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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Here's an exclusive preview of Somm, the new documentary from first-time director Jason Wise that chronicles four sommeliers' efforts to pass the extremely challenging Master Sommelier Exam. The film focuses on exam hopefuls Brian McClintic (Caveau Wine Bar, Santa Barbara), DLynn Proctor (Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador), Dustin Wilson (Eleven Madison Park, New York City), and Ian Cauble (United States Ambassador to Krug Champagne). Wise tells Eater the film is less about wine, and more about "the people that drink it and the people that suffer with it and the people that love it."

In the preview below, the four sommeliers find themselves being tasked with a rapid fire assessment of an unknown white wine. They must go through the "tasting grid" to identify the wine, and the guys find flavors like "grapefruit pith" and "lanolin." While this tasting doesn't end in tears, it's a great look into how hard it is to "get the wine right." Somm has begun trickling out to theaters (here's the full schedule), and lands on iTunes tomorrow. Below, the preview:

Video: Somm Preview

· All Somm Coverage on Eater [-E-]