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Catherine Fallis MS

Master Sommelier, Planet Grape

Master Sommelier! In the world of wine, that's a really big deal. No kidding. The Master Sommelier Diploma, granted by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is the ultimate credential a wine professional can attain, worldwide.

And getting the Master Sommelier credential is hard. Really hard! To earn their diploma a candidate has to learn production methods of wines and spirits, international wine laws, harmony of food and wine, wine tasting skills, and practical service and salesmanship, including service of liqueurs, brandies, ports, even cigars. Then, in a blind tasting of six wines in only twenty-five minutes, candidates must correctly identify grape varieties, country and region of origin, age, and quality. You gotta know your stuff for sure to pass that test!

Although hundreds begin very few candidates successfully complete the Court of Master Sommeliers program. Even fewer earn their credentials. Only 140 in the United States, for a total of 219 worldwide (and of those, only 21 are women.) Undeniably, Catherine is one of the very best. 

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