Do you have what it takes to be a sommelier? Our Wine IQ quiz is the closest you will get to a sommelier test without paying tuition. These questions come from the official level three sommelier test. It’s time to test your wine knowledge!
This Wine Quiz is Just the Beginning
We love wine. We make it, teach it, buy it, live it. It’s our passion and our livelihood. If you are here, you are probably thinking about taking a class or wine course. You probably want to test yourself, see exactly what your Wine IQ really is.
This quiz is only 15 questions long, but don’t get smug. This is not your usual wine quiz, the questions are designed to test if your knowledge is authentic. Don’t be dismayed if you don’t get a high score. Take a look a the leaderboard. Most of those names are high-level sommeliers, and at least one is a Master Sommelier.
The quiz does something even more important, it will guide you toward classes you should attend here at the Wine School of Philadelphia or at your local wine school. Not sure where to go to class? Not near Philly? No worries, you should check out SOMM for a listing of your local wine education venue.
The Sommelier Test
What is it, and why should I care?
If you are planning on a career in aerospace engineering or machine coding, then you probably won’t have any use for wine knowledge. Your friends are all probably on the wrong side of the spectrum, and you make a mid-six-figure salary. You’re probably in the only career that taking a sommelier test isn’t cool or useful.
If you are in the restaurant or wine trade, then earning your sommelier certificate is a smart course of action. On average, a person with their sommelier certification will enjoy an income that is over 50% higher than the average restaurant salary.
- Average Sommelier Salary: $54,000
- Sommelier with Advanced Certificate: $78,000
- Sommelier with Master-Level Certificate: $150,000
Restaurant Salary Averages:
- Restaurant Manager $49,000
- Chef $50,000
- Kitchen Manager $41,181
Wine Knowledge is Business Critical
Having a sommelier certificate is far more than being a somm. It’s almost as essential outside the restaurant industry as in it. In fact, the certificate itself isn’t even that important: it’s the knowledge earned that is mission-critical in today’s business environment.
Wine knowledge is key to every job where a client needs to be impressed, a promotion solidified, or a level of cultural sophistication is required. Knowing the ins-and-outs of wine can’t be learned in a book; most wine books are outdated and geared to consumerism. It requires taking a professional wine course.
Wine is the international litmus test for sophistication and intelligence. In a world where very few things translated into all cultures: wine knowledge stands above all other status symbols.
The Sommelier Test is the Winemaker’s Crutch
For people who dream of becoming a winemaker, sommelier certification is often a first step. Rather than jump directly into a 6-year educational program, a sommelier program is often the best use of time and money. Much of what is learned in a viticultural Masters of Science degree is also taught in a top-notch sommelier program.
Passing the Somm Exam
If you did well in our wine quiz, then congrations! You are on your way to earning your real certificate. However, there are things you really need to know before your sign up for a wine course.
- Attend a Top Ranked Wine School.
Taking classes at one of the best wine schools is like earning your degree at Harvard. It’s better to earn a low-level certificate from a highly ranked school than earn your Master-Level certification from one with a low SOMM Score.
- Take wine classes that include structured tastings
To pass the sommelier test, you will need plenty of experience tasting wines in a professional environment. Make sure the wine school you attend offers wine tastings in all their classes.