The folks at Jackson Family Wines are sending TWO prominent Master Sommeliers and a Master of Wine to The Houstonian this fall for a Sommelier Smack Down! This lively wine dinner will be held at Manor House on Tuesday, October 18.
Master Sommeliers Larry O’Brien and Sur Lucero, along with Master of Wine Mollie Battenhouse, will pair Jackson Family Wines with elegant courses by Executive Chef Neal Cox, Manor House Chef Roland Soza, Sous Chef Jeff Boudreaux and Pastry Chef Catherine Rodriguez.
The cool part is dinner guests get to play an interactive role- sharing notes and cheering for the sommeliers to determine the best pairings.
The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by a four-course dinner ($150++ per person). More on each of the three esteemed guests below. Only 50 tickets will be sold!
For those who would like to stay the night, the Houstonian Hotel is offering a special add-on rate of $229++ for a king or double room. Reservations by calling 713-685-6713.
Larry represented the United States in the prestigious international sommelier competition Meilleur Sommelier du Monde Concours Mondial in 2000 after winning the title of Best Sommelier in America earlier that same year.
Sur Lucero developed his comprehension of food and wine at The French Laundry for seven years. In 2012, Lucero was honored by the Court Master Sommelier’s for being the organization’s fourteenth Krug Cup recipient. This honor means that Lucero was the highest scoring person, who passed all three sections of the exam, on his first attempt.
As a sommelier, Mollie Battenhouse worked at the Tribeca Grill, where she helped shape a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine list of over 1800 bottles, requiring the maintenance of a 35,000-bottle cellar. According to Wine & Spirits magazine, there are only 340 people in the world who can tack “MW” on the end of their name.