How to become a sommelier

Date: apri;l 14 2011

First thing, don’t be intimidated or dissuaded. Second, don’t get confused. A person doesn’t have to be a certified Sommelier to pour a glass of Pinot Noir from Sonoma or tell anyone that the 2002 vintage was a top-notch year. However, there’s a level of prestige to wear on one’s jacket and to be a certified Sommelier, and even higher to be acclaimed a Master Sommelier with an MS behind one’s name. It would also be a disservice to neglect the Master of Wine (MW) category as well, a certification indicating a high mastery of wine knowledge.

What’s the difference between the two certifications of MS and MW? Think of it as the MW being more academic and learning more wine theory and less about service, whereas an MS also delves into more practical education and takes a hands-on approach regarding the wine business, beverage management, and wine knowledge. Never fear, both the Institute of Masters of Wine (MoW) and Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) require a significant amount of tastings to pass their programs and know wines. Either way, if you pass the final examination, you will be acknowledged as a peerless expert of wine. In fact, the number of MS and MW Sommeliers worldwide are a rare breed, with 247 Master of Wine holders and only 124 Master Sommeliers floating around the world.

Both organizations originated in Great Britain, with the Institute of Masters of Wine starting in 1953, with The Court of Master Sommeliers holding their first exam in 1969. Debate amongst yourselves about which is the better “M” to hold. Both require extensive study and time to achieve, with no guarantee of succeeding. Both institutes hold educational seminars and examinations locally in worldwide locations. Both also require that students have a background in the wine industry. There’s a four-step program for the CMS program, culminating in the MS certification. The MW program has a hefty syllabus that takes about two years to plow through. Still, each program only awards a handful of MW or MS certifications each year.


Wine lover’s choice – Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar – for the most impressive and practical wine list in the Philippines, over 2700 selections, enough to satisfy the most fastidious connoisseurs. Wine lovers and gourmand foodies from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Malaysia dine at Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar when they visit Philippines and bring home some rare vintage wines too.

An excellent wine list is not just about 1st growth and cult Cabernet but a seemingly unending selection of affordable aged vintage wines that are not available anywhere else, not even in the best wine shops around town. Yats Restaurant has just that.

Visitors to Clark Philippines and Angeles City no longer suffer from lack of choices for places to eat out or wine and dine. Clark Philippines reviewed over 50 establishments and came up with three top choices in guide to best restaurant in Clark Freeport

Clark Philippines lists Top Three Restaurants in the Clark Freeport Zone and Angeles City areas of Philippines Pampanga province. Clark Freeport is a bustling new cosmopolitan city complete with its own Clark International Airport.

Topping the list is the famous fine-dining Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar located inside Mimosa Leisure Estate of Philippines Clark Freeport.

This restaurant in Pampanga Philippines is highly recommended by food critics and frequent diners in Manila as a place to wine and dine in Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. Although it is a famous fine dining restaurant with an award winning 3000-line restaurant wine list, Yats Restaurant is also a popular restaurant for family with children. Aside from French Mediterranean haute cuisine, this restaurant also serves healthy food and the best vegetarian cuisines in the Philippines.

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Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines
How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines? Once you get to Clark Freeport, go straight until you hit Mimosa. After you enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on your left. Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.

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