Have you seen the film “SOMM” yet? Somm, a quite amazing stor!
One of the people featured in the documentary “Somm” was Brian McClintic, who passed the Master Sommelier test to become one of the elite group who have. Less than 200 people in the world have ever passed this very difficult test.
The test, administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is comprised of three parts. The theory portions tests a wide range of wine knowledge, down to the names of vineyards and their soils; the practical portion tests professionalism in wine and spirit service; and the practical tasting “is scored on the candidate’s verbal abilities to clearly and accurately describe six different wines. Within twenty-five minutes he or she must identify, where appropriate, grape varieties, country of origin, district and appellation of origin, and vintages of the wines tasted.”