A Sommelier is a wine specialist, but can also act as a wine tester. A sommelier typically works in a big restaurant or a luxurious hotel, but can also be employed by a wine making or selling company. An increasing demand of well-trained Sommeliers occurs in a lot of countries in the world, even those where wine is not necessarily a traditional product.
Being a Sommelier does not only rely on knowledge of different wines and wine producing territories, but also requires to be an efficient taster and being able to recognize different tastes and aromas within a specific wine.
The Sommelier will often be assigned the task of advising clients on which wines suits their needs, and has to be able to describe the taste of the wine, recommend dishes to be served along with it or even explain how the wine is produced. To be a good Sommelier, you will need the following skills:
- Have good communication skills and be able to advise and persuade clients in their wine purchases
- Have a good memory
- A refined palette