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
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.
be 21 to register