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Is Your Sommelier Fake? Science says…. maybe.


Nebojsa Matic
11th March 2021 at 4:52 pm

You cite several tests supposedly disproving other well-known tests that in their turn show the gross inconsistency in wine evaluation/appreciation, but you provide no data whatsoever on the “disproving” tests. And then: what`s the use if only a well-trained sommelier can taste the varieties? I’m the one who`s gonna drink the wine …

Donna Harper
21st August 2019 at 6:02 pm

Is there a verifiable list that indicates who is a TRUE Sommelier? I know of someone touting this title, but is doing nothing more conducting an occasional wine tour of IN. What would be the repercussions of making a false claim online?

    Uncorked and Decanted
    29th August 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I would recommend asking them what school did they study at, and what accreditation that received.

18th April 2019 at 12:20 pm

“Bottom line: if you love wine, you owe it to yourself to become educated.” WHat?
If you love wine just shut up and drink it. Wine is awesome. I don’t need to become educated to enjoy icecream and shawarma. Why do you need this bullshit for wine? Expensive wines, cheap wines – no matter, you just can find wine that you like and drink it. And you better not pay more than 15$ for bottle

    Uncorked and Decanted
    29th August 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Would you prefer if your ice cream maker or shwarma cook had no training? This site focusses on professional certifications.

don stouder
19th January 2019 at 11:41 pm

All of the current wine organizations promoting certifications are for-profit companies, and blind tasting wine is nothing more than a parlor trick. Biggest scam ever. Buy a couple good books and make yourself a real expert.

    Adam T
    2nd July 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Hi there, do you know if the studies you were referring to involving better-trained subjects ever got accepted for publication? Even if not, would love to have researcher names. I’ve always been curious about this and was psyched to see that someone at least tried to replicate the famous studies calling BS on the experts.

    Uncorked and Decanted
    29th August 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Actually, blind tasting is a critical skillset that winemakers use all the time.

28th December 2017 at 4:53 pm

Hi, I ran across your page while researching wine tasting statistic results

I am highly interested in the fact that you have results from advanced certified sommeliers that seem to indicate the testing methodologies of the popularly cited research is flawed. Can you provide me with any sources on those results?


    Uncorked and Decanted
    10th January 2018 at 12:55 pm


    We are working on a few articles that will include the original research. There is also a paper submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. I’ll update this reply once we have links.

      Al 2
      1st July 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Do you have the links now? Because I would love to read the actual sources. Otherwise your post isn’t very believable

Moët B
17th May 2017 at 5:19 pm

Wine is just a living organism…
Many factors could affect the taste…
It’s all about the retuals…

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