Amazing Tips to Get Success in the Sommelier Certification Exam

Are you passionate about wine and do you believe that you should be an expert in wines? If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, you should take education to become a professional sommelier! Here in our series of introducing new exciting careers to our readers, we have brought today the education course of sommelier.

The career and education for being a professional sommelier may be something new to some of you; but to others it may be a known topic. Many organizations conduct certified sommelier exams and you may want to choose one of them. Most sommelier education courses have three parts.

  1. Tasting: Tasting is conducted to check your sensory acuteness and capability of finding things like where a wine has been created and its basic qualities.
  2. Theory: Theory is for proving the depth of your knowledge of classic wines, history, geography and regions.
  3. Service: This is for proving your physical competence to sell, communicate and serve still or sparkling wines.

Blind Tasting

This part of the wine education is aimed to check your ability to associate an unknown wine to a variety (or blend), region and vintage. Though this seems like not a very useful skill to have, this test shows if you have real experience of tasting various wines. If you want to pass the certificate exam and further, you must be familiar with the famous classic wines of the world.

Learning the Tasting Evaluation Technique

Every person has a distinct way to taste wine; however, there is a specific set of steps that you need to observe to make a professional evaluation of wine. This type of evaluation is about connecting a flavor, like vanilla and clove in a sample Pinot Noir to the inference of the usage of French Oak in its creation.

Make sure to have the ability to taste and confidently fill out the grid for these wines.

If you have a difficulty or can’t afford to taste these wines, a great solution is to find other wine-enthusiast friends and start a tasting group to share the cost.

wine and food pairing


Theory test will contain geography questions like what the names of the mountains are that lie between Napa and Sonoma or which is the main river flowing through the Piemonte wine region. Therefore you will have to know the wine regions not only by the wines they produce, but also by their geographical features like mountains, lakes, rivers and cities in the region. These pieces of information are useful in telling you the story of a classic wine why it is so. Read whatever you get and as many books on wines as you can.

Involvement of Foreign Languages

You should also know some things like what the Alsacian table wine called in French or what a vineyard is known as in German. So, you will have to learn some foreign language terms related to wines.


How often do you serve/pour wine? If you don’t at all, get a job or volunteer work of pouring at a wine bar or tasting room, at least once or twice a week. You should practice opening and serving wine. An excellent way to convince that you are a natural to a Master Sommelier is to be one actually.

pouring wine

Additional Tips

After all, being a sommelier is nothing but about dining. How is your knowledge about food and wine pairing? Are you able to recommend wines with various entrees easily? Create a small yet diverse list of wines in your mind. It should contain wines that you feel comfortable suggesting from and then learn and remember a few details about each of these wines. Use this list to pair with food ideas.
Hope with these tips you can get success in your wine certification exam. All the very best!