93 minutes, color, 2012
A film by Jason Wise
Special features: The Making of Somm: Glasses, Guns, and Cops • The Making of Somm: Music • Alternate Ending: Judgment of Top | Somm • Sommeliers' Commentary Track • Official Trailer
Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers and their massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam.
The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world's most prestigious and exclusive organizations. Since its inception, fewer than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The exam covers literally every nuance of the world of wine. Those who have passed have put their sanity at risk to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court has always been strictly regulated, and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now. How much do you think you know about wine?
Director Jason Wise says about making the film: "The idea for the film came about just after I graduated from film school at Chapman University in Southern California. I was bartending to pay rent and trying to make a film about Champagne during World War 1. A friend of mine named Brian McClintic who was working as a server at Morton’s steak house told me he was going to start taking the first level of tests to become a sommelier. Brian told me I had to come and see the way they practice for the test, I was blown away. I watched him practice Blind Tasting, where one has to determine what wines are inside glasses in front of them using only smell and taste. They could be anything in the world. It was one of the most insane and beautiful things I had ever seen in my life, I knew we had to set it to music and that it would be my first film."
“Engaging! Reveals the astonishing level of qualification required to enter the top ranks of sommeliers.”
- The Hollywood Reporter
“If you dream of becoming a sommelier, or just have a love of wine, this movie is a must-see.” - The Huffington Post
“Fascinating and often funny. Somm makes it clear that Master Sommeliers are more than just dedicated to their profession. They are obsessed.” - Wine Spectator
“Engrossing and well-made. Deserves to be seen by anyone who‘s ever enjoyed a glass of wine.” - Napa Valley Register
“A delicious tipple. Amusing and suspenseful... entertaining and enlightening.”- New York Post
“A must-watch.”- Serious Eats
UPC: 7-20229-91566-3 | Catalog #: FRF 915663D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: September 3
Packaged in 100% Certified Green Forestry Eco-Pack
A Samuel Goldwyn Release