how to become a sommelier

how to become a sommelier

Editor’s Note: This article is being updated. 

 

How to Start your Wine Career

How to become a wine taster

To become a professional wine taster, you need to earn your sommelier certification.

  1. Find a wine school near you.
  2. Register for a sommelier wine course
  3. Attend the sommelier classes
  4. Take the sommelier exam
  5. Graduate from wine school

How to become a wine expert

To become a professional wine taster, you need to earn your sommelier certification.

  1. Find a wine school near you.
  2. Register for a sommelier wine course
  3. Attend the sommelier classes
  4. Take the sommelier exam
  5. Graduate from wine school

How to Become a Sommelier

  1. Read as many wine books as possible.
  2. Take as many wine classes as you can.
  3. Taste at least 10 wines a week.
  4. Earn your level three sommelier certification from a reputable school.

How do you get to be a sommelier

  • Work as a waiter and wait to get promoted
  • Earn your level three sommelier certification
  • Open up your own wine bar.

 

How to become a sommelier online

Of the three major sommelier certification agencies, two offer sommelier certification online. Both Wine & Spirit Education Trust (London) and the National Wine School (Los Angeles) allow for partial participation by online students. Both program ultimately require the student to participate IRL (in real life) along with attending the online course.

  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust – Students can take online courses, but must take exams in person.
  • National Wine School – Students can take online courses and exams for Advanced Sommelier programs. However, level two and three

How many levels of sommelier are there

There are five sommelier levels.

  1. Level One – Introductory Sommelier Certificate (CMS), Award in Wines (WSET)
  2. Level Two – Foundation Certificate (NWS), Award in Wines and Spirits (WSET)
  3. Level Three – Certified Sommelier (NWS and CMS)
  4. Level Four – Advanced Sommelier (NWS and CMS)
  5. Level Five –  Grand Sommelier (NWS), Master Sommelier (CMS), and Master of Wine (WSET)

How much does it cost to be a master sommelier

How much do sommeliers make

 

What  You Need to Know

What is an advanced sommelier?

An advanced sommelier is also known as a level four sommelier.  Most of the top  sommeliers are certified at this level. They are required  to identify any major grape varietal and wine region in a blind tasting plus have attended at least one year of formal sommelier training.

What is the master sommelier exam?

The master sommelier exam is also known as the Level 5 Sommelier Exam. It is the highest level exam in the wine service profession. The term “Master Sommelier” is a trademark of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and does not apply to all Level 5 Sommeliers. Other terms used for this exam is the Master of Wine Exam (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) and the Master of Enology Exam (National Wine School)

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What does WSET stand for in wine?

WSET is the acronym for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. The WSET is one of several firms that certifies sommeliers and other types of wine professionals. Along with WSET, the National Wine School and the Court of Master Sommeliers are the major sommelier certification bodies currently active in the USA.

What is the CSW exam?

The CSW exam stands for the Certified Specialist of Wine Exam offered by the  Society of Wine Educators. It is a multiple choice exam many wine educators take. It is similar to the Wine Speaker Certification offered by the National Wine School.

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