OCCUPATION THESAURUS

SOMMELIER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A sommelier is a wine master who typically works in a fine dining restaurant, helping guests choose a wine to go with their meal. Their knowledge goes way beyond simply suggesting the right pairing, however, since they have to know and be able to recognize many different types of wine. They may bring out several options and refill glasses when requested, as well as take inventory of the restaurant's wine and restock it as needed. Some sommeliers parlay their expertise into a teaching career, sharing their knowledge through seminars, published articles, or private tasting events.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Sommeliers can take a variety of courses to gain their designation and must take four examinations that include written and practical portions, including a blind tasting to identify various kinds and qualities of wine. The fourth examination is to obtain the rank of master, and according to the Court of Master Sommeliers, fewer than 300 people have earned this prestigious title since its inception, making it a very difficult rank to obtain.

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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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