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The Court of Master Sommeliers sets the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry with integrity, exemplary knowledge, and humility.

The Court of Master Sommeliers elevates the quality of beverage service throughout the hospitality industry with our peerless credentials. We expand the rich heritage of our organization through mentorship, rigorous preparation and examination. We chart the course for current and future Master Sommeliers worldwide.

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  • Building A Safer Community for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas


    October 29, 2020

    Fellow Sommeliers –

    The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and the current Board of Directors appreciate the courage it takes to step forward when someone’s conduct fails to live up to the principles of common courtesy and professionalism. Every person should feel safe and valued at all times, and the current CMS-A Board of Directors is actively working to make the organization a more respectful and inclusive space with the highest standards of professional conduct and integrity.

    Humble hospitality is at the core of being a sommelier, and it is one of the cornerstone values of our organization. All members of our community deserve to be educated and have an examination experience that is free of marginalization or inappropriate conduct by any individual. The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas does not condone the actions of any individuals described in the recent New York Times article. This Board upholds any discipline already handed down and will investigate all accusations outlined in the article. The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas is committed to receiving, investigating, and resolving all instances of misconduct involving the organization.

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