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Cheating Scandal Rocks Elite World of Master Sommeliers

23 must retake grueling exam they thought they'd passed

(Newser) - The exam to become a master sommelier is notoriously difficult. The years, even decades, of study required to conquer the three-part test of wine knowledge—broken down into theory, table service, and tasting—mean that fewer than 300 people have managed it over 49 years. Now 23 sommeliers who thought...

What It Takes to Be a Tea Sommelier

For one thing, an extensive knowledge of flower scents

(Newser) - Tea consumption is on the upswing in the US, and with that comes the rise of high-end varieties and yes, even tea sommeliers. For those interested in acquiring such a title, it's time to get up to speed on the scents of flowers, reports Modern Farmer . The website interviews...

Forget Sommeliers: Today's Booze Guide Is the Cicerone

And he's guiding you through the world of beer

(Newser) - Craft beer is the darling of the booze industry these days, with sales up 14% for the first half of the year. No wonder, then, that Cicerones are arriving on the scene. Much like a sommelier, these beer stewards are popping up at restaurants and bars in order to guide...

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