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AKA ‘a wine waiter.’ As a sommelier you will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of wines in a variety of settings. The term ‘sommelier’ may also extend itself to water, tea and sake. However, it is mostly applied to wine experts who work in hotels and wine cellars.

What does a Sommelier do?
Your main duties will consist of:

- Advising patrons according to their personal taste, the occasion, or their food and wine pairings
- Selecting wines for events
- Creating a wine menu that suits the clientele, pricing and venue
- Managing stock in wine cellars
- Meeting with vineyard owners and other suppliers
- Conducting wine tastings
- Tasting new wines and staying on top of wine trends
Skills & interests required for a Sommelier
You'll need an in-depth knowledge of wine: you will be an educator and salesperson, so a strong knowledge of wine is key.

It's also important to be approachable, sales-orientated, driven enough to meet targets , willing to stay on top of trends , and sociable enough to build relationships with clients.

Other skills include:
- Commercial Awareness
- Communication
What hours does a Sommelier typically do?
Like many other careers in the hospitality careers, hours can be long with early starts and late finishes.
What environment is a Sommelier based in?
The typical work bases for a sommelier include restaurants, wine cellars and hotels.
How much does a Sommelier travel?
Travelling is often required of a sommelier in order to broaden knowledge and understanding of the winemaking process. Often, the travel will include visits to the vineyard or winemakers.
How much does a Sommelier get paid?
Entry-level sommeliers typically earn £15,000 to £20,000 per year. However, a more experienced and knowledgeable sommelier can earn up to £40,000.
What qualifications does a Sommelier need?
There are no official education requirements for a Sommelier; experience in this field is valued very highly.
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