[Guest post by Spencer Omuemu who is learning about wine]


What exactly is a Sommelier? At any Buenos Aires wine tasting you will undoubtedly hear the word. At first, I assumed it was a grape variation along the lines of Malbec, Torrontes, and Bonarda, but when I saw someone refer to another person as a “Sommelier” I knew my definition of the word was probably wrong. To keep it simple a sommelier is a well-trained wine professional. A sommelier is knowledgeable in all aspect s of wine tasting, ranging from wine service to wine and food pairings. He/she is the kind of person who you can ask just about any question pertaining to a specific bottle of wine.

Other than being responsible for an Argentine wine tasting, or any wine tasting for that matter, a sommelier can assume an important role at any restaurant, import company or distributorship. He would be responsible for collaborating with the chef and the culinary team to create a list of the proper wines to pair with certain dishes and meals. A sommelier must not only understand wine but have an outstanding palet, outstanding personality, and a deep understanding of many types of food and beverages.

How do you become a sommelier? You can’t just become a sommelier by loving wine. To become a certified sommelier you need to enroll in about six months of classes and pass a certification exam. After going through classes and passing a certification exam you can walk away with certifications ranging from an Advance Sommelier Certificate, a Certified Sommelier Certificate, and Introductory Sommelier Certificate, and a Master Sommelier Diploma. Equipped with your certification and sommelier knife your are ready to spread your knowledge and passion for wine and argentine wine tastings to anyone who wants to listen. Just because you’re not a sommelier doesn’t mean your knowledge of wine isn’t reliable. Passion for wine and tangible commitment to the study of wine can take you as far and possible even further than any sommelier certification.