SOMM (SIFF 2013)

Master Sommelier. A distinction that many have aspired to, but only a very few have achieved. Specifically, less than 200 people worldwide have passed the rigorous testing process. SOMM takes you behind the scenes with a handful of candidates as they prepare, and ultimately sit for, the most difficult test you’ve never heard of. This is a fascinating and intimate look into their lives through late-night study sessions, mountains of flashcards, and glass after glass of blind tastings. Highly recommended!

Provided Film Synopsis
The Master Sommelier exam is a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world: fewer than 200 people have taken it successfully since 1966. SOMM follows four Master Sommelier hopefuls as they prepare for two years in order to spend 25 minutes on a blind tasting, along with an oral theory exam and a practical service exam. While the film is cognizant of the depth of knowledge represented by the exam and the Court of Master Sommeliers that administers it, a healthy amount of irreverent humor provides a welcome reprieve from some of the obsession and intensity involved in the process-humor that often comes from the mouths of the prospective test-takers themselves. There is also, of course, plenty of focus on wine itself, with interviews from industry professionals and loving images of wine (and some breaking of wineglasses). SOMM was the opening night film at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Jason Wise
  • Cast Members:

    • Andrea Cecci
    • Bo Barrett
    • Brian McClintic
    • Dave Cauble
    • DLynn Proctor
    • Dustin Wilson
    • Ian Cauble
    • Sabato Sagaria
    • Shayn Bjornholm
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
  • Genres:

    • Documentary