Court of Master Sommeliers

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The Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) is an organization established in April 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage service, particularly wine and food pairing, in hotels and restaurants.

The first Master Sommelier examination was held in the United Kingdom in 1969; the Court of Master Sommeliers was later 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.[1]

Their standards and examinations today are recognized internationally.

American Chapter[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Education and certification[edit]

The court has four levels of certification.[2]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ Robinson, Jancis, (June 29, 2005). "Master Sommeliers - who are they?". 
  2. ^ "Court of Master Sommeliers qualifications". 

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