In this month's tasting episode, MS Christopher Tanghe sits down with MS Mia Van de Water to discuss her approach to blind tasting, why it’s an important skill to hone as a beverage professional, and how she overcame her own "blind" spots. Learn more about Mia in the bio below and by listening to this great conversation.
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Mia Van de Water is the head of beverage operations at Cote Korean Steakhouse, with locations in NYC and Miami. Previously, she spent nine years working at Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, at Union Square Cafe and North End Grill; in 2017, she joined the sommelier team at the three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. Mia has worked at Cote since 2020.
Mia passed the CMS Advanced Exam in 2014 with the highest score, earning the Rudd Scholarship and Johnston Medal. She was one of Food & Wine's Sommeliers of the Year in 2016. In 2018, she became a Master Sommelier. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, and the United Sommelier Foundation.
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Learn more about the Cote Wine Club, curated by Mia and Cote Beverage Director Victoria James.
Very well done. Would be cool to taste some wines together
This was an awesome podcast! I’m excited to explore the differences between CB in Anjou and Touraine.