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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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  • CMS-A Online Introductory Sommelier Course and Exam

    Register now for our new online Introductroy Sommelier Course and Exam. Additional programming dates will posted to the website and open for registration every two weeks! This programming is part of the CMS-A’s ongoing restructuring to create more inclusivity, accessibility, and flexibility in wine education for candidates, students, and the community at large. As a pledge to this mission and in solidarity with an industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic, the CMS-A Diversity Committee will offer 100 scholarships to the online Introductory Sommelier Course to BIPOC, Women, and those in financial need. For additional information and to submit a SCHOLARSHIP application please go to

  • Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Names Dynamic Nonprofit Leader as its Executive Director

    Julie Cohen TheobaldKey Appointment Accelerates Organization’s Evolution to Create More Equitable Space for Wine Education

    The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas announces the appointment of Julie Cohen Theobald as the organization's incoming Executive Director, effective September 7th, 2021. A transformational and energizing visionary with an extensive background in nonprofits and corporate leadership, Theobald will spearhead efforts and work alongside the Board of Directors for continued positive change within the organization.

    "I am excited to join the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and help to further the organization’s growth and evolution in this important period of change. The Court has a significant leadership opportunity to not only set the standard in the sommelier community but influence the broader beverage and hospitality industries. Working with the Board of Directors, I hope to bring a new vision to life in reshaping this historic wine education and examination body into an organization that is more inclusive, accessible, and transparent while upholding the values of integrity, exemplary knowledge, and humility. I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to the challenge of achieving lasting progress within the organization,” says Theobald.


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  • Advanced Sommelier Examination – July 12-14, 2021 Phoenix, AZ

    The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas congratulates the following 8 new Advanced Sommeliers - Sarah Byrne, Thijs Hoek, Brandon Koenigsknecht, Michael Miller, Daniel Pendleton, Denise Pond, Daniel Steiner, and Brian Teague.