We chat with sommelier Chevonne Ball, judge of SOMMTV’s new reality show, Sparklers | Feast and Field: Food Begins in the Field

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Just in time for Feast and Field’s Sparkling Wine issue, we discovered a fabulous new reality contest on SOMMTV, a streaming service dedicated to the worlds of wine, food, travel and hospitality.

“Sparklers” pits five wine professionals against each other in the kitchen while showcasing the sparkling wine. (And, yes, we’re a bit of a junkie.) We chatted with the sommelier and founder of Dirty Radish, Chevonne Ball (one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40s in 2020), the guest judge for the December 28 episode, which aptly features one of our new favorite finds, Faire Le Fete.

My dear friend and “Sparklers” candidate, Maryam Ahmed, put me in touch with the producers. It was an easy yes for me to participate!

It was shot in the gorgeous AtTheJoy house in the even more breathtaking hills of Eola-Amity, which is one of my favorite Willamette Valley sub-AVAs. (I made Gamay Noir from there in 2020, still a few bottles available!) It is known for the constant winds of the Van Duzer Corridor, which make the wines of this region bold and beautiful. I was definitely surprised at the secret ingredient they had to use but now I’m a fan! (Sorry, no spoils!)

If you haven’t noticed already, they took this competition very seriously. I was very impressed with the dishes each of them offered. The details and ideas were really top notch.

As this episode airs just before NYE, what are your tips for serving sparkling drinks in NYE? Any tips and tricks that will appeal to the public?

“Sparklers” airs on SOMMTV every Tuesday. Watch the trailer HERE.


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