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Online quizzes to help pass CMS Sommelier Levels 1 & 2

by  |  16-09-2017 ~ 2 Comments

For those studying up for the Court of Master Sommeliers exams, it can be frustrating to have a sense of what point your knowledge may be at. Sure, you can answer all your flash cards... more » For those studying up for the Court of Master Sommeliers exams, it... more »

Not all Ah-So’s are created equal

by  |  01-07-2017

The Ah-So is that prongy thing in the back of the utensil draw that most people don’t even know the name of. Theories abound about the name but the more important fact is that it’s... more » The Ah-So is that prongy thing in the back of the utensil... more »

Review of SOMM: Into the Bottle

by  |  01-09-2016

Some might wonder the logic in reviewing a film that came out eight months previous but in the case of SOMM: Into the Bottle, it was mainly because I wanted to reflect on it a... more » Some might wonder the logic in reviewing a film that came out... more »

What is the “Guild of Sommeliers”?

by  |  20-02-2016 ~ 3 Comments

This article was written in 2016 and notes that Geoff Kruth founded GuildSomm and was its president. These are facts and while I've left the article as it originally ran, in late October 2020, it... more » This article was written in 2016 and notes that Geoff Kruth founded... more »

Ronan Sayburn on “natural” wine

by  |  14-01-2016

Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine?” Well, one certification is about expert wine service and the other about expert wine studies. They both need to know... more » Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a... more »

The rest of 2016

by  |  05-01-2016

Continued from yesterday, a few more observations about what’s to come in 2016 in general and outside of Catalonia. Southern France I just received an email from Michel Blanc in Châteauneuf going on at length... more » Continued from yesterday, a few more observations about what’s to come in... more »

Taking the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2 – Certified Sommelier Exam

by  |  28-12-2015 ~ 18 Comments

You read up on the differences between the WSET & the Court of Master Sommeliers, you went the sommelier path and you passed the CMS Level 1. Thus, you have arrived. Now, is where it... more » You read up on the differences between the WSET & the Court... more »

Wine gifts and tools for the sommelier & collector

by  |  21-12-2015

Also have a look at this extended wine lovers/sommelier gift list As it often the case when people reach this point in December (or in about seven days in Europe for Three Kings), you have... more » Also have a look at this extended wine lovers/sommelier gift list As... more »

Taking the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 – Introductory Exam

by  |  12-12-2015

So, maybe you've read up about the various differences between the WSET & Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) and now you're headed on the CMS path of things. The first stop on this is to... more » So, maybe you've read up about the various differences between the WSET... more »

The differences of the CMS, WSET, Master Sommelier, & Master of Wine

by  |  05-12-2015 ~ 1 Comment

Please note that while there's a wealth of information here, I've written an updated version of this education analysis as well that would be worth your while to read. Years ago, I found myself quite... more » Please note that while there's a wealth of information here, I've written... more »