Japan Introductory Course, Toyko

In an exciting leap forward, the Certified Master Sommeliers – Americas recently concluded its inaugural CMS-A course in Japan on February 3-4, 2024. This marks a significant milestone for CMS-A’s global presence, especially in the dynamic Asian market.


Guided by Master Sommeliers Christopher Bates, Michael Meagher, Patrick Okubo, and “hometown hero” Yuki Hirose, and in collaboration with our valued partner Caplan Wine Academy, the CMS-A curated an educational week of activities, including a blind tasting workshop and a reception for the community. The course earned praise for its comprehensive curriculum and engaging delivery, with 18 students passing the Introductory Sommelier Examination. Notably, the integration of Wordly AI live translation enhanced the learning experience, showcasing CMS-A’s dedication to inclusivity in wine education.


As CMS-A continues to educate hospitality professionals worldwide, we are committed to expanding access to wine education globally, ensuring aspiring sommeliers from all corners of the world have the opportunity to excel in their careers.