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The State of Sommelier Education for 2023


Yanique Deal
23rd May 2023 at 9:17 am

RE: The End of Trade Organizations and a federally accredited sommelier certification

While it is obvious trade organizations are a valuable fixture within the wine industry. it is interesting to see that over 47% of us favor a federally accredited program. Is SOMM aware of any wine industry expert think tanks that are putting their minds together to explore the possibilities of creating a federally accredited sommelier certification?

    Uncorked and Decanted
    25th May 2023 at 10:25 am

    That’s a great question, Yanique. From converstations we’ve had over the years, the major first step would be for a wine education agency to start a state-accredited school. Federal accreditation requires a program to aquire state accreditation, then fultill the requirements of a regional accrediting board. If that board is recognized by the federal department of education, then their programs will be federally accredited.

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