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Jason Wise's documentary Somm follows four young men and their quest to take one of the most difficult career tests ever devised. In order to be a master sommelier, you need to know every growing region, grape, varietal, and vintage from around the world. You also need to know the ins and outs of service, how to deal with customers, and wine and food pairings. But hardest of all, you have to have developed the ability to taste six unknown wines and describe all the aromas and flavors and then determine the exact grape, growing region, and vintage.
Somm is a fascinating look at four guys, their relationship with each other, and the grueling hours they put into studying for their master sommelier diploma. Before they even walk into the room for the first part of the test, they know there is about a 95 percent chance of failure. Some people take the test four, five, or six times. In fact, in the forty-year history of the certification program, fewer than two hundred have earned the right to be called master sommelier.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, admit that you'll never really know anything about wine, and get a newfound respect for the profession of sommelier. This is one of those don't-miss films for anyone who has ever opened a bottle of wine.