The plain and simple truth is that anybody can taste wine and say whether it’s good or not. But a licensed wine taster, one that becomes a judge, or at the very least, is paid to taste wine, has a few requirements.
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Interested individuals can take classes that can last from a few weeks to a few years. Sommeliers, Master of Wine, and Certified Specialist in Wine are some courses that are offered. Prospective wine tasters just need to be sure that the courses they take, and the institutions that offer it are credible.
Now, if prospective wine tasters don’t feel that formal education is the way to go, they can consider an apprenticeship. Buying from stores, working for wine distributors and small restaurants, participating in daily tastings, and other avenues can be open to those who choose apprenticeship.
Winemaking courses are taught formally, but these courses do not have wine tasting as a major subject. Wine tasting classes are offered as alternatives.
One of the most common ways of becoming a wine taster is to teach oneself the art. Books are good supplements to literally tasting any wine. Self-taught individuals would do good to document their exploits and experiences.
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