140 words: Somm


Four American sommeliers attempt to pass one of the hardest entry exams in the world; the Master Sommelier.

Before I watched Somm I thought sommeliers were guys/girls that knew more than most about wine and who got pissed at work. Oh, how I was wrong.

This documentary paints a picture of dedication at the cost of everything in the lives of the examinee. These guys spend HOURS a day revising, and until the early hours of the morning. The information they have to know about wine, grapes and regions verges on the absolutely bizarre. One thing that wasn’t mentioned was the fact they were drinking alcohol; obviously there are dangers with that, which I felt was a big thing to miss out.

Somm was definitely worth the rental, and I’m about to pop a New Zealand sauvignon blanc in honour!


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