To earn the title of master sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers basically means that you're a Yoda of wine service. Passing this exam is notoriously difficult, to the point that fewer than 200 candidates have earned the master sommelier title in 40 years. In other words, about 90 percent of people fail the master sommelier exam.
Gearing up for this test requires a tremendous amount of blind tastings, soaking up an encyclopedia's worth of wine knowledge as related to growing regions, varietals, vintages and much more. Plus, part of the exam means serving master sommeliers while getting grilled on food pairings, cigar and liquor service and other protocol. Yes, this exam puts the "brut" in "brutal."
The drama of preparing for and taking the master sommelier exam has now been captured in a documentary called "Somm." This movie follows some would-be master sommeliers as they get ready to take the exam of a lifetime, with all the ulcer-inducing study sessions, headbutting and exaltations of success that make for good movie fodder.
"Somm" will be shown for just one night in Sacramento, and that takes place 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tower Theatre (2508 Land Pk. Dr., Sacramento). For local wine professionals who can swing the night off, and those who just enjoy wine-related cinema, this screening should be good times. Click here to order tickets online.
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