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Sommelier - Wine Expert

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Jon Bueno

on 12 November 2013

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Sommelier - Wine Expert
Education, Diplomas, Trade papers
Though you don't HAVE to go through training to become a sommelier, you appear more credible and more likely to land a job if you have a certificate. First you must train at either a culinary arts school or through a program from a college. After you've completed your training you must apply to the Court of Master Sommeliers which offers the process for those who want to become a distinguished sommelier. The tests involve written questions and blind taste testing exams. As of 2013 only 197 have passed the master sommelier examination.

The course work for becoming a master sommelier includes learning about grape growing, wine pairing and making, old and new history of wine, sensory development and management skills.

Skills and Unrelated Experience
Must be:
Professional Active Learning
Exceptional Service Skills
Exceptional Selling Skills
Service Orientation
Critical thinking
Social Perceptiveness
Time Management
Active listening
Management of Personnel Resources
Time Management

Work experience and Highschool Education
Any work experience in a restaurant, management or business is going to be good experience when becoming a sommelier. Industries like fast food, bars, grills, steak houses, pizza places, ice cream stores, banking, accounting, hotel manager, restaurant manager, server, waiter and kitchen staff. Literally anything that is included within the 8 sectors of Hospitality & Tourism will help you in becoming a great wine expert.

Same concept applies for Highschool Education. Of course, take the hospitality and tourism industry cause that will generalize and give you foundations into becoming a expertise in the industry, but if there is, take a Food & Nutrition course, as it will help you in learning composition of wine and agriculture and process of wine making, while also giving information about a healthy life style. Also think about taking any kind of business course. it will help you with your management skills and provide you with basic information about how a business would work. One more branch that would be good to take would be one in the geography branch. Some Geography courses include agriculture into their course, that could help you learn about wine and how its made. Also learning the demographics of different areas and why certain types of wine only exists in certain place could be extremely beneficial when doing training and applying for your Certificate.
Personal Traits
Must be/have:
Exceptional Taste
Customer service skills
Must be physically strong

Job Description
The sommelier is an expert of wine, making recommendations and serving guests with the right kind of wine that fits the type of meal. This is NOT an entry-level position, the sommelier is an expertise and one can only be a true sommelier once they have practiced and memorized their beverages. Smaller establishments may have a wine expert working as a waiter but they get paid more and are considered higher skilled. They are in charge of meeting customers needs and building customer relations to maximize repeat visits.
All these traits determines and draws the line before expert sommeliers and entry level sommelier. Every sommelier will always cater to the customers own need and be able to multitask and handle working various jobs in an restaurant, while maintaining a professional look.
Courses you could consider to major in when thinking about a career as a sommelier are but not exclusive to:

-Culinary Science/ Culinology
-Foodservice Systems
-Hospitality Administration/Management, General
-Hotel, Motel, and restaurant management
Reading comprehension
Operation Analysis
Judgement and Decision Making
Learning Strategies
Complex Problem Solving
System Analysis
Management of Financial Resources

Any kind of unrelated experience (such as volunteer, community work, extra cirricular activites) that relate to any type of business management, serving, cooking, planning, problem solving or anything that can improve your skills of being able to serve people in a professional, efficent manner can help you develop skills in order to become a master sommelier.
Analytical Thinking
Stress Tolerance
Self Control
Attention to Detail
Genuine Concern for Others
Social Orientation
Jon Bueno Period 3 Hospitliaty Ms.Fisher
Nov 8th 2013
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