You recently earned the level 3 certification as a sommelier. Tell
us more about that.
The Court of Master Sommeliers was established as an
organization to further the wine and sommelier community. It sets
standards, upholding hospitality, (and) theyíve created a series of
examinations. They have four levels that are part of the
examinations: 1. Introductory, 2. Certified Sommelier, 3. Advanced
Sommelier, and 4. Master Sommelier. I passed the advanced (exam)
this past July. (Espinosa is the only sommelier in Milwaukee
certified at this level. She hopes to achieve the master level
you werenít a sommelier, what
would you be doing?
Iím not sure. ... Iím thrilled with what Iím doing,
and I donít want to do anything else. Iíve worked really hard to be
where Iím at, and itís pretty cool to know that, even though Iím in
Milwaukee and Iím super proud to be here, I took the same
(certification) test everyone else took around the world. ... Being
in a small market has certain challenges, and that is something Iíve
worked hard to change ó to create a local community of sommeliers
that is really collaborative.
When not drinking
wine, whatís your alcoholic beverage of choice?