Somm Special Screenings

Somm is a new feature documentary chronicling one of the hardest exams in the world. Several Chicago area partners are working to help us present a fantastic series of screenings paired with discussion and sometimes wine.

Starting June 14th the Music Box Theatre will screen Somm. The film takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into a world of obsession, hope, and friendship in red, blanc and sometimes rose.

Below is a list of the special events that will accompany this film. Please check back regularly for updates as more are added.

Friday, June 14, 7:00pm

6:30pm doors, 7:00pm show, discussion 8:30-9:15pm
This screening is hosted by City Winery. Rachel Driver Speckan, Beverage Director of City Winery, will lead an educational discussion including a blind taste test of three different City Winery wines following the film. Put your nose and taste buds to the test! Beringer Wines will provide a complimentary glass of wine during the film. This special event ticket is $20.

Saturday, June 15th, 7:00pm

6:30pm doors, 7:00pm show, discussion 8:30-9:15pm
This screening is hosted by City Winery. Rachel Driver Speckan, Beverage Director of City Winery, will lead an educational discussion including a blind taste test of three different City Winery wines following the film. Put your nose and taste buds to the test! Beringer Wines will provide a complimentary glass of wine during the film. This special event ticket is $20.

Sunday, June 16th, 7:00pm

6:30 doors, 7:00pm show, discussion 8:30-9:15pm
This screening is hosted by Joe Spellman, MS. He will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. Justin Vineyards will provide a complimentary glass of wine during the film. Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery. He has worked with wine since 1979, principally as a sommelier, in Chicago’s top restaurant cellars, including Tango, Maxim’s, The Pump Room, The Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s. This special event ticket is $20.

Monday, June 17th, 5:00pm

4:30pm doors, 5:00pm show, discussion 6:30-7:00pm
This screening is hosted by Serafin Alvarado, MS – Southern Wine & Spirits. He will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. Constellation Wines will be pouring SIMI wine as a complimentary glass of wine during the film. This special event ticket is $20.

Tuesday, June 18th, 7:00pm

6:30 doors, 7:00pm show, discussion 8:30-9:15pm
This screening is hosted by Alpana Singh MS. She will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. Alpana has served as the host of the Emmy Award-winning restaurant review television show Check, Please!, which airs weekly in Chicago on the PBS station WTTW Channel 11. She also appears frequently on the station’s nightly news program, Chicago Tonight, where she answers viewer questions regarding wine and spirits in her segment Ask Alpana. Beringer Wines will provide a complimentary glass of wine during the film. This special event ticket is $20.

Thursday, June 20th, 7:30pm

7:00 doors, 7:30pm show, discussion 9:00-9:20pm
This screening is hosted by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. A representative will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The concept was unique. They would create a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with their own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in their own private winery. With sophisticated food and exceptional wines. Cooper’s Hawk Wines will provide a complimentary glass of wine during the film. This special event ticket is $20.

Somm

directed by Jason Wise starring Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble in English

Somm takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into a world of obsession, hope, and friendship in red, blanc and sometimes rose.

With unprecedented access, Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam.

Those who have passed have put at risk their personal lives, their well-being, and often their sanity to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now.

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