SOMM is a film written and directed by Jason Wise, that focuses on the most difficult test you’ve never heard of – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Program. SOMM takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into the world of mastering wine, and gives us an insight into those who put their personal lives at risk, their well-being, and often sanity to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now.

On this week’s episode of In The Drink, Jason phones in to talk about the film, telling us his background inspirations, and insight into presenting these stories to various audiences, such as those not very familiar with the hurdles of becoming a Sommelier. Also starring in the film and here in the studio is Dustin Wilson, Wine Director at Eleven Madison Park, who describes the pressures behind taking the exam, his future as Wine Director at Eleven Madison Park, and of course, the experience of allowing Jason to film his story. Tune-in to learn more and find out about this incredibly amazing profession, the stories behind making the documentary film, and the future of the Sommelier world and wine industry. Be sure to check out the film at their Facebook page. SOMM opens June 21st in theaters and on iTunes! This program has been sponsored by Route 11 Potato Chips. Thanks to the Dead Stars for today’s music.


“First and foremost, we wanted to make it a film that was entertaining.” [10:05]

“If you find someone who puts everything on the line for something, you should always be around those people.” [28:15]

Jason Wise on In The Drink