There are currently 94 Master Sommeliers in the U.S., but only one them could be the first and that’s Eddie Osterland. This wine pioneer will be the guest speaker at the Las Vegas Hospitality Association luncheon where he’ll talk about how he went from being a psychology major from New Jersey to Master Sommelier.
Osterland is French-trained and graduated in 1975 from the University of Bordeaux France with a degree of professional taster (D.U.A.D-Diplôme Universitaire D'Aptitude A la Dégustation Des Vins). A quick look at his resume shows such achievements as Master Sommelier, Guild of Sommeliers, London England, Director of Trade Education for the International Wine Center in New York, author of the "Wine & the Bottom Line" written for the National Restaurant Association, and chosen by Esquire magazine to do their "Wine Advisor Video."
The lunch, speaker and wine tasting event will take place Thursday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Smith and Wollensky on the Las Vegas Strip, opposite the Monte Carlo. Cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members.