More than just "cork dorks:" Local sommeliers explain what makes a wine great (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

"A sommelier works in wine procurement, storage, cellar rotation, and offering expert service to wine consumers. A sommelier may also be responsible for the development of wine lists, delivery of wine service and training for other restaurant staff. Along with the culinary team, they pair and suggest wines to best complement each particular food menu item. Becoming a certified sommelier requires classes and an examination. The certification is offered by a range of educators, and a basic education may be attained for $800–$3,750 over the course of six months. The Court of Master Sommeliers, established in 1977, is the examining body for a variety of certifications. Since the Master Sommelier Diploma was introduced in 1969, 186 people from around the world had become Master Sommeliers by 2011."



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