Somm

Somm

DVD - 2013
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Takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers and their massively intimidating master sommelier exam.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Wise, Jason
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BlueHippo
Sep 09, 2017

This is not a movie that attempts to teach you much about wine-it is the story of some young men who are working on this designation. I thought it was quite interesting to see what the process is for getting this designation - had no idea they never learn what the wines are they are asked to taste for their test -that must be maddening! A little slow in spots, but overall I found it entertaining and informative!

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LSbook
Mar 14, 2016

Somm shows that the pursuit of the wine expert designation (Master Sommelier) puts one's geographical and weather knowledge to use while identifying wines. Curious look at the world of wines and titles. Definitely affects one's social relationships.
Recommend viewing this DVD alongside the Kings of Pastry DVD-another professional pursuit that happens every four years.

ChampionMDR Jul 01, 2015

The overall jist I got from this advertisement for the glorification of "somms," is how hard the winos are trying to elevate their profession by using flowery language that the supposedly "unknowing" public will pay hommage to (-; One interesting point made, however, is that wine started out as a way to purify water. I had no idea about that.

Briefly, this is a "light bodied flick that could use a bit of aging of its own... "

Annemarie_F Nov 02, 2014

Perhaps a little too long but I learned a great deal about sommeliers.

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sommelier
Oct 07, 2014

I found this to be a very good documentary on what to expect from the Master's program. I passed the advanced in '91 and attempted the Master's in '93 so I understand what they are attempting. It also gave me a good insight into why there are so many Americans that have passed now as the coaching they are recieving is invaluable. I don't believe the same kind of assistance is available in europe. A training group and the coaching that seems to be available there is something that wasn't available before. Also the Court is not associated with any schools so they do not lower their standards to get people to pass. In fact there have been years where they had exams and no one passed (England circa '83).
So if your interested in knowing what it's like to test at a top international level it's a good movie to see.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2013

Super boring with too much footage on mundane pointless scenes about the four candidates...it should cut in half its footage from 93 minutes and leaves plenty of time to distill the idea of their MS pursuit and to keep viewer's interest. (For those interested in wine, there is a fictional "A Heavenly Vintage" movie."

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