Alibi V.17 No.48 • Nov 27-Dec 3, 2008 
Michael Cooperman, director of education for Southern Wine and Spirits, evaluates the new Prairie Star Wine Bar, which opened in late October on Santa Ana Pueblo.

Chewing the Fat

Redefining "Sommelier"

Michael Cooperman's genteel approach to demystifying wine

There's much about wine that's open to satire, but no aspect of the industry is more caricatured than the sommelier. Wine experts have always been humorously depicted in popular culture as being erudite and intimidating in their patronizing indifference toward non-experts. The classic depiction of a wine steward is a tall, thin foreigner who belittles you for your lack of politesse.

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Sip

Day Tripping

When it comes to vino, New Mexico has been in the ball game since 1629, when the first vines were planted in Socorro. This was years before the first Napa plantings were even a thought. Before you go jetting off to California’s wine country for your next tasting, investigate the ultra-hip regional wine destinations in your own backyard.

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