Austin’s June Rodil becomes 7th Texas master sommelier

McGuire Moorman Hospitality's June Rodil recently became Austin's third master sommelier, a rare accomplishment in the wine world.
McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s June Rodil recently became Austin’s third master sommelier, a rare accomplishment in the wine world.

It’s extremely difficult to become a master sommelier, the highest ranking of wine specialist that exists. In Austin, only two sommeliers had reached that echelon until McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s beverage director, June Rodil, joined their ranks yesterday.

Rodil, who handles the drinks side of the local hospitality group’s spate of restaurants, including Lamberts, Perla’s, Jeffrey’s and more, joins Whole Foods’ Devon Broglie and ELM Restaurant Group’s Craig Collins as Austin’s three master sommeliers, providing their sophisticated wine knowledge and palates to their respective beverage programs. Both men became master sommeliers in 2011.

The trio belongs to a similarly small group of master sommeliers, totaling 7, in the state of Texas as a whole. That’s in part because reaching that level of wine professional is hard to do. The Master

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977 as a way of improving the standards of beverage service in hotels and restaurants, implementing levels of specialization that people in the industry can reach, and master sommelier is the highest.

Author: Arianna Auber

Arianna Auber writes in-depth news about beer, wine and spirits for Liquid Austin and keeps readers in the know about fun local events with the Planner.

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