Learn to taste wine like an expert, led by Eleven Madison Park sommelier team member and certified Master Sommelier Mia Van de Water.
Battle of the Somms is part wine class, part blind tasting, part gameshow, and 100% entertaining. It's exactly what you need after months of being cooped up at home.
Each week, we explore a key topic in wine tasting (acidity, oak, etc). Our host, Mia, guides you through what this feature tastes like and why it matters, with support from two expert guests – sommeliers from top restaurants, wine program directors at leading bars, and other masters of the vine.
After practicing, you'll get to test your skills with two Battle Wines. Once the audience has its say, our two expert guest hosts go head-to-head, blind tasting the same wines for your entertainment and education (but mostly entertainment). Can the amateurs beat the experts? Can the experts make enough amusingly snarky remarks about each other’s mistakes? There’s only one way to know for sure…
Think you have what it takes to taste wine like a pro? Come find out, at Battle of the Somms!
Each ticket includes a tasting kit with four unlabeled 4oz servings of wine and a $25 credit toward your favorite bottle from the tasting – plus a 10% discount on that bottle and any additional purchases! – at a top NYC wine shop. Shipping is available anywhere wine can be shipped.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON SHIPPING:
- Participants in NYC: If you would like your tasting kit shipped to you, please purchase your ticket by the Friday preceding the show.
- NYC participants may also choose to pick up their order in person in Brooklyn (Boerum Hill) on the Saturday preceding the show. If you would like to pick up in person, please enter the discount code "In Person Pickup" at checkout. This will waive shipping costs. Note that while your order will still include shipping information, we will not ship your order to you if you enter this discount code.
- Participants outside NYC: Please purchase your ticket by the Monday preceding the show in order to ensure that your tasting kit arrives on time.
Attendance is capped at 20 participants in order to ensure that everyone has a real chance to participate and be part of the conversation.
If you’re the type who prefers to just watch, that option is also available through our Spectator tickets. For a steeply discounted price, you can watch the episode live, learn about the day’s topic, and watch the epic battle between our expert co-hosts. Spectators do not receive tasting kits.
Mia Van de Water earned her Master Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers in the Americas in 2018. She is part of the sommelier team at Eleven Madison Park, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Manhattan and World’s Best Restaurant 2017.
In 2014, Mia passed the Court of Master Sommelier’s Advanced Exam with the highest score of the year, earning a Rudd Scholarship and the Johnston Medal. In 2015, Mia represented the United States at the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs Jeune Sommelier Competition International Final after placing second in the American national finals. In 2016, Mia was named one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year.
Despite what the Battle of the Somms poster may lead you to believe, she does not own any Napoleon hats.
All shows are at 7pm Eastern unless otherwise noted.
June 21 – Is there new oak on this wine, or is it just super ripe?
July 12 – How high is the acid in this wine?
July 24 (Friday; 8:30pm) – Savory v. Fruity
Aug 9 – Pinpointing different fruit conditions
Aug 21 (Friday; 8:30pm) – Identifying pyrazine (a.k.a green flavors)
Sep 6 – Is this wine aromatic or is it just Noble Rot?