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School for Sommelier

By Davis Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Winemaker docu has themes of perseverance; some drinking.

TV Max Educational 2020
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Throughout School for Sommelier, two interview subjects share two different points of view about what it takes to become a Master Sommelier (the highest status rank among professional fine wine experts). After the viewer hears both from someone who wants to become a Master Sommelier and from someone who has already become a Master Sommelier, he/she should have a higher appreciation for the specific area of expertise along with a general admiration for the extraordinary amount of work it takes to pass the Master Sommelier test.

The latter themes are really what make this documentary special shine, because any viewer can both relate to and be inspired by the hard work that the interview subjects have put in on the path towards attaining their goal. The audio and visuals are of high quality as well, presenting rich earthy subjects like grapes on the vine gracefully and at opportune moments between interview segments. The lofty wine-related subjects pervade School for Sommelier such that it might seem random or significantly not relatable for general viewers, but it's hard to imagine that anyone would choose to watch this if they were not already interested in wine to some degree before pressing Play. In the end, School for Sommelier succeeds at the narrow and simple educational goals it sets out for itself, and should feel like worthwhile light viewing for any already-interested parties.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 1, 2020
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: October 5, 2021

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