Why does one become a sommelier? What is take to be a great sommelier? Find out on this week's episode of In The Drink, as host Joe Campanale is joined by Michael Madrigale, Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud. Michael tells the story of how he ended up in the world of wine and how he's developed his palate and knowledge base over the years. Hear him wax poetic on Beaujolais, Greek wines, blind tasting techniques and front of house service as he gives listeners an inside look at the life of a sommelier. This show was sponsored by Fairway Market.


"When you want a red wine that's fresh, aromatic, delicious and easy to drink you want Burgundy - but it's priced out of our price range now. So you go for the next best thing - [Beaujolais] - the wine version of methadone." [5:28]

"The only way to taste all the great wines if you're not a billionaire is to become a sommelier." [13:50]

--Michael Madrigale, Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud