Water Sommelier Hosts $50 Tastings. Bathroom Breaks Included

on 03/03/15 at 10:37 am

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10363816_885419418153817_6253459693414806835_n-640x385A water sommelier wants people to give as much thought to their choice of water as they would a bottle of wine, and is hoping that a $50 water tasting will convince them.

Martin Riese, America’s only water sommelier, received his certification from the German Mineral Water Trade Association in 2009, shortly after he published his book Die Welt des Wassers, The World of Water.

The German-born sommelier has been spreading the word about water ever since, believing each bottle to have a distinct taste determined by its terroir, much in the same way as wine.

His first water menu launched at First Floor restaurant in Berlin in 2006. Now based in Los Angeles, California, Riese curates a 20-item water menu at Ray’s & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with selections ranging from $8 to $20 per bottle. Its sister restaurant, Patina, now offers water tastings at $50 per person.

Water 101 is aimed at giving participants get to know about water in an “informative, engaging and interactive atmosphere”, according to a flyer for the event. The class covers the fundamentals of water and a tasting of five “dramatically different waters” accompanied by an artisanal cheese selection.

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