SOURCE: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

March 08, 2011 11:00 ET

Master Sommelier to Chat Live on Facebook

Luxury Hotel Brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Offers Facebook Q&A for Fans

TORONTO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Wine can be delicious, fashionable, and intimidating. That is why Fairmont Hotels & Resorts takes pride in offering restaurants that keep experts on staff to educate, inform and help guests select from among the best wines in the world. One of this luxury hotel's most famous colleagues is Joseph Linder at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle -- one of 103 Master Sommeliers in North America, and one of only 176 in the world. He is the ultimate wine expert, and Wednesday March 9, he will be available on Fairmont's Facebook page from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. EST to answer any and all questions about wine.

Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.facebook.com/fairmonthotels, or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairmonthotels). Wine novices and pros are equally welcome.

WHEN:
March 9, 2011
2 p.m. EST

WHAT:
Joseph Linder at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle will be available on Fairmont's Facebook page from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. EST (11 a.m. until 1 p.m. PST) on Wednesday, March 9 to answer questions about wine.

WHERE:
http://www.facebook.com/fairmonthotels

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts boasts a storied history of fine hotel dining, of which Joseph and The Georgian restaurant are a part. This world-class brand of luxury resorts offers Michelin-starred restaurants in Sonoma and Hamburg and features celebrity chefs in Scottsdale and Florida, while also claiming some of the world's classic restaurants and bars, including The Oak Room in Boston, The American Bar in London and The Jasmine Lounge in Shanghai. Fairmont luxury hotels and resorts worldwide bring guests the best dining experience in town, with chefs committed to creating innovative cuisine and memorable meals across the globe.

In 2008, The Court of Master Sommeliers awarded The Fairmont Olympic Hotel's Joseph Linder the internationally recognized title of Master Sommelier following the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination. Bringing more than 25 years of experience to the restaurant and wine industry, Linder is one of only four Master Sommeliers in Washington and the only one currently working for a restaurant, The Georgian.

Having worked for such prestigious establishments as the Ritz in London and Chef Joel Robuchon's restaurant Les Celebritées at the Hotel Nikko in Paris, Linder brings a uniquely international savoir-faire to The Fairmont Olympic. Priding himself on offering "the classics" along with wines that offer the finest value, Linder has enhanced The Georgian wine list to make it approachable to everyone.

The Master Sommelier diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service. Testing is focused on the areas needed for superior beverage department management, which include Tasting, Theory, Practical and Dining Room Application, and encompasses spirits, beers, cigars as well as global wine knowledge.

To join the conversation with our luxury resort hotel's newest Master Sommelier, please visit http://www.facebook.com/fairmonthotels.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Located in world-class destinations around the globe, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of hotels that includes landmark locations like London's The Savoy, New York's The Plaza, and Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel. With more than 60 hotels, Fairmont is known as much for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, as its classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also regarded for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

Become a fan of Fairmont. Join our online communities at www.everyonesanoriginal.com, www.twitter.com/fairmonthotels, and www.facebook.com/fairmonthotels. For career opportunities, visit www.facebook.com/fairmontcareers.

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