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Raise a glass to Sacramento’s newest advanced sommelier, Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou

On July 12, Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou became the third Sacramentan to achieve the coveted and arduous Advanced Sommelier level as awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers, which was established in 1977 to elevate beverage standards in the dining industry. Mandalou, who is the first local woman to achieve the level, joins the rarified ranks of her mentors—and study partners—Jeremy Reed of Ella and Keith Fergel of Taylor’s Kitchen, both of whom will sit for the even more daunting Master Sommelier exam later this month (the exam is so famously difficult that a film called Somm was made about it in 2013). Not all wine authorities opt to go the certification route, of course, but a growing cadre of local experts are attempting to achieve this prestigious distinction.

Mandalou first honed her craft working under Reed at Ella, and she is co-owner of Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen with her husband Deneb Williams, former executive chef at The Firehouse. The couple’s third restaurant, Allora, will open in East Sacramento by early 2018 with a wine-centric seafood menu.

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