Went to see the documentary movie Somm tonight, the one about the four fellows who competed for the Master Sommelier title. Good movie, in its way. One feels for the somms. Despite the sometimes shaky hand-held camera, the photography was at times spectacular. Only six of the Master Somm aspirants were accepted, so the movie made the point that the program is highly selective and most of us mortals could never hope to pass it. But the whole excercise struck me as questionable. A great deal of of the applicants's time is spent in rote memorzation -- e.g., What are the seventeen signicant varietals of Hiccupistan -- which it seems to me would be more appropriate for the first two stages of the program than for the last. And then there's the critical tasting excercise, and in this one all the somms came to different conclusion about all the wines, with apparently as little consistency as in the state fair wine tastings we are now discussing in this forum. Anyhow, it's an enjyable move. Go see it.