DETAILS: Join GuildSomm and Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe for this challenging blind tasting. Open to GuildSomm members, non-members, and serious wine lovers who want to test their palates and earn more abut how to successfully bind taste. The tasting will focus on eight classic wines. Familiarity with the Court of Master Sommeliers tasting grid is helpful, but not at all required. Limited to 40 participants.
About Chris Tanghe — Chris attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and worked in restaurants all around the country including Denver, Scottsdale, Santa Barbara, and eventually Seattle. Along the way he took an interest in the service side to get a clearer picture of how restaurants operate as a whole, thus was his introduction to hospitality and a shift in his long-term focus. Having a closer interaction with the guest and creating a memorable experience through graciousness and knowledge gave him a new challenge, as well the opportunity to resume his wine studies.
Chris passed the Certified exam in 2008 while working as the Wine Director and General Manager for Crush restaurant in Seattle, followed by the Advanced exam in 2009 while Wine Director for Matt’s in the Market. In preparation for the Master’s exam, Chris spent time working with Canlis, a Seattle icon of fine dining for 64 years with a 2,400 bottle list, followed by working with Rajat Parr to open Seattle’s RN74 where he specialized in Burgundy & Bordeaux with vintages dating back to the 1940’s. During his first attempt at the MS exam in 2012, Chris passed two of three sections, service and theory, and in the following year honed his tasting skills to great success – he earned the title of Master Sommelier in May of 2013.
After achieving his MS Diploma, Chris took on an opportunity to design a new Spanish concept restaurant from the ground up focusing on Catalonian cuisine and wine. Chris hired and trained a complete front of house team and created one of the most unique wine lists in Seattle at the time. He was awarded with Food & Wine’s Sommelier of the Year award for his efforts.
Next came a move to the distribution world where he was a portfolio manager and educator for Vinum Importing servicing Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Maintaining relationships with over 300 producers, weekly staff training and inventory management were added to Chris’ skillset over the course of 2.5 years.
In his new station as Chief Instructor with GuildSomm, Chris spearheads masterclasses across the country, conduct webinars and contributes editorial content to guildsomm.com. He is ecstatic to be in a position to pay it forward to the next generation of talented sommeliers and play a prominent role in the professional community.
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