Jason Wise's SOMM follows four men who are attempting to pass the Master Sommelier Exam, a comprehensive test on wine and cigars that one must successfully complete in order to become a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers -- an institution so rarified that it has less than 200 members even though it's been in existence for four decades.
"[T]he doc generates the expected 'who'll pass?' tension while squeezing in a good deal of color about wine history and the status a sommelier has come to have in the world of fine dining." - 06/12/2013 Hollywood Reporter
"[A]n engaging documentary about the folks who not only become sommeliers but also expend the extraordinary effort necessary to become master sommeliers by passing an exam so rigorous it makes grown men weep." - 06/20/2013 Los Angeles Times
"A stimulating intro course on wine-appreciation gets blended with a narrowly focused contest-doc format in SOMM..." - 06/20/2013 Variety