School for Sommeliers

At the school for sommeliers

At the school for sommeliers

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit in for the first leg of the four-part education and examination sessions organized by the Court of Master Sommeliers — a certifying organization that promotes excellence in restaurant and hotel beverage service.

It was a fun experience that I recounted in detail in this article.

After two solid days of reviewing the world winemaking regions and the coarser points of wine service (along with a bit of information about beer, sake and spirits), we took a multiple choice test, and those that passed are invited to go the second, certifying level. The second level involves the process of deductive blind tasting — trying to determine the age, varietal and provenance of the wine based on sight, smell and taste.

I made a sample quiz based on study questions offered by the Guild of Sommeliers. If you like the grape, take a shot at it. Maybe it’s all the encouragement you need to go for your own certification.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

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