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Published by Shana Dilworth on 27/03/2018

Elegant wines, huge impact

Not every wine has to have a big score from Robert Parker to have a significant effect on what we drink - a fact recognised this month by the James Beard Awards, at which both Cathy Corison and Steve Matthiasson were nominated in the category of Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.

The James Beard Awards are the food ‘Oscars’ of the USA. This annual event highlights the best, upcoming and historic chefs and restaurants that shape how the dining industry evolves. The Sprites Wine and Beer Professional is someone who has also impacted the way we dine by shaping what we drink.

Steve and Cathy have never been the darlings of the Parker Point set, instead steadily carving out names for themselves in an almost understated way - by producing wines that are elegant, focused and yet still full of power and flavour.

In my previous life as a sommelier these were the type of wines that I wanted/needed to have on my wine list: good on their own and yet even better with food. When the food and wine pairings come together in such a way that they are seamless, they complement each other in both texture and flavour, creating a dining experience that can be so memorable.

These well-deserved nominations recognise the difference made by these winemakers and the influence they’ve had on sommeliers and, through their choices, consumers across the US.


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