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Discover Sommelier de Sedona

by John Gult

Early evening, digressing in a plush meadow green arm-chair, a local real estate agent sits, sipping a delicious wine, awaiting friends to join in an evening of wine tasting. Instead of gathering for happy hour cocktails, they’re at Sommelier de Sedona, a newly opened Wine Bar and Cellar tucked away at the “new” Old Market Place in the heart of Red Rock Country in West Sedona.

Only steps away, a young woman and several of her girlfriends are lounging at the custom built Alligator Juniper bar. They select a glass of Muller-Catoir 1998. Telling from their smiles they are pleased.

“I selected the wine because of the name “Muller,” said Sara Mueller, “And to my amazement, it tastes like biting into a Mango. My favorite fruit ... delicious.” The ladies laugh ... delighted.

Owner, James V. Monaci laughs with a “wine of a smile.” “There is a named wine for everyone, said Monaci. For instance, there is a Katherine’s Chardonnay from Cambria, Laura’s Chardonnay from Hartford Court, Maddalena from the Riboli Family Vineyards, Matthews’ I 10% Meritage, Lokoya, and Grace from Camaraderie Cellars. There is even a wine in reference to God called Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon.

So what is it about Sommelier de Sedona? Sommelier is a gathering place where people are invited to sit back, digress, converse, and learn about wines in a cozy atmosphere, said Monaci. Sommelier offers the opportunity to learn about different styles of wines (and ales and lagers) where most restaurants and bars may not offer that opportunity.

The Wine List at Sommelier de Sedona offers 68 Wines by the glass (from $4 to $32), Wine Flights featuring specific vineyards and varitals, 68 ales and lagers, and over 250 wine bottlings, both Old World and New World. These bottlings are all for sale for enjoyment at the bar or at  one’s home.

Sommelier is part of a growing scene of Wine Bars popping up across the nation, combining decor and atmosphere with unique bottlings, and a lively social experience with wine knowledge and education. The Wine Bar furnishings offer a comfortable, warm, and causal atmosphere with wood accents of stacked aspen, a custom built bar, milled out of an Alligator Juniper tree (maybe the oldest bar in Arizona, dating back more than 2000 years), a den named the “Syrah Room” (what will be will be), an outdoor-feel dining room, lime-stone framed double-door entry to the temperature controlled wine cellar with wines for sale, sofa couches and arm-chairs to “still” in, and Tuscany earth tones to smooth your wine experience. All a welcoming touch!

You’ll enjoy a wine experience not to be forgotten!

So stop waiting!... Cork and discover Sommelier de Sedona, A Wine Bar and Cellar. Monaci proclaims, “This discovery is the excitement and celebration of the united tastes of wine that will introduce a new world of experience and flavors. Scoperta!”

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