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Somm scandal: Revelations of cheating at master sommelier examination lead to the invalidation of 23 new certifications

October 10, 2018

The master sommelier examination has often been called "the hardest test you've never heard of." Since its inception in 1969, just 274 people have passed the grueling exam, which involves years, sometimes even decades, of preparation. For a wine service professional, it is the crowning achievement of a career. This year, 24 people passed the test, earning the right to add the coveted "MS" suffix to their names