The Certified Sommelier Examination, or level two, is a one-day exam given in three segments: a blind tasting of two wines, a written theory examination, and a practical service examination. No lectures or tastings are provided; candidates should come prepared to take the exam and be appropriately dressed and equipped for professional wine service.
It is the policy of the Court of Master Sommeliers that everyone, without exception, must have passed the Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam prior to sitting the Certified Exam.
The written theory examination will cover fundamental questions about the world of wine, spirits, beer and service with emphasis on the world’s wine appellations and corresponding grape varieties. The questions are presented in multiple choice, matching and short answer formats. Candidates have 30 minutes to complete the theory exam.
The blind tasting examination utilizes the Master Sommelier Deductive Tasting Method that has been tailored to a written format. The tasting grid and instructions are available and can be downloaded and studied prior to taking the exam. Candidates have 15 minutes to evaluate two wines and fill out the tasting grid.
The practical service exam will test one of the following skills: Standard Wine Service, Champagne Service or Decanting Service. Candidates will be evaluated on a variety of elements surrounding this skill as well as their knowledge of aperitifs, cocktails, food and wine pairing, proper service temperature of wine and beverages, and ability to communicate and sell.
Must be 21 to register