Deductive Tasting Workshop

The Deductive Tasting Method Workshop

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas first presents the Deductive Tasting Method at the Introductory Course, where students build confidence by speaking in front of their peers. 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 22 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.


2022 Deductive Tasting Method Workshop $499
Price subject to change in 2023


About the Deductive Tasting Method Workshop

During this workshop, expect to:

- Reinforce the importance of the Deductive Tasting Method using grape varieties from the Certified Sommelier Examination.

- Gain confidence using the Deductive Tasting Method by understanding the importance of cause and effect.

- Increase understanding of the link between theory and tasting.

- Experience several different perspectives by engaging multiple Master Sommeliers in a small group setting.

- Engage with other like-minded students studying for the Certified Sommelier Examination.

- Calibrate and improve tasting technique, experience, and vocabulary.


Who May Attend?

This new 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.


Candidate must be prepared to attend from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; there is a midday no-host lunch break.


CMS-A Introductory Course and Exam Scholarship: In tandem with our ongoing pledge to provide a more inclusive, accessible, and flexible wine education for students, and in solidarity with an industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic, the CMS-A Diversity Committee is awarding an initial 100 scholarships to US and International students over the next twelve months for the online Introductory Sommelier Course and Exam. This scholarship will be available to BIPOC, individuals identifying as women, LGBTQ+, and those in financial need. The scholarship may be applied to any future in-person CMS-A Introductory Sommelier Course and Examination or the upcoming Online Course for the period of April 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023. Applications for those currently enrolled in the Course, or for those who have completed the Course within the past 3 years will not be eligible. The Q1-2023 round of scholarship applications opens December 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM PST and closes February 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST. Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2023. For additional information and to submit an application please go to

Guild of Sommelier Education Foundation: SommFoundation offers scholarship opportunities to those working toward success with the Court of Master Sommeliers. They offer scholarships for the Introductory, Advanced, and Masters. Currently, they do not provide scholarships for the Deductive Tasting Workshop. Please visit their website at for more information.

Aloha Wine Foundation: The Aloha Wine foundation will be awarding 3 scholarships of $500 to aspiring sommeliers towards their wine certification examinations. The application window will close at the end of August. Scholarship money can be used towards any official wine course / exam such as WSET, Society of Wine Educators, Court of Master Sommeliers. Proof of taking the course or exam. To submit an application go to For more information on the Aloha Foundation please visit