water sommelierMartin Riese is a water sommelier, which, despite what your brain might be telling you right now, is a real thing.

It perhaps tastes a little sweeter if you’re dying of thirst or have spent a week without it in the Namib desert, but can water be tasted like a fine wine?

Riese is perhaps the most well known of a very small pool of water sommeliers around the world who have made a profession of tasting, analyzing, judging, and ultimately spreading the good word about the many different flavors of water our tastebuds have been missing out on.

This film, follows Martin from his home at the Patina Restaurant in Los Angeles to the first of its kind water competition and trade show in Guangzhou, China.

Fascinating stuff.

People who say that ‘water is just water’ are delusional. There definitely are different tastes when it comes to water – so it stands to reason that there would be such a thing as a water sommelier.