Court of Master Sommeliers
The first Master Sommeliers examination was held in the United Kingdom in 1969. By April 1977, the Court of Master Sommeliers was established as an international examining body for sommeliers. It was set up under the supervision of the Vintners Company, The Institute of Masters of Wine, The British Hotels & Restaurants Association, The Wine & Spirit Association of Great Britain and The Wholesale Tobacco Trade Association.
Their standards and examinations today are recognized internationally.
American Chapter 
In 1986 the first Master Sommelier exams were held in the US and the American Chapter of the CMS was established under the name 'Court of Master Sommeliers Americas'. The American Chapter of the CMS also provide examinations in Canada.
Education and certification 
- Level I is the Introductory Course & Exam
- Level II is the Certified Sommelier Exam
- Level III is the Advanced Sommelier Course & Exam
- Level IV is the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam.
See also 
- Beer sommelier
- Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
- Maître d'
- Master of Wine
- Wine accessory
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