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Definition[edit]

That's it. Sommelier. That's the definition of sommelier. The rest is the care of wines, a separate topic. Wetman 06:00, 13 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Pronunciation: Is there a difference between English and French pronunciations? Is there some disagreement on the number of syllables? These topics come up for me, frequently. wfbakker2 24 Dec 2004

Could we get someone to do an audio recording of the pronunciation? Thanks in advance. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.122.6.229 (talk) 04:05, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

"it has been opined that the role is strategically on a par with that of the executive chef or chef de cuisine" It doesn't sound right to link to a Sommelier association to back the statement, you wouldn't link to someones personal page to quote they are the greatest at something (not that I have an opinion on the statement) "it has been opined" has to be skimming close to weasel words https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_word , how about calling it as is, the Sommeliers Australia page thanks/says/whatever — Preceding unsigned comment added by 54.240.193.1 (talk) 02:53, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Qualifications[edit]

Isn't a certification process involved in becoming a sommelier? Perhaps that could be detailed in the article.

The International Sommelier Guild is one of the certification schools to become an official Sommelier.

I believe that (among) the explicit qualifications for sommelier status are salesmanship--and I advise that that is worth pointing out. Getting people to pay 150 dollars for 25 cents worth of fermented grape juice isn't art, but marketing.

In my experience a sommelier tries very hard (and discreetly) to suss out the customer's budget and make recommendations within that. Also, 25 cents is bit of an underestimate, as it doesn't cover labour, demand, materials (did you know that a single barrel of new oak costs 500 Euro?), and so on. — Saxifrage 18:12, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

I am a sommelier. A sommelier is absolutly NOT a wine steward. It is a professional titel meaning handling of ALL beverages not only wine and you are required to know ALL beverages not only wine. plese edit the definition text as this should bu no means be hard to verify. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.36.44.92 (talk) 18:31, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Someone in the know[edit]

Perhaps someone in the know here would like to fix up 'wine degustation' as it's seems to me that sommeliers would probably would be the waiter who's in charge of the wine.

'wine degustation' - is when you taste a wine and take a small amount of air while/after you sip the wine. This brings the wine all over your mouth and to your taste sensorys on your tounge to distinguish fruit profile, bitter, salty, sweet, sour, and tart. And this gives you the impression of balance, body, and structure of the wine.
Someone please remove the comment about 25 cents for fermented wine. this person obviously doesn't like or know anything about wine. thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rewsf (talkcontribs)
Please avoid erasing or writing over comments when you leave your own, and try to sign your messages. I've restored the question you were answering. As for the comment above about 25 cents, this page isn't the article and people can say what they like. — Saxifrage 15:16, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Important tool photo[edit]

The image of the "important tool" doesn't mention what it is called. What is this device?

The "important tool" image is a wine bottle opener(a corkscrew). It has a knife at the other end to cut the foil off before opening the bottle.

What is the medallion around their necks?[edit]

Certain sommeliers at the most chichi restaurants I've been to wear a chain around their necks, with a huge medallion (e.g. http://www.fotosearch.com/thumb/PDS/PDS104/200120149-001.jpg). What is it called, and what does it signify? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.135.215.134 (talk) 03:12, 25 January 2007 (UTC).

it is a Tastevin. Natelipkowitz 14:39, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

To clarify the previous answer, a TASTEVIN is a small, shallow tasting vessel, often made of silver, which is used by sommeliers to assess wines prior to service. The dimples allow for contemplation of the wine's color. It's often considered to be quite a pretentious item. 65.34.228.144 (talk) 23:14, 24 May 2008 (UTC)Shelley S

Tipping?[edit]

From a wine ignoramus

I no longer drink, but do occasionally dine in restaurants where sommeliers provide service. I've been given a rash of percentages that are considered "appropriate" for these services. Does anyone have the straight skinny on the proper compensation for sommelier services?

TNX in advance. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 68.121.69.97 (talk) 15:16, 19 March 2007 (UTC).

Give the guy a buck and ask him to go get a shoe shine. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.118.235.46 (talk) 16:58, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

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