One Mandan native has one unique occupation. Reporter Sarah Gustin brings us the story of making wine a full-time job. (Dana Farner / Wine Expert) Sometimes I just stand there and go what I am I doing, where I am this is insane. Dana Farner grew up in Mandan, and is now a sommelier, better known as a wine expert, for CUT Sidebar by Wolfgang Puck in Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel. You might not recognize the name, but it is the hotel featured in the movie Pretty Woman. Farner shared her wine expertise with North Dakota farm women at Farm Credit Services Annual Farm Women’s Forum. The theme a taste of something different was the perfect fit for this guest speaker. (Dana Farner / Wine Expert) I was tasting wines from fifty years ago, one hundred years ago. Bottles that are pricless. In one day she’ll taste more than 100 different varities of wine. Her wine list has over 375 different wines to chose from. And many of the wines she deals with aren’t the cheap kind. (Dana Farner / Wine Expert) I am sure over 20,000 dollars a bottle. Some of Farner’s customers include Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa just to name a few. Farner says it is fun and exciting, but she also says dealing with celebrities isn’t all glamour. (Dana Farner / Wine Expert) It’s very high pressue because those people have dined in the best restaurants in the world. They have very high expectations. and you need to meet them every moment. Bon Appetit magazine calls Farner one of the best around. Reporting for KX News, I am Sarah Gustin. This is Farm Credit’s 15th Annual Women’s Farm Forum. Farm Credit says this is the largest crowd they’ve ever had and they credit the speaker and topic for the great turnout.
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