Water Sommelier

"arno steguweit is europe's only water sommelier, and a certified wine sommelier in germany. after ten years in the hospitality business, including creating europe's first water menu, arno's role focuses on how best to taste and recognise quality within different waters."

You have to give Arno credit for creating his own job category. I wonder how much business he gets. Check out his website here. [via]

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 09, 2015
     Category: Food | Jobs and Occupations

Reminds me of Penn & Teller's "Bullsh*t" show where they made up this exact job and were bringing customers water bottles filled with a hose from a spigot outside the back of the restaurant.
Posted by John S on 02/09/15 at 08:48 AM
I remember that episode & it's about as good an example of high-class snobbery & stupidity as you can get.

On the other hand... there is a natural spring not far from our house that guarantees a woman to get preggers if she drinks of it's waters. Really! It's right next to a church and nunnery, it's been there for hundreds of years, and, we KNOW that "The Church" wouldn't spread falsehoods just to increase income.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/09/15 at 09:47 AM
Any time someone puts the words "smart" and whatever together, your B.S. detector should be pegged.

The same goes for someone who has an aversion to using capital letters for proper names and beginning of sentences.
Posted by KDP on 02/09/15 at 10:30 AM
I recall an old joke about a sommelier. The punch line is all you really need to get:
"Your horse has diabetes."
Posted by tadchem on 02/09/15 at 02:18 PM
I've never drank bottled water or had a coffee etc. from Starbucks. Any little disposable cash goes to hookers and whiskey. 😕
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 02/09/15 at 05:20 PM
I wonder what he would say of Everglades water. Taken from the right areas it is very, very pure. But most water is just plain and simple water. It's all in the name and that's where the profit comes from.

I would find it dangerous to the church to have a spring that makes women pregnant near a convent. It might promote "virgin" births and create competition for the original Jesus.
Posted by Gator Guy on 02/09/15 at 06:07 PM
We have a restaurant here in Philly that has it's own water menu - I want to know who pays $50 for a bottle of water! :lol:

Posted by Dave on 02/10/15 at 08:14 AM
I don't know the guys name, Dave, but Ben Franklin singled him out for ridicule.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/10/15 at 09:58 AM
While I agree that this is ridiculous, all water is NOT created equal. Try the water in the northern parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. UGH! It is so metallic tasting that it hurts my dental fillings. All that iron ore in the ground definitely affects the water. It will also give a pinkish hue to your white laundry after a while. Maybe they've improved the processing techniques in recent years to remove that taste, but it used to be absolutely foul.
Posted by ScoutC on 02/10/15 at 12:15 PM
Is it me or did Glacéau pay a sackful of money to this sommelier? I tried it once, and then I tried "St. Laurent River" from "My Tap in the Kitchen" and it tasted the same. Some bottled water do taste different, though, like Perrier with its high calcium content.
I remember the joke about the diabetic horse. It began with "During Prohibition, when we wanted to buy a case of whiskey, we would first send a sample to a pharmacist for analysis without mentioning what it was."
Posted by Yudith on 02/10/15 at 12:58 PM
I agree, Scout, waters are different. My dad drilled a 110ft well by our new house and hit some of the purest H20 in the neighborhood. The water on the west end of Jacksonville, FL is so sulphurous that it stinks! Then, once in Scotland we ran into some 'peat water' that was brown and crunchy but still potable. (at least I'm still here to tell about it)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/10/15 at 01:02 PM
I keep a case of Lifestraws on hand for an emergency. With them you can drink even the nastiest water as long as it's fresh.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 02/10/15 at 04:06 PM
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