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How Does One Become a Master Sommelier?

Asked by hsrsmith (121points) September 5th, 2008 from iPhone
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JackAdams's avatar

Here is what is noted at:

Professionals and amateurs alike can now receive world-class sommelier training from a top culinary school. The FCI offers its Fundamentals of Wine course to career program students and serious amateurs alike. Learn “wine by immersion, the way all wine professionals begin their education” from Dean of Wine Studies, Marnie Old, and our experienced wine staff.

September 5, 2008, 10:21 AM EDT

timothykinney's avatar

Drink more wine!

gailcalled's avatar

Talk to our oenophile, breedmitch.

breedmitch's avatar

See sommelier to start.
Master Sommelier (MS) is an accreditation of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
The actual term “sommelier” is somewhat loose, however. It certainly can mean that one has received some sort of formal wine education, but anyone can be hired for the job. Certification is not required to call oneself a sommelier.

The Court of Master Sommelier is a very prestigious institution if one happens to be past the Advanced Sommelier level. The lower levels tend to have a very “service industry” focus.
My education comes from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. I have completed the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits, and will be continuing on to the two year Diploma certification. Students of the WSET tend to be in the industry but not at the restaurant level: winemakers, importers, distributors. The pinnacle of this organization is the Master of Wine.

Good luck, and enjoy.

gailcalled's avatar

@all; Brian can now take a sip and not only ID label, year and vineyard, but soil type and inches of rainfall/annum.

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