Saturday, February 6, 2016

Savona's Monosoff is a master sommelier

She's been after the title for eight years.

Savona's Monosoff is a master sommelier

Melissa Monosoff. (Photo: BARBARA L. JOHNSTON)
Melissa Monosoff. (Photo: BARBARA L. JOHNSTON)

Big cheers to Melissa Monosoff, sommelier at Savona in Gulph Mills, who is feeling giddy now, the day after she was named only the 15th female master sommelier in the United States.

Yes, it was the wine, she confided by phone from Napa, Calif.

The Court of Master Sommeliers puts candidates through a grueling series of exams.

Monosoff, 35, started her first “level” in 2002. In one 25-minute exam, she had to identify six wines by grape, region, appellation, and vintage.

Asked about her favorite, she likened it to choosing a child: “Champagne, for sure, and northern Italian reds. And beer. I love beer.”

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