Deductive Tasting Method Workshop

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The Deductive Tasting Method

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas first presents the Deductive Tasting Method at the Introductory Course. At the Deductive Tasting Method Workshop, students hone their analytical blind tasting skills through a series of small group tastings and lectures. Learning to extract a logical conclusion from evidence in the glass is a key skill necessary for success at the Certified Sommelier Examination and beyond.

This intensive one-day workshop offers the opportunity to taste 24 examples of classic wines from around the world. The workshop will focus on the “cause and effect” analysis of each wine, which will help students understand why classic wines taste the way they do.

Themed flights of wine have been put together to help calibrate the student’s palate to varying levels of alcohol, acidity, oak, and tannin, as well as define regional and varietal markets.

Who May Attend?

The Deductive Tasting Method Workshop is geared toward students preparing for the Certified Sommelier Examination. The workshop is elective, not a mandatory program.

Students applying for this workshop must have taken the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course.


Candidates must be prepared to attend the one-day workshop from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, with a midday no-host lunch break.

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