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Directed by Jason Wise
Produced by Michelle Branch, story producer
William Fowler, executive producer
Jackson Myers, producer
Christina Tucker, producer
Jason Wise, producer
Written by Jason Wise
Starring Ian Cauble
Brian McClintic
Dustin Wilson
DLynn Proctor
Music by Brian Carmody
Cinematography Jackson Myers
Edited by Bryan Carr
Jackson Myers
Jason Wise
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films (theatrical)
First Run Features (DVD)
Release dates
June 21, 2013
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $170,561

SOMM is a 2013 American documentary following the attempts of four candidates to pass the extremely difficult Master Sommelier examination, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.[1]


SOMM follows four candidates as they study for and attempt to pass the notoriously difficult master sommelier examination, held under the guidance of the Court of Master Sommeliers.


The four candidates appearing as themselves are Ian Cauble, Brian McClintic, Dustin Wilson and DLynn Proctor. In addition to friends and family members, several notable sommeliers are interviewed, including Fred Dame, Peter Neptune and Michael Jordan.

Critical response[edit]

The film received mostly above average reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 77% based on reviews from 22 critics.[2] Variety called the film "A stimulating intro course on wine appreciation" and praised its "accessible subjects and sparkling execution".[3] The LA Times' critic Kenneth Turan called the film "glib but ultimately engaging."[4] The NY Post praised the film for doing "..a fairly impressive job of making wine tasting somewhat cinematic despite its being essentially unfilmable."[5] The NY Times' critic Rachel Saltz called the film "less about wine fetishism than about the fetishism of mastery" but felt the candidates were painted as "one dimensional jocks". She did note that the film was "an entree into a little-known world."[6] As of June 2, 2015, customers had rated the film an average or 4 1/2 out of 5 stars, with 128 customer reviews.[7]


The film was named best documentary feature at the 2013 San Luis Obispo Film Festival.[8]


  1. ^ "World's Toughest Test? The Master Sommelier Diploma Exam". 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  2. ^ Somm at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ "Film Review: ‘Somm’". 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Review: 'Somm': Wine, men and one brutal test". 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Raise a glass for wine documentary, ‘Somm’". 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Sipping and Studying, When the Subject Is Bottled". 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ "SOMM product page". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  8. ^ "2013 Film Competition Award Winners". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 

External links[edit]

Category:2013 films Category:American documentaries Category:American independent films Category:Films about wine