I expect most people on here have read about the Master Sommelier Exam cheating case
The amount of press given to this if you Google Sommelier Exam Cheat, is quite extraordinary, after all exam cheating in all fields and all levels is hardly new and in some cases simply paying for a diploma even cuts out the exam, it was forever thus.
But the Court ( a pretentious title if ever there was ) of Master Sommeliers has decreed that most of the exam sitters will have to resit the exam and so be it.
The rise in status of the sommelier has being going on apace in recent years with the book Cork Dork being a success in explaining the pain and suffering these poor souls go through to get their diplomas, though personnaly the pain and suffering was in reading this pretentious and highly repetitive tome, that of course was just my opinion.
But the question arises as to do we really need these sommeliers, advice on choosing wine at the restaurant table can often be welcome and for the unitiated a welcome helping hand is a good thing though the latter group, the majority, hardly need steering towards anything other than a safe bet and a decent match to their food.
The other group those who know their wine will want help in knowing what is on the list that matches their aspiration not whether the south facing slope that year didn’t get as much sun and the picking was late so I advise…and this is where Jane MacQuitty put her boot into the whole sommelier mystery tour in her article in the Times basically saying outside of most of what I have said above and some more she really didn’t get the whole sommelier thing and found it a total mostly unnessesary overkill.
And one could add is the wine industry overloaded with “experts”, certainly compared with twenty years ago it appears the numbers just keep rising .
What do readers on here think ?