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March 2013

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MEET THE SOMM Bretton Lammi POLISHED WITHOUT PRETENSE IN THE HEART OF THE LAS VEGAS STRIP photos by Sharon Sampsel I Bretton Lammi, Resort Sommelier at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. 72 / the tasting panel / march 2013 n his role as Resort Sommelier for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Bretton Lammi has elevated the wine experience of patrons of one The Strip���s newest and hottest properties. Opening its doors to the public on December 15, 2010, The Cosmopolitan has remained a much talked-about resort and features 2,995 rooms; a 75,000-square-foot casino; 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space (including Scott Conant���s Scarpetta and Jos�� Andr��s �� by Jos�� Andr��s); a 40,000-square-foot spa and itness facility; an 1,800-seat theater; and 150,000 square feet of meeting/convention space. Lammi began his career at The Iron Horse Inn in Cincinnati in 1998. Soon after he was hired, the restaurant���s sommelier left, and Lammi eagerly accepted the position. During this time, he began a near ten-year tenure as a wine judge for The Cincinnati International Wine Festival as well. Looking to further expand his wine knowledge, Lammi left The Iron Horse Inn for Wine Trends, Inc., a distribution company. In this role, he forged relationships with local restaurants and retail wine outlets, and ultimately opened Glendale Wines, his own wine store in Cincinnati. In 2006 he joined Mesh, a contemporaryAmerican restaurant, also in Cincinnati, as its sommelier, creating the restaurant���s wine list and suggested pairings. Simultaneously, he took on a four-year staff position at The Cincinnati Enquirer as a wine columnist. After two years at Mesh, Lammi joined Eddie Merlot���s Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Restaurant as Corporate Beverage Director for all six locations. During his tenure, all of the restaurants earned The Wine Enthusiast���s Award of Distinction while the Cincinnati location, Lammi���s headquarters, received the magazine���s more prestigious Award of Unique Distinction.

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