Michael Jordan, Host of CRN Digital Talk Radio's 'What's Cookin' On Wine' Earns Internationally Recognized Title of Master Sommelier

Nov 20, 2007, 00:00 ET from CRN Digital Talk Radio

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CRN Digital Talk Radio (CRN) today
 announced that veteran Restaurateur and Co-Host of CRN's "What's Cookin' On
 Wine," Michael Jordan has earned the internationally recognized title of
 Master Sommelier following the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam which was
 hosted by The Dorchester and The Capital Hotel in London, England and held
 November 2-3, 2007. "What's Cookin' On Wine" airs live from the Napa Rose
 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, California on Fridays
 at 6:00 p.m. PT on CRN 1. Jordan is the General Manager of the Napa Rose
 and serves as the Wine Educator for the Disneyland Resort. This distinction
 makes Jordan the only Master Sommelier on radio in Southern California.
     "Michael is one of my mentors in the world of food and wine," said
 Michael J. Horn, Sommelier and CRN's founder/CEO. "We are honored to have
 the opportunity to share in this landmark occasion in his career." Horn
 also serves as Co-Host of "The What's Cookin' Show" and "What's Cookin' On
 Wine." Horn was trained as a certified Sommelier by Jordan and considers
 him one of the world's greatest wine educators. "The What's Cookin' Show"
 airs weekdays at 8:00 a.m. PT.
     Sixteen candidates from seven countries, including the United Kingdom,
 United States, New Zealand, Austria, Italy and Germany, participated in the
 November 2-3 exam which was administered in three sections: Theory,
 Tasting, and Practical Service. Passing scores in each of the three
 sections are required to earn the Master Sommelier Diploma. There are 87
 professionals who hold the title Master Sommelier in North America. Of
 those 73 are men and 14 are women. There are 158 professionals worldwide
 who have earned the title Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier
 Diploma Exam given in London in 1969. The Court of Master Sommeliers was
 established in England in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage
 knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. The first Master Sommelier
 Diploma Exam to be held in the US was not until 1987. The title Master
 Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge,
 beverage service abilities, and professionalism in the hospitality trade.
     Jordan stated: "What an honor it was to be able to sit the final part
 of the exam in London where the Court was originally created. There was
 such an immense sense of history and tradition. It was staggering! It is my
 great honor to now be a member of the Court and to be one of only 87 North
 Americans in 38 years to receive this prestigious diploma!" With more than
 thirty-five years of restaurant experience, Jordan has received numerous
 awards such as being named "2001 Sommelier of the Year" by The California
 Restaurant Writers Association and the Starwine Award's "2006 Wine Educator
 of the Year."
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