A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit in for the first leg of the four-part education and examination sessions organized by the Court of Master Sommeliers — a certifying organization that promotes excellence in restaurant and hotel beverage service.
After two solid days of reviewing the world winemaking regions and the coarser points of wine service (along with a bit of information about beer, sake and spirits), we took a multiple choice test, and those that passed are invited to go the second, certifying level. The second level involves the process of deductive blind tasting — trying to determine the age, varietal and provenance of the wine based on sight, smell and taste.
I made a sample quiz based on study questions offered by the Guild of Sommeliers. If you like the grape, take a shot at it. Maybe it’s all the encouragement you need to go for your own certification.
- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog