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Sommelier Jenny Benzie

Café Boulud
at the Brazilian Court Hotel
301 Australian Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Tel 561.655.6060
Fax 561.655.5060

Featured Sommelier Jenny Benzie, CWE
By Jim Clarke

An interest in the sociology of winedrinking may seem an unlikely start for a sommelier, but it brought Jenny Benzie from would be grad-student to a position at Daniel Boulud’s Palm Beach outpost, Café Boulud. As a server at various restaurants, Jenny took to wine and eventually it took her to the Virgin Islands. There she began taking courses, eventually racking up certifications from a number of organizations including the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Society of Wine Educators, the International Wine Center, and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Jenny has worked in several sides of the wine industry including tasting rooms at wineries in the Willamette Valley, retail sales, and, of course, on the floor in restaurants like Michael’s in Santa Monica and the Caneel Bay Resort in the Virgin Islands.

Now, at Café Boulud, Jenny oversees a selection of about 450 bottles, focused on American and French wines but with well-picked selections from other parts of the world; the international part of the list is called the “travelogue,” hitting highlights from Spain, Austria, Italy and so on. Space is at a premium, so there’s no room for wines that don’t carry their weight in working well with the menu and adding to the diners’ experience. Jenny says their guests are quite knowledgeable and respond well to the quality wines by the glass and that half-bottles are becoming increasingly popular.

 


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        Published: February 2006

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