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SMITH: Wine documentary is music to Santa Rosa High alum's ears

Brian Carmody has already seen "SOMM," the highly anticipated wine sommelier documentary — perhaps more times than anyone else on earth.

Even so, you can believe the 1992 Santa Rosa high alum will be front and center at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Wednesday for the red-carpet premiere.

Carmody, who earlier this year earned a doctorate in several aspects of music and music-education at USC, was performing in a Beverly Hills club with his jazz trio when a patron named Jason Wise approached.

Wise was making a film in need of a score, and he liked Carmody's music. Soon, Carmody, who's 38, was tasked with writing a virtually start-to-finish soundtrack that blends classical and jazz.

"It was a bit daunting at times," admits the son of veteran music teachers Bill and Mary Jo Carmody. "I really had to dig into my creativity to do justice to both sides of the fence."

Naturally, the project required that he become intimately familiar with "SOMM," which tells the stories of four sommeliers striving to pass one of world's toughest tests, the Master Sommelier, or MS exam.

"I've seen it probably, a conservative estimate, 40 times," said Carmody, who'll attend Wednesday's debut in Napa with several proud and eager members of his musical clan.

"I know every word of that film and every shot. I can say it's really a great piece of work."

&‘PICKING' GEORGETOWN: TV's "American Pickers" were out at the late George Smith's private old-west town and museum of Hollywood memorabilia the other day, mining for treasure.


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