As unbelievable as it sounds, this school, in collaboration with the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS), is offering a Master Sommelier Alma-AIS diploma. I was alerted to this by a blog post that Josko Gravner forwarded to me via Facebook, entitled, My Master Sommelier Thesis: "Josko Gravner's Ribolla gialla and the orange wines in the U.S. market."
While this might be a good program in its way, people who get this diploma have not gone through the same grueling paces that many of the Master Sommeliers (and candidates) go through under the Court of Master Sommelier auspices.
My complaint with this is in offering young people career hopes via the “opportunity” to earn a Master Sommelier Diploma for as little as €1044.
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