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Wine Spectator: Questions Surrounding Blind-Tasting Exam Leave 23 New Master Sommeliers in Limbo

October 12, 2018

The Master Sommelier certification, which has become a symbol of high achievement in the restaurant and hospitality industries, became embroiled in intrigue and heartbreak October 9. The board of directors for the organization that administers the test in the U.S., the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, announced it would be voiding the results of its 2018 deductive blind-tasting exam, which was held in September.

Chairman Devon Broglie announced in an email to organization members that the board had received “a report from outside legal counsel” Oct. 5 that a Master Sommelier had improperly disclosed information about the wines in the blind tasting. The board chose, in a unanimous vote, to invalidate the Master Sommelier title for all 23 diploma recipients who had passed the tasting portion in 2018. Wine Spectator has the full story.—Ben O’Donnell

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