEN. What? Here's the...

How Does Climate Affect Wine?

Köppen-Geiger Climate Map In the simplest of terms, think about climate in hot versus cold. You can do this fairly easily by thinking of the world map in your head and how close or far away a region is to the equator. If it's quite far, you'll know its cold (i.e....

Why Do You Swirl Wine?

In Short:- Swirling helps release aromatics in young and older wines.- Be careful not to swirl too much! The purpose of swirling is to release aromas. If a wine is "closed" it means that the wine's aromatics are dulled. Exposure to oxygen releases these aromatic...


Questions? Answered.

Send in your questions and get answers. Cooking Techniques, Knife Skills, Wine Styles, and Wine How-To’s.


Interactive Classes

Sign up for a class and get in the kitchen! For an interactive experience, let’s make ravioli, or roll some sushi! Great for kids too!


Fresh Ingredients

I will always encourage you to use sustainable and seasonal ingredients for every meal.


Wine & Food

Whether small bites for happy hour, or 3 courses and bubbly, this is where the best of wine meets the best of food.


Wine Tastings

Custom tastings on any topic you choose. The topic can be about your cellar favorites, or something brand new.


Recipes from the Heart

I love cooking, but more than that, I love teaching other people how to cook. If there’s something you’ve wanted to learn how to make for a while – reach out and let’s see what magic we can make.