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The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas welcomes 10 new members

Ten new members were accepted into The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas this month, out of 45 hopeful candidates. 

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas welcomes 10 new members

A total of 45 individuals from 16 states and 3 countries attempted the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination proctored by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas.

Just 10 of those successfully met the qualifications to be awarded the title of Master Sommelier.

The results were announced at the Krug Reception on August 31, 2022, at the Royal Sonesta in Portland, Oregon.

Emily Wine, MS, chair of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, said of the new members: “Today we celebrate the success of the ten new Master Sommeliers and we also applaud the incredible efforts of all the candidates who sat for this rigorous examination. We are inspired by their dedication to the intense studying and pursuit of this certification. We are excited for the ten new Master Sommeliers to join us as we continue to create an impactful and modern organisation.”

Additionally, the Court of Master Sommeliers, Europe welcomed Pierre Marie Pattieu, Jackson Family Wines, Hong Kong to their organization this month.

The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination consists of three sections: a verbal theory examination, a wine assessment exercise using the Deductive Tasting Method, and a practical component that focuses on hospitality, beverage service, salesmanship, and overall business acumen. Candidates must receive passing scores in each section to earn the highly coveted Master Sommelier title.

Julie Cohen Theobold, executive director of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, added: “We are so excited to welcome these new Master Sommeliers. They not only demonstrate their mastery of our beverage service industry, but they also reflect the vision of our organization as we continue our commitment to leading the industry with integrity.”

The list of new members includes:

Tyler Alden, Barking Frog, Everett, WA
Martin Beally, Canlis, Seattle, WA
Pablo Braida, Monarch Restaurant, Dallas, TX
Julie Dalton, Post Oak Hotel, Houston, TX
Erik Elliott, Heitz Cellar, Napa Valley, CA
Christopher Gaither, Ungrafted & Glu Glu, San Francisco, CA
Maddy Jimerson, Casa Tua, Aspen, CO
Alexander Powell, Grill 23, Boston, MA
Christopher Ramelb, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Honolulu, HI
Scott Turnbull, Winebow, Calistoga, CA

Last year the Court of Master Sommeliers came under fire after allegations of sexual misconduct were reported against a number of its members. Six Master Sommeliers were evicted following an independent investigation into the issue. To read more about that, click here.

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