How to become a sommelier

Date: December 08, 2010

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.


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Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar was built by Hong Kong-based Yats International in 2000 to provide a world-class cozy fine dining restaurant, business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and functions in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines was selected for this restaurant because of safety, clean air, absence of traffic and proximity to Manila and Subic.

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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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