The unmissable masterclass for professional sommeliers

Do you hope to become head sommelier of a top restaurant? Are you dreaming of participating in a sommelier championship? Piotr Pietras Master Sommelier, Best Sommelier of Poland (2015 and 2016) and ASI’s 2nd Best Sommelier of Europe (2017) will conduct an essential masterclass for professional sommeliers on 29 June in Budapest.

There are 4 stages to the qualification of Master Sommelier.  Each stage must be passed before you can move onto the next. Certified Sommelier examination and Advanced Sommelier certification are the two crucial steps in the advancement of a sommelier. Generally, a Certified Sommelier title means that you are not a ‘junior’ anymore and Advanced Sommelier title usually goes in hand in hand with a ‘head sommelier’ position.

During our sommelier masterclass we are seeking the ‘hot spots’ of Court of Master Sommeliers certified and advanced levels, focusing to the practical tasting and the service part of those examinations. If you are planning to take ASI exams, this knowledge will be invaluable for you when taking ASI Certification2 and ASI Diploma exams.



Title: Sommelier Masterclass – everything you wanted to know about the tasting & service part of CMS exams
Date: 29 June (Saturday) 14.00-15.45 CET
Venue: Corinthia Budapest
Places: max. 60 persons
NO VIDEO RECORDING IS ALLOWED DURING THE MASTERCLASS. Taking notes and pictures are accepted.

14.00-14.10 Short introduction and the CMS system
14.10-14.15 Theory studying – useful tips and suggestions
14.15-14.35 Blind tasting of two wines (one white, one red) at Certified Sommelier level (using the theory exam grid)
14.35-14.55 Blind tasting of two wines (one white, one red) at Advanced Sommelier level (using the deductive tasting grid)
14.55-15.10 Sparkling wine service presentation (with CMS service standards)
15.10-15.30 Old red wine service with decanting (with CMS service standards)
15.30-15.45 Q&A section

About the lecturer, Piotr Pietras MS (Poland)

Piotr Pietras, is a co-owner of kontakt wino & bistro and a founder and managing director of Terroiryści, a project importing organic and biodynamic wines from around the world. Before Piotr returned to Poland, he worked as a sommelier for London’s top chefs: Gordon Ramsay (Maze), Ben Murphy (Launceston Place) and Ollie Dabbous (HIDE). He has also been successful in competitions becoming Best Sommelier of Poland 2015 and 2016, ASI’s 2nd Best Sommelier of Europe 2017, Chaine des Rotisseurs World’s Best Young Sommelier 2017, ASI’s 6th Best Sommelier of the World 2019. He became Master Sommelier in 2017 winning the Amorim Taster of the Year scholarship for the highest blind tasting score. Piotr is a judge at Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine & Spirit Competition and a lecturer at Court of Master Sommeliers Europe.

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Upcoming key dates

  • 18 June 2024 Entry deadline
  • 28 June 2024 Judging
  • 28 June 2024 Masterclasses and exclusive tastings
  • 29 June 2024 Judging

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