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Becoming a Sommelier: More than Just Quaffing Wine

Fashion designers are celebrities. Chefs are rock stars. What about sommeliers? These wine professionals are getting their 15 minutes of fame too. Instead of going to cooking school, people go to somm school. Maybe that’s why 100 people signed up to take the Introductory Course and Examination given by the Court of Master Sommeliers on a recent weekend in San Francisco.

If you think becoming a sommelier is all fun and drinking wine, you should know this. It’s no cake walk. You have to read and study, study, study, and practice identifying wines tasted blind.

What was I doing there, about to take the introductory course?
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