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[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t can be intimidating to talk to a sommelier during dinner. Decked in suit and tie, some can be particularly verbose when it comes to describing wine, and forget to trim the technicality from their spiels for customers less familiar with the verbage. This enthusiasm can be misconstrued as “snootiness”. That misconception is what “The Flying Sommeliers” hope to clear up.

Comprising four leading sommeliers in Singapore’s food scene, the group has organised a series of five fund-raising wine dinners at some stellar dining establishments over a month-long period. To inject levity into the experience, they’ll be dropping the starched outfit for super-villain costumes, playing characters from sci-fi film franchise Star Wars.

Not your everyday sommelier.

Amir Solay, one of the original founding trio, said: “We wanted to debunk the myth that Sommeliers are snooty and only concerned about making money. There are up to 30 seats this year per dinner and we are hoping to sell all of them and raise at least SGD $6000 through both the dinners and the auctions.” The intended beneficiary is the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and funds raised from the silent auctions concluding each dinner (as well as 10% of the restaurants’ takings) will go towards the organisation.

Acclaimed sommeliers Mohamad Fazil, Michael Leitner and Gerald Lu are on board as well. Take it from us, these are gentlemen who have not only mastered their wine knowledge, but are experts in the art of merrymaking as well.

Dinner #1: Salted & Hung

8th May 2017, Monday
12 Purvis St, S188591
7pm – 10.30pm
Price: $168++ per head

Dinner #2: Pollen Terrace

30th May 2017, Tuesday
18 Marina Gardens Dr
#01-09, Flower Dome, S018953
7pm – 10.30pm
Price: $168++ per head

Dinner #3: Praelum Wine Bistro

12th June 2017 Monday
4 Duxton Hill, S089590
7pm – 10.30pm
Price: $168++ per head

Dinner #4: Salt Tapas & Bar by Luke Mangan

252 North Bridge Road
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre S(179103)
7pm – 10.30pm
Price: $168++ per head

Dinner #5: Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan

61 Tras St S(079000)
7pm – 10.30pm
Price: $228++ per head

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