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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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Latest Happenings

  • CMS-A Reference List of Industry Assistance Initiatives

    The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas is dedicated to our community and supports the missions of the following organizations working to make this time less difficult for many sommeliers and other industry workers. Please continue to check back as we continue to post additional national and location initiatives.

    - The United Sommeliers Foundation
    - The Independent Restaurant Coalition
    - United States Bartenders Guild
    - Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
    - California Wineries & Vineyards Sommelier Assistance
    - James Beard- Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
    - CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees

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  • CMS-A Programming Update - Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

    We are closely monitoring national, state and local efforts to respond to COVID-19. Despite what appears to be incremental improvements in the spread of the virus and an easing of state and local restrictions, we have suspended all programming through July 31 to protect the health and safety of our students, candidates and Master Sommeliers.
    We want to accommodate our candidates as best as we can as this situation evolves. It is our intent to reschedule programs for later this year, but at this time we do not know if we will be able to do so. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Affected candidates will have the option of transferring to another program later in the year or receiving a full refund.
    We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make informed decisions about programming scheduled after July 31, 2020 in the coming weeks. Please address questions to Executive Director Kathleen Lewis at or (707) 255-5056 x11. 
    For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website ( or your state or local health authority.
    Update 5/12/2020

    2020 Schedule