How to Start Working as a Sommelier

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How to Start Working as a Sommelier

There is no question that any wine waiter or waitress can recommend a wine for diners to enjoy. Yet, for those who truly enjoy pairing wines with different foods and are looking for a career doing so there is a job for you. In fine dining restaurants around the country there has been a push to bring in Sommeliers to help patrons pair the perfect wines, beers, spirits, and tobaccos to complement their food choices. While finding an experienced Sommelier in big cities is not too difficult, smaller cities often have a harder time finding qualified Sommeliers. This presents an excellent opportunity for those eager to learn the process to find work across the country.

To qualify as a Sommelier does not necessarily require any formal education nor a certification. As with many professions, having a degree or certification may be a job requirement for an employer or necessary for higher level positions. Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degrees in the Culinary Arts and even Restaurant or Hospitality Management are good courses when working towards a career as a Sommelier. In place of or in addition to a formal degree from an accredited college would be a Sommelier Certification program. Sommelier Certification courses are offered by such organizations such as North American Sommelier Association, National Wine School and International Wine & Spirits Guild.

A basic certification can typically be completed within a few days by completing a short course and an examination. Certification courses may only take a few days but this is enough to earn a beginners certification. Courses will vary in length and cost. You can expect Sommelier Certification courses to cost $500 and up depending on the courses you choose. To earn a Master Sommelier Certification you should expect to invest many years learning and understanding the trade with the guidance of existing Master Sommeliers and earning more advanced certifications along the way.

As a Sommelier you can improve upon your skills by practicing serving and pouring wine. Read wine, spirits and other culinary magazines to stay on top of the trends within the industry. You will want to understand proper dining etiquette and present yourself in a professional manner. Be well groomed and have strong interpersonal communication skills as you will be dealing with all levels of wine experts when serving a table. Look for networking opportunities to meet and talk with other Sommeliers. There are online communities such as Guildsomm where wine professionals can discuss a variety of topics with other individuals in the business.

A Wine Sommeliers salary may be made up from multiple sources including a base salary, bonuses, profit sharing and commissions. Sommelier salaries can be anywhere from $30,000 to $45,000 per year. With more experience, a Master Sommelier can see annual earnings in the $70,000 range. Now invite some friends over and get to work practicing your wine serving skills.

    • Sommelier ($9 per hour + service charge)
      The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, CO, USA
      ... establish sommelier recommendation, and check pricing is up to date and maintain clean, error-free wine lists by constantly updating and reprinting 路 Work with restaurant chef on menu and ...
    • Steakhouse Manager/Sommelier
      Casino Del Sol Tucson, AZ, USA
      Steakhouse Manager/Sommelier Department: Food and Beverage (F&B) Job Summary: Ensures a high quality food and wine experience along with exceptional guest service by successfully managing the ...
    • Sommelier
      Le Jardinier Houston, TX, USA
      A Sommelier is responsible for always providing prompt and friendly food and beverage service to our guests by following the restaurant brand standard. This role will set the stage for the experience ...
    • Lead Sommelier
      Hyatt Napa, CA, USA
      Previous Sommelier / extensive Wine knowledge required.
    • Sommelier
      John Howie Restaurants Seattle, WA, USA
      The John Howie Restaurant Group is expanding our wine team and is seeking a passionate, humble and knowledgeable Sommelier. Hourly wage (commensurate with experience) and gratuities - 401K and health ...
    • Sommelier
      LPM Restaurant & Bar Miami, FL, USA
      To report complaints to the Restaurant Manager, Senior or Head Sommelier * To ensure all Basic Minimum Standards are constantly executed in all areas * To support and be fully aware of the POS system
    • Sommelier
      Donut Shop Kaufman, TX, USA
      As a sommelier, you'll be responsible for the overall direction of the wine program. You should be personable and able to communicate with guests with varying levels of wine knowledge. You view ...
    • Sommelier
      HiFi Wine Bar by Martin Woods McMinnville, OR, USA
      Martin Woods winery is launching HiFi wine bar in May/June. HiFi will be the high profile ground zero wine bar hangout for the Willamette Valley wine industry and visitors alike. The focus is an ...
    • Sommelier-Fine Dining II
      Marriott Santa Barbara, CA, USA
      Posting Date Mar 10, 2021 Job Number 21019997 Job Category Food and Beverage & Culinary Location The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara, 8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, California, United States ...
    • Wine Steward / Sommelier / Server
      Wilhelm Family Vineyards Tucson, AZ, USA
      Wilhelm Family Vineyards operates a Tucson foothills Wine Bar / Bistro offering our venue for private events, boutique tapas menu and wine bar. See more information on our website at WilhelmVineyards ...
    • Sommelier
      The Boardroom Whisky and Cigar Lounge Fort Worth, TX, USA
      As a sommelier, you'll be responsible for the overall direction of the cigar program. You should be personable and able to communicate with guests with varying levels of wine knowledge. You view ...
    • Sommelier
      Buttons Restaurant Fort Worth, TX, USA
      The ultimate grape connoisseur, you'll play cupid and match wine with the perfect food. You'll likely develop a wine program at a restaurant, and hop on your soap box when guests ask you which bottle ...
    • Sommelier/Service Staff
      Trova Wine + Market Dallas, TX, USA
      Trova Wine + Market is looking for friendly and approachable service industry professionals to provide wine & retail guest services within our new University Park location. Ideal candidates will have ...
    • Bartender/Servers
      CLINK Wine Bar + Bites Flower Mound, TX, USA
      CLINK Wine Bar + Bites is looking for bartenders and servers to work hand and hand with the owner, sommelier, other bartenders and kitchen staff to serve customers. The successful candidate will have ...
    • Bartender
      La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen Gilbert, AZ, USA
      Associated topics: ayudante de camarero de bar, barback, barista, bartender, license, liquor, martini, mixologist, sommelier, tequila
    • Seeking Experienced Bartenders
      June's Austin, TX, USA
      Partner & Master Sommelier June Rodil serves her favorite wines to complement chefs Larry McGuire & Tom Moorman's eclectic Texas-euro menu. In 2017, Food and Wine Magazine named us one of the years ...
    • Bartender
      CLINK Wine Bar + Bites Flower Mound, TX, USA
      CLINK Wine Bar + Bites is looking for bartenders to work hand and hand with the owner, sommelier, other bartenders and kitchen staff to serve customers. The successful candidate will have a passion ...
    • Bartender Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar (Pottsboro)
      Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Pottsboro, TX, USA
      ... sommelier
    • SERVERS & BARTENDERS
      Shore Raw Bar & Grill Austin, TX, USA
      Wine and Spirits knowledge a plus - training provided by our Sommelier * Must have an open schedule * Must obtain City of Austin Food Handler Certificate and TABC Certificate * Excellent TIPS
    • Bartender
      Sky Blossom Dallas, TX, USA
      Associated topics: barista, bartender, beer, beverage service, club bartender, pool, pub bartender, shots, sommelier, wine
    • Bartender
      Prot茅g茅 Palo Alto, CA, USA
      Deductive Wine Tasting Group hosted weekly by Master Sommelier, Dennis Kelly * 2 consecutive days off every week (closed Sunday & Monday) * We cover 50% of your Kaiser Permanente 'Bronze 60' HMO ...
    • Bartender
      June's All Day Austin, TX, USA
      Partner & Master Sommelier June Rodil serves her favorite wines to complement chefs Larry McGuire & Tom Moorman's eclectic Texas-euro menu. In 2017, Food and Wine Magazine named us one of the years ...
    • Wine Steward
      Giant Eagle Cleveland, OH, USA
      Certificate from a sommelier organization, such as The Court of Master Sommeliers is strongly preferred * Lifting Requirement: Up to 50 pounds * Age Requirement: At least 21 years of age Job ...
    • Wine Director
      Private Listing Saint Helena, CA, USA
      Qualified candidates will possess: 4+ years experience in Wine Program Management Previous experience as a Floor Sommelier, Maitre d', Server or Bartender A strong understanding of the Napa Valley ...
    • Food and Beverage Supervisor
      Salish Lodge & Spa Snoqualmie, WA, USA
      ... Sommelier guild Wine Fundamentals 1 or 2 or other certifications) not required, but a plus The ability to read, write and speak English fluently is required to read, analyze, and interpret ...
    • Food & Beverage Manager
      Proper Hospitality San Francisco, CA, USA
      San Francisco Proper Hotel is looking for an Assistant General Manager/Sommelier for its new concept of Tapas & Wine Bar: La Bande. San Francisco Proper's new Executive Chef is Jason Fox, former chef ...
    • Executive Director
      The Moran Company Executive Search Santa Barbara, CA, USA
      Court of Master Sommelier, Americas (Remote position) Organizational Background Established over 40 years ago, the Court of Master Sommeliers is the premier institution for improving the standards of ...
    • Winery Ambassador
      Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery Dayton, OR, USA
      Acts as the lead Sommelier role in events at the winery performing all duties as needed to help ensure successful execution of events. Takes responsibility for assigned areas and teams to strengthen ...
    • Lounge Senior Manager
      Domaine Serene Wine Lounge Bend Bend, OR, USA
      Mentors and leads Ambassador, Sommelier, Wine Specialist, hospitality support, culinary and Guest Services teams on ongoing priorities, monthly sales and club goals, systems, allocations, cost of ...
    • Tasting Room Manager
      King Estate Winery Eugene, OR, USA
      Sommelier certification or WSET preferred but not required 路 Computer skills including Revel, Tock, Gather, POS software and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) highly preferred 路 Ability ...
    • Restaurant General Manager - Elevated Service - Los Angeles New Opening - JN -042021-55777
      Goodwin Recruiting Los Angeles, CA, USA
      Minimum of Level 1 Sommelier Certification * Working knowledge of Resy, guest reservation, and communication management system preferred General Manager Benefits: * Reasonable relocation support
    • Host - PT
      June's Austin, TX, USA
      Partner & Master Sommelier June Rodil serves her favorite wines to complement chefs Larry McGuire & Tom Moorman's eclectic Texas-euro menu. In 2017, Food and Wine Magazine named us one of the years ...
    • Front of House Manager
      Crafted Concepts Denver, CO, USA
      Level 1 Sommelier * Understanding of RSI and ALOHA * Coursing and Wine/Food Pairings * Coaching/Mentoring staff * Career driven, with ambitions to grow within the company * Ability to write schedules
    • Restaurant General Manager - NEW JOB - FINE DINING!
      Gecko Hospitality Indianapolis, IN, USA
      We are looking for an outstanding Leader who is a Level 1 Sommelier. If this is you and you want to be our next General Manager for our Company, Apply Today for our location in Indianapolis, IN
    • Lead Server
      Fulton Market Kitchen Chicago, IL, USA
      Ideal Candidate will posses the following requirements: - Strong service background in a similar position - Sommelier experience or like wine education to oversee wine program development ...
    • Restaurant General Manager
      BottleTaps Pleasanton, CA, USA
      Cicerone or Sommelier preferred. Cicerone training will be required and provided after hire. * Efficiency with Google programs (Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, Sheets). Skills & Aptitudes * Detail ...
    • Wine Bar Server
      CR脷 Food & Wine Bar - Watters Creek (Allen) Allen, TX, USA
      Sommelier Test Reimbursement CR脷 Food & Wine Bar is committed and dedicated to cultivating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will ...
    • Servers, Cooks, and Manager
      Vintage Vine 100 Franklin, TN, USA
      ... Sommelier coordinating food for events, tastings or education classes Please submit your application and Tell Us Why You Think This Position Would Be a Good Fit for You! Job Type: Full-time and ...
    • Bar Manager
      Pier 115 LLC Edgewater, NJ, USA
      Fine dining experience preferred; bonus points for sommelier training, bar experience, etc. Ideal candidate will have been a front of house manager for at least 5 years, and a bar manager for 3+ ...
    • Experienced Servers and ONE Awesome Bar Back!
      Oishii Restaurant Dallas, TX, USA
      Fabian Hernandez General Manager and Certified Sommelier Oishii Restaurant
    • Oishii Wycliff Guest Services Team
      Dallas Oishii Restaurant, LLC Dallas, TX, USA
      Fabian Hernandez General Manager & Certified Sommelier Dallas Oishii Restaurant, LLC
    • Restaurant General Manager - Fine Dining Restaurant
      Gecko Hospitality Destin, FL, USA
      Sommelier is strongly preferred. * Safe and proper use of all equipment. * Laws related to truth in Menus, liquor liability, local health, and sanitation standards, and contract law * Knowledge of ...
    • Senior Wine Bar Associate
      Paradies Lagard猫re Travel Retail San Antonio, TX, USA
      Two to four years of total work experience is required in one of more of the following positions: manager or wine sommelier at a well respected full-service restaurant, manager or server at a wine ...
    • Adjunct Faculty, Hospitality and Service
      Sports Management Los Angeles, CA, USA
      Certified Sommelier preferred. * Valid TIPS or ServSafe Alcohol credential. * Valid ServSafe Manager credential. * Computer literate with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel. * Excellent interpersonal and ...
    • Server
      Hamptons Sumter, SC, USA
      Our General Manager, Michele Gargiulo is a CIA graduate and was formerly the Sommelier at the Four Season's Jean Georges in Philadelphia. As we are growing quickly, there are many opportunities to ...
    • Executive Chef
      Bird & Jim Estes Park, CO, USA
      Melissa Strong partnered with John Witmer, sommelier, wine director, and manager who was awarded recognition for his wine list year two buy Wine Spectator magazine. We have a great local following ...
    • Associate Product Manager, Perishable CGP (Aromas)
      Talent Merchants Buellton, CA, USA
      ... sommelier or broader wine experience) What You'll Receive middot Competitive base salary middot Medical, dental and vision benefits middot Vacation and Holidays 198-011
    • The League Chef De Cuisine
      Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Durant, OK, USA
      Coordinate and establish, with the sommelier, food and wine pairings. * Manage kitchen operations including organization of workloads, overseeing the preparation of food, managing inventory levels ...
    • Assistant General Manager
      Hutchinson Consulting San Francisco, CA, USA
      Prefer Level 1 Sommelier certification. * Must be ambitious and want to advance career. * Must be a team player with proven leadership expertise and favorable operating results. * Highly prefer SF ...
    • Fine Dining Server
      The Firehouse Restaurant Sacramento, CA, USA
      Premium pay for servers with Sommelier certification. This position is a rare opportunity! REQUIREMENTS * At least 5 years' server experience in fine dining required. * Food and beverage knowledge
    • General Manager
      Corrida Restaurant Boulder, CO, USA
      Certified sommelier with a passion for selling wine * Experience in purchasing, selling and managing an eclectic wine list Leadership Requirements * Must be able to maintain a positive and ...
    • Assistant Wine Store Manager
      Wegmans Food Markets Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
      Certified Sommelier * Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new situations and subject matters
    • Cashier / Stock / Sales Team Member $15/hour
      Total Wine Aurora, CO, USA
      WSE, Sommelier, or other industry certification preferred Physical Requirements (with or without accommodations) * Walk, bend down repeatedly, and be on feet for 8-10 hours a day * Climb ladders and ...
    • Server
      Stoic & Genuine Denver, CO, USA
      Candidates must have a solid foundation in wine and spirits, first level sommelier or equivalent is desired. The specific position will be heavily focused in our wine and spirits program. We welcome ...
    • Wine Sales Ambassador
      Newton Vineyard Los Angeles, CA, USA
      Wine certification (WSET 2 or 3) or Sommelier diploma are a plus * Business / Management Diplomas Leadership requirements * Entrepreneurial & risk-taking mindset, acting like a brand owner, with ...
    • Server
      OCTAVIA San Francisco, CA, USA
      Sommelier level wine knowledge strongly preferred *Weekend/ Monday availability required *Polished and professional demeanor *Positive, team-player mentality *Ability to take initiative and assist ...
    • Assistant General Manager
      Mina Group San Francisco, CA, USA
      Offer feedback to contribute to the Captains and Sommelier evaluations. * Ensure continuous improvement in quality of service, operational effectiveness, and employee retention and satisfaction
    • Bar-back
      Los Vaqueros Restaurant - Stockyards Fort Worth, TX, USA
      Associated topics: bar, brewtender, cocktail service, drink, liquor, mixologist, pool, pub bartender, sommelier, wine
    • Experienced Server, Server's Assistant
      Sushi Kappo Tamura Seattle, WA, USA
      Ideal candidates will posses the following skills and traits: + Minimum 2 years serving experience in a upscale restaurant + Certified sake specialist / Sommelier is a plus + Knowledge of Japanese ...
    • Looking for Servers Who Focus on the Guest Experience
      Urban Grub Nashville, TN, USA
      Benefits 路 Health insurance available for full time employees. 路 Repayment on any sommelier, bourbon steward or cicerone training course 路 Opportunity for growth as we expand our concepts. Servers ...
    • Bar-back
      The Yard McKinney TX McKinney, TX, USA
      Associated topics: barista, bartender, beer, beverage, cocktail, drink, license, pool, sommelier, wine
    • Assistant General Manager
      Mina Group Glendale, CA, USA
      Offer feedback to contribute to the Captains and Sommelier evaluations. * Ensure continuous improvement in quality of service, operational effectiveness, and employee retention and satisfaction
    • Somm/Server
      Noble Riot Denver, CO, USA
      MUST HAVE LEVEL 2, CERTIFIED SOMMELIER STATUS FROM THE HEAD COURT OF SOMMELIERS, OR EQUIVALENT. * Must have extensive knowledge of wine varietals, regions, and tasting notes. * Must have a great ...
    • Executive Assistant
      Private Company Austin, TX, USA
      ... sommelier to/from various storage facilities 鈥 Fine art purchases and related inventory tracking and storage management 鈥 Help plan and manage events to include working actively at the events ...
    • Auction Manager
      CRG Leadership Institute LLC Naples, FL, USA
      Work closely with the Auction Relations Coordinator to coordinate vintner, chef, and Master Sommelier participation and donations to the Festival and related events. * Responsible for communicating ...
    • Server Assistant / Host
      Uchi Denver Denver, CO, USA
      Continuing education reimbursement - sommelier, cicerone, sake professional * Opportunity to grow -- we promote from within almost exclusively * Knife reimbursement program and knife sharpening ...
    • Server
      Prot茅g茅 Palo Alto, CA, USA
      Deductive Wine Tasting Group hosted weekly by Master Sommelier, Dennis Kelly * 2 consecutive days off very week (closed Sunday and Monday) * We cover 50% of your Kaiser Permanente 'Bronze 60' HMO ...
    • Retail Sales and Service Associate
      Total Wine & More Seattle, WA, USA
      WSE, Sommelier, or other industry certification preferred Physical Requirements (with or without accommodations) * Walk, bend down repeatedly, and be on feet for 8-10 hours a day * Climb ladders and ...
    • Service Assistants for Uchi
      Uchi Austin Austin, TX, USA
      Continuing education reimbursement - sommelier, cicerone, sake professional * Opportunity to grow -- we promote from within almost exclusively * Knife reimbursement program and knife sharpening ...
    • Pastry Cook
      March & Rosie Cannonball Houston, TX, USA
      It will be thoughtful, purposeful, personal--from the standard of service to the extensive wine list that reflects the knowledge and passion of Master Sommelier June Rodil. The service at March will ...
    • Systems Operations Manager
      Healthy Spirits Inc San Francisco, CA, USA
      ... Sommelier, and/or Specialist of Spirits certifications encouraged to apply Company Description Growing Brand in need of great people
    • Barista
      OVEREASY Dallas, TX, USA
      Associated topics: ayudante de camarero de bar, barback, beer, brewtender, license, pool, pub bartender, shots, sommelier, tequila
    • Associate Product Manager
      Central Coast Agriculture Lompoc, CA, USA
      ... plus Sommelier Experience a plus What You'll Receive Competitive base salary Medical, dental and vision benefits Vacation and Holidays CCA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are ...