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Jeunes Sommeliers Competition

The format of the competition will be based on the Advanced Sommelier Exam conducted by the Court of Master Sommeliers. The format will feature three areas of examination. These areas are Theory, Practical and Blind Tasting. The exam format may be modified as deemed necessary by the Judges.

It is a two tier (semi-final and final) competition with the final open to the public. The final will take place in the afternoon.

Only the Judges and the Competitor are to be in the exam room. There are to be no observers in the testing room.

Theory Testing

The Theory section will consist of a written theory exam that may include short answer, multiple choice or essay questions. Knowledge in all areas of wine production, laws, viticulture and vinification, as well as spirits, beers, ales, ciders, port and sherry may be tested. The Theory section will have a maximum one hour time limit. 

Pratical Skills Testing

The Practical Skills section is a station based service performance exam that may include Decanting, Champagne Service, appropriate glassware choices, blind Spirit Identification of crafted beverages (by nose) and other real world tasks. The Judges will provide the spirits. The Practical Skills section is characterized by a reasonable time limit at each task station. It is a role-playing exercise requiring full restaurant service skills, composure, dress and personal equipment.

Blind Tasting

The Blind Tasting section is a timed (twenty-five minutes) double blind tasting of four wines. The Judges shall provide the wines. Scoring will be done on the Master Sommelier deductive tasting method. Scores will be assigned for assessment by sight, nose, and palate and by initial and final conclusions of each wine. In order to protect the integrity of the Blind Tasting section, the identity of the wines will not be revealed until after the exam.