Wine glossary

Sommelier
Definition:male wine expert

The Sommelier is an important advisor on all that is related to wine and cuisine. As a wine waiter, or waitress, the prerequisite is a sound knowledge in the fields of cheese, coffee, beer and cigars. Other areas of responsibility include purchasing, the compilation and design of the wine list, waiting and making recommendations (especiallty food and wine combinations). In the Austrian WIFI vocational colleges, there is a three tier educational programme on offer, from Wine Expert, Sommelier and culminating in the Diplomsommelier/Diplomsommelière qualification.