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Sommelier Articles

To deepen their appreciation of this age-old elixir, wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts are turning to wine tasting classes. You’ll get to refine your palate, learn about different wine varietals, and learn about the world of wine in these classes led by industry experts and sommeliers.I’ve seen firsthand how wine education is growing as a wine […]

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It All Starts With a BoycottWe earned the wrath of many sommeliers when we wrote the article “Time to Boycott the Court?” At the time, the CMS-A had been caught in a wide range of unethical/sexist/racist scandals, and we felt it was time to call them to account. We also criticized the Court for being […]

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The SOMM Mission
04 December

SOMM is an independent board that plays a crucial role in the wine education industry. They review professional certifications in the wine trade and develop and analyze wine education protocols for the United States. This includes analysis of offerings from prominent organizations such as the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirit Education […]

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Sommelier Courses and Education LevelsThere are four major sommelier courses available in the United States. Choosing the right one is an important first step. This article breaks down everything you need to know about your options. Of the four, WSET and NWS offer more of the classroom experience, with regularly scheduled weekly classes that culminate […]

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The Rise of Online Wine CoursesIn an age where online education is steadily becoming the norm, the sphere of wine education too, has gracefully adapted to this digital metamorphosis. Before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, online sommelier courses were relatively obscure in the grand tapestry of wine education. However, as the pandemic dramatically altered […]

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In a digital age where learning can be done in the comfort of one’s home, online sommelier courses have seen a surge in enrollment. These programs offer wine enthusiasts and aspiring sommeliers a chance to deepen their understanding of wine varieties, tasting techniques, and the wine industry at large. Among the top contenders in providing […]

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Over several weeks, I had multiple conversations with an AI on how it would create the perfect robot sommelier. This essay is a collaboration between it and myself. Various industries are being redefined by artificial intelligence in a world driven by technological advancements. The ability of AI to process and aggregate vast amounts of data […]

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IntroductionIn the world of wine, sommeliers are the gatekeepers of taste, with their expert knowledge and finely tuned palates shaping what we sip and savor. But how are these wine professionals trained, certified, and evaluated? SOMM, a leading authority on sommelier education, has released its annual review of sommelier education with insights from top sommeliers, […]

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Thanks to everyone for participating. The annual survey is now complete. To review the results, please go here: https://somm.us/sommelier-education-2023/Dear Judges,We appreciate your contribution to the world of wine education. The annual survey will take less than 6 minutes. However, your input is invaluable to us and our readership. We will send you the results of […]

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Have you ever had a loss of smell and taste? You certainly might have had flu in which this happens. So often, we don’t appreciate our sense of taste or smell much until we lose it. This article will discuss anosmia, its causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment options.What Is Anosmia?Anosmia is a condition that involves a […]

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Have you ever wondered whether a wine that smells of sun-ripened peaches came from a vineyard next to an orchard? Or whether the chalky note in an Old World wine sprang right from the soil into your glass? Where do the scents found in wine come from?Given how little we know about the mechanics of taste […]

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Ah, the classic Sideways. I am a professional sommelier, and I won’t lie. I’ve watched every wine movie that has ever come out, even the romantic comedies. Why? Because when you’re into wine, you want to know all about it, and you want it to be part of every aspect of your life. Of course, […]

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You’ll find fantastic wine coming from every grape-growing country globally, but French wine is on another level. It’s not that French wine is better than the rest (sometimes it is), but you can’t beat the tradition, lore, and history behind every French wine style and grape.France has influenced every other wine-producing country on the planet. […]

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Have you ever wondered what your life would be like when you would not be able to smell? Yet, we always take the sense of smell for granted until we can’t smell every day scents of cooking or perfumes. When your sense of smell is compromised or altogether lost – a condition called anosmia – you will not […]

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Although a lot of ink has been spilled over diversity in the wine trade, our industry seems to be exempt from much of the #blacklivesmatter and #metoo social movements. Sadly, almost nothing has changed since highly damning news reports started coming out regarding racism and sexual violence at the Court of Master Sommeliers. Old Boys […]

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With the arrival of the Coronavirus in 2019, its symptoms weren’t specific and were discovered after it affected more and more people with time. CDC then listed loss of taste and smell as a symptom of COVID after observing many patients infected by Corona. (1) They weren’t sure about how long it would linger as […]

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The Top Wine Instructors in AmericaThere are a handful of wine educators that dominate wine education. They have founded the top wine schools in America and blazed trails into sommelier training. These men and women are essential to the world of wine. If you love wine, your bucket list should include taking a class with […]

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Wine has been a hot topic for millennia, entwined with our culture like no other libation. Wine is fun, engaging, desirable, and posh; it’s the one drink you must study to understand fully. Whether we talk about provenance or grape varieties, wine producers or vintage variations, terroir, or technology, the wine universe is immense.It’s no […]

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In this article, we go into detail on how the pandemic has negatively impacted the wine trade, and in particular wine education. In the last section, we offer a ray of hope: there are multiple grants available for wine schools. We are very grateful to the individual who made this article possible. They generously shared […]

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Sommeliers Speak OutAfter writing an omnibus article on the problems facing the Court of Master Sommeliers, we heard from many high-profile sommeliers who did not like how we portrayed the Court. Below are excerpts of the comments.Note: We removed many of the ad hominem attacks from their statements. We also edited comments for clarity and […]

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