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Certified Sommelier Exam

October 24, 2019 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Certified Sommelier Examinations focus on a candidate’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in deductive tasting, wine & beverage theory, and both technical as well as salesmanship skills in table-side service.

The Certified Sommelier Examination was launched in 2006 to assist in preparing candidates for the rigors of both Advanced and Master Sommelier Examinations. Refinement of these Examinations has led to significant updates in 2017 to better assess a sommeliers readiness to undertake higher level sommelier examinations.

The title and credential of ‘Certified Sommelier’ is well recognised in the Hospitality Sector globally. Wearing the Certified Sommelier Lapel Pin ensures your employer and dining public that you have skills in salesmanship, the beverage program you may manage and wine tasting abilities that have been tested by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. A theoretical knowledge of the world of wine and beverages will also provide for on call knowledge when required.

COST: $595.00 – Register HERE

Pre-Qualification & Preparation

Prerequisite: must have passed the Introductory Course & Examination within the past three years; five years with a recommendation from a Master Sommelier who is directly mentoring you. After the elapsed time candidates are required to retake the Introductory Course & Examination in order to apply for the Certified Sommelier Examination.

Recommendations: a minimum of three years in the industry is strongly suggested. Not having any industry background will make the examination extremely challenging. Allow time (1 year suggested, not required) between the Introductory and Certified for study.

Prior to enrollment, download and review the following documents from the resources page here.

  • Certified Recommended Study Resources
  • Certified Examination Tasting Grids-Red & White
  • Certified Examination Grape Varieties & Growing Regions-Red & White
  • CMS Deductive Tasting Format
  • CMS Service Standards
  • All “Exam Standards”

Certified Sommelier Examination Details

The Certified Sommelier Examination is a one-day examination with three sections:

Tasting Examination: Utilizing the Court of Master Sommeliers Deductive Tasting Method, candidates must describe and identify four wines (two white and two red) to the best of their ability. This is a written tasting that must be completed in 30 minutes. Download the CMS Deductive Tasting Format, Certified Examination Tasting Grids, and Certified Examination Grape Varieties & Growing Regions here.

Theory Examination: The theory examination tests candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the world of wine, beverage, and the sommelier trade. The test consists of multiple choice, short answer, simple math, and matching questions. Candidates must complete the 45-question examination within 35 minutes. Candidates are advised to study a general guide to wine. Download the Certified Recommended Study Resources and the Theory Exam Standards (templates for Germany, New Zealand, Beer show the depth of knowledge required and can be used as a guide of how to approach all topics of study) here.

Service Examination: The practical service examination approximates a real restaurant environment, and candidates are expected to demonstrate salesmanship and knowledge while performing a variety of tableside tasks. Candidates may be asked to open still or sparkling wines, to recommend cocktails or spirits, to discuss food and wine paring options, and to generally show their abilities as a restaurant sommelier. Candidates must arrive appropriately dressed and equipped for professional restaurant wine service. Download the CMS service standards here.

Passing requirement: must achieve a minimum of 60% on each section within one sitting. Successful candidates will receive a certificate and lapel pin signifying their certification as a sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

COST: $595.00 – Register HERE

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Date and Time:

Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 8:00AM – 6:00PM


New York Kitchen

Wine Spectator Theater

800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424


Wayne Belding, MS


  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the class start time
  • NYK reserves the right to ask guests that are intoxicated, behaving in an unsafe manner or that pose a risk to leave the classroom.

Cancellation Policy:

  • NY Kitchen Cancellation Policy DOES NOT apply
  • The Court of Master Sommelier Cancellation policy can be found HERE


October 24, 2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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