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Michael Horne

There are many job options out there for Sommelier grads from organizations with respected credentials. The obvious ones that come to mind are staff Sommelier at a restaurant, cellar manager/buyer, wine sales at a distributor — these are all direct selling/buying of wine in the hospitality sectors.

You can also build a career and business as a wine list consultant — someone who researches and develops wine lists tailored to the cuisine of a specific restaurant. That requires you to build a relationship with the distributors and importers as well.

Some Sommeliers also branch out into teaching, either local wine appreciation courses or wine tours. This can be a fun way to share your passion for wine with budding wine lovers.

Regardless of your choice, having the base-level Sommelier Certification is important and will help open doors. Just be sure to get certified from an organization with respected credentials. Hope that helps.


Michael Horne, CS
Los Gatos, CA USA