“The goal is to promote the role of sommelier among industry professionals and to create awareness among the general public,” said John Szabo, master sommelier. “The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to compete at the national level, then the Pan-American level and, if all goes extremely well, on to the world stage.”
The biennial competition tests skills in a written examination covering every area of the trade, followed by a service examination that tests the candidate’s ability to serve, decant, make wine and food pairing suggestions, taste and recognize wines and spirits — all while showcasing astute professionalism.
Applications and fee payments of $50 from CAPS members are due by midnight May 23 in time for the June 7 qualifying round. The location of the qualifying and final competition is yet to be announced.
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