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Somm (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 June 2013 (Canada)
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Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

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Jason Wise

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Jason Wise
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Credited cast:
Bo Barrett Bo Barrett ... Himself
Shayn Bjornholm Shayn Bjornholm ... Himself
Dave Cauble Dave Cauble ... Himself
Ian Cauble Ian Cauble ... Himself
Andrea Cecci Andrea Cecci ... Himself
Fred Dame Fred Dame ... Himself
Elizabeth Dowty Elizabeth Dowty ... Herself
Whitney Fisher Whitney Fisher ... Herself
Jay Fletcher Jay Fletcher ... Himself
Jean Marie Fourrier Jean Marie Fourrier ... Himself
Wilhelm Haag Wilhelm Haag ... Himself
Drew Hendricks Drew Hendricks ... Himself
Michael Jordan Michael Jordan ... Himself
Geoff Kruth Geoff Kruth ... Himself
Mercedes Lam Mercedes Lam ... Herself
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Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

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Wine is fun right? See more »

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21 June 2013 (Canada) See more »

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Burgundy, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,050, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,561, 7 July 2013
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The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world's most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations. Since its inception in 1969, 230 candidates ( as of 2016 ) have reached the exalted Master level. The exam covers every nuance of the world of wine, spirits and cigars. See more »

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Documenting nonsense
4 March 2015 | by rhyzome1See all my reviews

Double-blind tastings have as much relevance to real, hands- on restaurant work as the Zodiac does to Astronomy.

What you have, rather, is a trade-show paper- chase that's been cooked up by the pretentiously self-qualified to scam money from the slightly less agile.

Suffice it to mention, moreover, that the 'masters' title has absolutely nothing to do with certification from an accredited college or university.

Real masters, from academia, are given by juries of PhD's to acknowledge mastery over a subject of which they, as individuals, have made a contribution to knowledge. Therefore, I challenge any judge of said 'court' to present qualifications that would demonstrate any contribution on their part. to the knowledge of wine.

'Proper' cigar service, perhaps, expressed as their own opinion of propriety? 'Proper' chilling of whites--ostensibly with far greater reference to Oscar Wilde than Van der Walls? Or how about yet another uselessly digressive, non-chemical explanation of 'tannins'?

Lastly, of course, the use of 'Court' speaks volumes about their collective idiocy. How do they support their right to hold court, or to judge, as it were? Where, pray tell, is there a public textbook that's made available for scrutiny much as, say, physics, chemistry, history, or whatever that's taught over at Dustbunny U?

Without reference to said text that's available for all to see, this self-entitled 'court' ranks nothing higher than podunk inquisitional circa AD1200--or rather a Humpty-Dumpty manifesto that states that things mean exactly what I say they mean at the time that I say it".

So much for restaurant 'professionalism': next, perhaps, chiropractics?

Bill Harris


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