The Met’s Thomas Price Advances to Regional Finals of 2012 Top Sommelier Competition

Acclaimed sommelier also sitting for the Master Sommelier exam in May

SEATTLE, WA – Metropolitan Grill, Seattle’s classic, award-winning steakhouse, announced today that Head Sommelier and Spirits Educator Thomas Price is a regional finalist in the 2012 TOP|SOMM The US Sommelier Championship of the Guild of Sommeliers to identify the best sommelier in the country.

Price is one of three Seattle finalists in the West region, including James Lechner of Bastille Café and Bar and Chris Tanghe of RN74. The first round of the TOP|SOMM competition involved an 80-question online test, with eight finalists chosen from each region based on their scores.

Price, Lechner and Tanghe will compete in the regional finals on March 5 at Los Altos Country Club outside of San Francisco, with three components covering Practical, Written Theory and Blind Tasting. The top scores from each region, plus the next five highest scores will advance to the national finals in May.

Master Sommelier Examination
Additionally, Price will sit for the prestigious Master Sommelier exam in May. This invitation-only distinction is the highest honor for sommeliers and the only internationally recognized credential for the beverage sales and service fields. Only 188 individuals worldwide have successfully completed the exam since its beginnings.
For more information about the Master Sommelier program, visit and to learn about a new feature documentary that takes a look inside what is called “the test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.”
Metropolitan Grill 2012 Winemaker Dinner Series
Price and Executive Chef Eric Hellner are thrilled to announce Metropolitan Grill’s 2012 Winemaker Dinner Series. These intimate gatherings feature renowned wineries, guest winemakers and seasonal menus designed to complement the exceptional wines.
Interested guests should make reservations by contacting Allison Carter, Private Dining Coordinator, at or (206) 957-3216.
The schedule of wine dinners and special guests include:
March 22
Domaine Serene
Allan Carter, Vice President
6 pm
April 19
Buty Winery
Caleb Foster, Owner and Winemaker
6 pm
May 31
Brennon Leighton, Winemaker
6 pm
June 28
Etude Wines
Jon Priest, Winemaker/General Manager
6 pm
July 26
John Abbott, Winemaker
6 pm
August 23
Corliss Wine Estates
Andrew Trio and Griffin Frey, Winemakers
6 pm
September 20
DeLille Cellars
Chris Upchurch, Winemaker
6 pm
October 25
Betz Family Winery
Bob Betz MW, Winemaker
6 pm
About Metropolitan Grill
Metropolitan Grill has been consistently rated among the top ten steakhouses in the country. The Met is the only Seattle steakhouse offering a comprehensive, global steak program featuring USDA prime from Nebraska, American Wagyu from Snake River Farms and 100 percent Australian Wagyu from Mayura Station, all hand-selected by Executive Chef Eric Hellner. Featuring one of the largest collections of premium West Coast red wines in the world, including its own signature 100 percent Cabernet from the Walla Walla Valley, Metropolitan Grill has been recognized in Wine Spectator for the “Best of Award of Excellence.” In the heart of downtown Seattle, Metropolitan Grill is located on Second Avenue and Marion Street.  For more information, call (206) 624-3287 or visit

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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