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Court of Master Sommeliers: The Certified Sommelier Exam

Phew. The Certified Sommelier exam consists of three parts: a blind tasting exam, the theory exam, and the service exam. Much more intimidating to a guy whose restaurant experience involves washing dishes six years ago - and though the average pass rate isn't too scary, ~60% is enough to have you doubt everything, because even at this level there's a lot of material. There are brilliant, brilliant people I met this day who've spent oodles more time in the wine industry than I have and didn't pass. Balance seemed important - there was one intelligent fellow who already had the WSET Diploma, which requires you to know a VAST amount of information on wine (and it's something I'm only in the middle of) - yet he didn't pass. Neither...

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