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Category: Sommelier School Reviews

This article was updated in October 2020 to reflect new reporting by the New York Times that reveals troubling accounts of sexual violence within the Court of Master Sommeliers of America (CMSa). Several CMSa members have spoken up to defend the institution; we have given them their own page here: Sommeliers Speak Out. Is it […]

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Online Wine Classes Online wine classes are nothing new. Highly respected wine institutions like Wine Spectator and the University of California at Davis have offered online courses for years. Interest in such programs was initially high, but these programs did not attract a large audience. The truth was they were clunky and confusing for the […]

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When we heard about a new wine school opening up in Philadelphia, we had great expectations. Philly has become one of the greatest towns for wine education. What Am I Drinking?! is using a sophisticated website and has a brick-and-mortar facility in Bryn Mawr, a wealthy suburb. Plus, the owner’s bio states she is a […]

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U.S. IS FASTEST GROWTH MARKET FOR WINE AND SPIRIT EDUCATION — Wine & Spirit Education Trust Set to Expand U.S. Presence with New Dedicated Team —    LONDON, U.K. (August 3, 2017) – New figures from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) reveal that demand for wine, spirits and sake education is higher than ever as […]

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What is a Sommelier? Let’s Get to Brass Tacks The term  has two meanings: A Sommelier’s job is running the beverage program at a restaurant, with a focus on the wine list. A less sexy name for this job is “Beverage Manager.” The job actually predates restaurants: back in the Victorian era, a Sommelier was […]

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Want to know how to order wine at a restaurant? One of our master sommeliers breaks it down for you.  Want to know more about wine? Check out our guide to wine schools in America. Ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant is sometimes a very intimidating process for those who are not involved in the […]

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Fake Sommelier? Not all sommeliers are trained to accurately taste wine.  This is what we call a  “fake sommelier. ”  After all, the core element of the job is to have a great palate.  If the job was just to bloviate, there would be a line of applicants out the door of every restaurant. Several dozen […]

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