Guest Speaker

Mollie Battenhouse

Appearances at The Summit Wine & Food 2013:

The Sommelier Summit Competition Lunch (Sunday, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) Sommeliers not only posses extensive knowledge about food pairings, but they must also know about viticulture, winemaking, proper storage and service,
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Mollie Battenhouse began her culinary and wine career in the kitchens of Atlanta and New Orleans, which led to her attending the Culinary Institute of America, where she graduated in 1997. After cooking in New York at Payard Patisserie & Bistro and Pondicherry, Mollie found her niche in wine, at Best Cellars, under the tutelage of Joshua Wesson. During her 8 year tenure there, she covered the positions of store manager, educator and wine director.

Mollie then moved to Tribeca Grill, where she worked as head sommelier under Wine Director David Gordon. Here, she helped shape a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine list, tasting, selecting, and sourcing many incredible wines. Mollie also planned and managed a series of monthly wine education seminars for the service and bar staff, as well as coordinating and leading wine dinners for up to 120 guests.

Mollie holds the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Advanced Certificate with distinction, and earned the WSET diploma in 2002. She is a candidate for the Master of Wine; having passed the two of the three required examinations, and is currently writing her dissertation. Mollie is also an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and will be sitting for the Master Sommelier exam.

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