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Court of Master Sommeliers – 2012 Level 1 Course and Level 2 Examination

By November 12, 2011No Comments

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established over 40 years ago to encourage improved standards of service in hotels and restaurants; its charter based on education providing expertise in wines, spirits and all alcoholic beverages, and their service and systems management. To date, there are 186 people who can affix the Master Sommelier letters ‘MS’ after their name, having been awarded the Master Sommelier Diploma, the final step of a four level programme. The MS qualification is seen as similar to Master of Wine (MW). Most of the MS individuals are based in the U.S.A., mainly in California and Nevada. Cameron Douglas of AUT Auckland, is the only one in Australasia.

The CMS is offering their Level 1 Introduction course and Certified Sommelier (Level 2) exam in Auckland, New Zealand in February 2012. This opportunity was last offered in N.Z. in 2007, and will not be repeated until 2015 in this country. For those who wish to further their credentials to work in the hospitality trade, whether on- or off-premise, this is something to consider very seriously. The qualifications are recognised and respected world-wide. Here are brief details:
Court of Master Sommeliers Introduction Level 1 programme
Wednesday 1, Thursday 2 & Friday 3 (am only), February 2012
Villa Maria Estate Function Rooms, 118 Montgomerie Road, Mangere, Manukau, Auckland
Cost: $600.00
This programme is available to wine and beverage industry professionals who are seeking to develop their deductive tasting skills, knowledge of the world of wine and all other beverages including bottled waters and cocktails. The emphasis is on wine from around the world so that those in the trade (retail and on-premise) can continue to discuss and sell wine with confidence and humility.
  • Approximately 25 wines from around the world will be tasted and discussed
  • Two full days of lectures on major wine and beverage producing nations
  • A multiple-choice exam end of day 2
  • A short service test day 3 – morning only
  • 65% Pass threshold to attain the Level 1 pin – a first badge of office from the CMS – a globally recognised credential
  • The average pass rate worldwide is 90% (of candidates get through)
Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier Examinations
Friday 3 February 2012
Villa Maria Estate Function Rooms, 118 Montgomerie Road, Mangere, Manukau, Auckland
Cost: $600.00
This is the next stage on from Level 1 and is an exam opportunity for those wanting to be a Certified Sommelier. A larger pin and certificate. There are three exams and no course:
  • Tasting of 2 wines blind (download the structure and instructions at www.mastersommeliers.org – click on Courses and Schedules
  • Theory Exam – quite difficult and requires a solid knowledge of the world of wines and other beverages
  • Service exam – this is a 12 minute exam where candidates demonstrate a range of skills in a short period of time – opening and pouring red, white or sparkling wine (possibly decanting), food and wine matching, recommending aperitifs, digestifs and a knowing the ingredients in classic cocktails
  • All three parts must be passed to attain the certificate and badge
  • The average pass rate worldwide is 60% (of candidates get through)
A general summary of the programme and the other levels, as well as practice questions, and any other information can be obtained from Cameron Douglas MS.
There is a text book that most of the examination questions are generated from: Sales and Service for the Wine Professional 3rd Ed. Author: Brian K. Julyan (Available via Amazon.com and UBS books, AUT Auckland.)

To contact Cameron Douglas MS, and for all enquiries, email: [email protected] or telephone directly on (021) 801-180

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