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Five New Master Sommeliers Join the Court

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Europe, has named five new Master Sommeliers, all of whom passed the exam in Austria on August 17: Carlos Simoes MS, Portugal; Pierre Brunelli MS, United Kingdom; Helga Schroeder MS, Germany; Svetoslav Manolev MS, Bulgaria, and Toru Takamatsu MS, Japan.

The group marked a number of firsts for the Court: Schroeder became Germany’s first female Master Sommelier, Manolev MS is the first Bulgarian to achieve the distinction and Toru Takamatsu is Japan’s first, and, at age 24, among the youngest outside the Americas to earn the diploma.

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, will hold its practical and tasting examinations for the Master Sommelier diploma in St. Louis, MO in September.

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