Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sommelier Certificates


  • 4 main accredited wine education courses:
    • International Sommelier Guild (ISG)
    • Court of Masters Sommeliers (CMS)
    • Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
    • Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
  • CMS is specifically a sommelier organisation focusing in service, whereas the WSET is aimed at a broader industry professional.
  • WSET is approachable to the novice
  • WSET Level 3 (Advanced) = CMS Level 1.75
  • CMS Level 1 and WSET Level 3 have a book, but CMS Level 2 (Certified Sommelier) does not.
  • Good course in Switzerland: Académie du vin
  • Great books:
    • Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson
    • Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly
    • The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
    • Great Wine Made Simple by Andrea Immer Robinson
    • The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding