Even the most seasoned wine aficionados can often find themselves at odds when flipping the pages of a lengthy wine list. Rather than simply relying on the old adage (you know, that reds pair best with red meats while whites best accompany white meats) why not open your mind, cleanse your palate, and sip your way though the vast array of savory varietals.
In an effort to help heighten the wine tasting experience for its guests, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has introduced its Wine Ambassador Program. With its volunteer cadre of wine experts, the new Wine Ambassador Program is now being offered throughout 45 locations worldwide, essentially transforming each participating property into a luxury wine destination.
Each Wine Ambassador must complete two certificate programs, as well as The Academy of Wine online curriculum that was custom developed for JW Marriot Hotels & Resorts by Constellation Wines, one of the world's leading wine companies. The special curriculum covers everything from opening, serving and pairing wine to in-depth overviews of varietal characteristics and appellations. In addition to the initial training, each ambassador is required to participate in monthly tastings across the globe so that they are better equipped to share their knowledge with their peers.
By combining live tastings, written materials, online educational resources and the timely sharing of tasting notes, the program is designed to offer a high level of wine-service excellence throughout the JW Marriott portfolio,” according to a statement by Marriott’s vice president for restaurants & bars.
“Through this dynamic, cross-cultural approach, our Wine Ambassadors either personally experience or have access to the evaluations of upwards of 140 different wines each month, enabling them to confidently discuss different wines with our guests," says Trope.
While JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has always been synonymous with luxury, the launch of The Wine Ambassador Program has indeed elevated the brand by offering an unprecedented level of sophistication. After all, what more could you ask for than luxury accommodations, award-winning cuisine, five-star amenities, and of course, world-class wine?