Fine Water in an Epicurean Context

For consumers looking for a Fine Water Experience Restaurants, Sommeliers, Chefs and Mixologits provide the touch point of getting aquanted with premium waters.

Americans have recently started recognizing many food items, such as wine and olive oil, for their unique and cherished sources. Other items, like dark chocolate and salt, are currently undergoing that transition. But bottled water is still treated as a commodity lacking this terroir - the distinctive flavor determined by the local characteristics of the source.

This is a growing list of restaurants that have at least 5 different water sources on the menu to satisfy the new trend.

Water Sommeliers are on the forefront of establishing the new category of Fine Waters and educating the consumers but also the media about water.

Water is not just Water. It deserves attention like wine and food ......

Every good sommelier tells you a little story about the wine he or she is pouring you. Does it make the wine taste better? No. Does it make the wine feel more special and unique? Absolutely. The same is true for water: Sharing the story of the water its source and origin, vintage, and the location and circumstances of its bottling can contribute significantly to the overall experience. 

 

For many forward thinking chefs the idea that water influences the taste of the food cooked with it is nothing but self evident. Realizing that water is not just water but has character and terroir, these chefs start using different waters in the kitchen to prepare food.

  • In The News
  • History of Bottled Water
Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing drinks market in the world. The global market was valued at $157bn in 2013 and is expected to reach $280bn by 2020.
Water is turning into wine. The same culture that surrounds the production and consumption of wine is emerging around water. Water competitions akin to wine competitions are now held.
NY Times Science
Earth is old. The sun is old. But do you know what may be even older than both? Water.
Salt Science
Washington Post declares that unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low sodium” and “low salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.

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History Bottled Water
Ours is the blue planet, and the hallmark of life on Earth is water. But where did this colorless, odorless liquid first come from? Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that water is not native to Earth.
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History Bottled Water
This website appeared first in 2004 and the concept of considering water at the same level as wine and food as a natural product was still new and foreign to many.