Sommelier

Top Sommelier Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Sommelier. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Sommelier resumes they appeared on. For example, 30.6% of Sommelier resumes contained Wine List as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Sommelier actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Sommelier resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Wine List

high Demand
Here's how Wine List is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Created wine lists and predicted price fluctuations, maintaining prices and revenue stable even during price increases in the wine industry.
  • Managed all aspects of the wine program including research, ordering, receiving, stocking and wine list maintenance.
  • Assisted in the Creation and Design of the Wine List consisting of approximately 50 wines.
  • Helped maintain the wine list and cellars including up to 1000 bottle wine selections.
  • Revamped and developed a wine listing and paring; created a Captains List selection.
  • Wine Buyer, developed wine list, recommended and served fine wine to guests.
  • Informed servers on new additions to the wine list and their daily tasks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a 1000 bottle wine list and over 40 beer selections.
  • Maintain clean, error-free wine lists by constantly updating and reprinting.
  • Maintained inventory for a high-end wine list for two international tours.
  • Edit daily/weekly changes to our one hundred and nine page wine list
  • Created wine lists, wine pairing menus and cocktail menus.
  • Designed a wine list focused on high quality product movement.
  • Maintained wine list, inventory, and stocking of wines.
  • Assisted in writing the opening wine list and cellar design/layout.
  • Created a wine list which was honored by the Washington State Wine Commission Award of Distinction four years running.
  • Implemented a core wine list resort-wide in order to condense stock on-hand and expedite monthly inventory.
  • Conducted daily inventory and managed depletions so that each wine list reflected a completely accurate listing of wines available for consumption.
  • purchased for and maintained a 300 bottle wine list I introduced monthly inventory and calculation of beverage cost
  • Implemented multiple focuses on wine list with emphasis on boutique/cult domestic Pinot Noir, California Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux.

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2. Wine Menu

high Demand
Here's how Wine Menu is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Developed wine menus for the Masters Tournament, all Club events, and private functions.
  • Assist with creating eclectic wine menu and development of wine pairings.
  • Maintained a very progressive wine program, creating wine menus.

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3. Wine Cellar

high Demand
Here's how Wine Cellar is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Maintained successful and well known wine cellar, bar concept and beverage program featured in local and national industry standard publications.
  • Maintained and managed the wine list, stock, suppliers, the wine cellars which included inventory control.
  • Managed inventory of 700 international wines, maintaining wine supply, and organizing the wine cellar.
  • Manage and maintain multiple wine lists throughout the property including a 2000 bottle selection wine cellar.
  • Implemented an inventory retrieval system for wine cellar and the wine by the glass program.
  • Update wine list, order product, and organize wine cellar to maximize efficiency.
  • Monitored conditions of the wine cellar and ensured optimal storage.
  • Managed and inventoried wine cellar and updated wine list daily.
  • Keep wine cellar in nice appearance and order.
  • Receive deliveries & stock multiple wine cellars daily.
  • Maintained wine cellar ordered all beverages.
  • Manage wine cellar and inventory.
  • Manage a wine cellar with 500+ SKUs Attend highly informative classes, tastings and other industry sponsored events.
  • Wine procurement Wine storage Wine list management Wine cellar management Wine serving

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4. Staff Training

high Demand
Here's how Staff Training is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Support outlet managers with staff training, opening and closing duties, and on-the-floor management support to 32 staff.
  • Involved in wine and liquor monthly cost, distributor meetings, receiving and storing, and staff training.
  • Involved in daily duties including distributor meetings, receiving and storing orders, and staff training.
  • Oversee staff training and development in respect to wine, beer and spirit knowledge.
  • Created staff training program for all pairing and wine by the glass.
  • Managed inventory and cost controls, staff training and guest relations
  • Opened and developed 100 SKU all-Italian wine list for upscale eatery - Created all staff training and incentive programs
  • Coordinate vineyard with restaurant Perform all needed duties including shipping, wine club and staff training.
  • Developed and implemented staff trainings, to include new product and specific details of wine.
  • Conducted staff trainings on a daily basis to ensure proper presentation to consumers.
  • Conduct staff training during pre-shift 2-3 times per week.
  • Organize and prepare all materials for staff trainings.
  • staff training to work with wine.
  • Organize weekly staff trainings in order to empower service staff to speak confidently about wines tableside.
  • Staff training Accomplishments Over 300 % growth in wine alcohol sales.

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5. Floor Service

high Demand
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6. Customer Service

high Demand
Here's how Customer Service is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Provided excellent customer service to maximize revenue and ensure customer loyalty and return.
  • Presented customer service through establishing a regular call strategy.
  • Performed the highest level of hospitality management and customer service in a world-class, 5-Star venue.
  • Exercised high level of customer service, instructed wait staff weekly on new wine
  • Provided customer service information about all wine products being bottled.
  • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service.
  • Maintained exceptional customer service for Hakkasan Group restaurants, generating over $30M.

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7. Select Wines

high Demand
Here's how Select Wines is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Attended wine tastings on behalf of Augusta National Golf Club in order to grade and select wines for purchase.
  • Experience and Responsibilities * Help customers select wines to enhance their dining experience.

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8. Pair Wines

high Demand

9. Spirits

high Demand
Here's how Spirits is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Maintained a very large wine and spirits program and exceeded the sales goal by 20%.
  • Shop duties as Wine and Spirits Associate: Identification of customer's needs and advice.
  • Instructed weekly wine and spirits education for staff, including blind tasting and food pairing.
  • Serve and delight guests with wine, spirits and food pairing.
  • Wine, spirits and beer purchasing according to monthly budgetary constraints.
  • Direct guest interaction and up-sell of wine and spirits.
  • Innovated wine and spirits program outperforming revenue budget by 15% Instituted daily P&L system to effectively manage cost control
  • Conduct wine, beer, spirits, classic, tropical and modern cocktails seminars and tastings.
  • Wine, spirits and fine products sale.
  • Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators.
  • Ordered, stocked and sold beer, spirits & wine in a boutique shop.

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10. Sommeliers

high Demand
Here's how Sommeliers is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Headed a team of six sommeliers and curated one of the deepest cellars in the United States.
  • Passed blind tasting, oral and service tests to a group of five Master Sommeliers.
  • Managed a team of 3 Sommeliers, selling 3+ million in wine in both 2015 & 2016.
  • Hired as a bus boy and worked my way up to one of the two restaurant Sommeliers at Emeril's.
  • Provided daily wine training to service team of twenty, which resulted in the entire service team becoming certified sommeliers.
  • Conducted training sessions for new Sommeliers as a member of Serbian Sommelier Association.

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11. Michelin

high Demand
Here's how Michelin is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Worked with clients to provide food and wine services at this Michelin Star Restaurant.
  • Maintain standards as would be expected in a LHW, Michelin star rated restaurant.
  • Rewarded Guide Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2012 for outstanding food and service.
  • Opened the first modern teppan grill concept created by Forbes and Michelin-decorated Chef Masa Takayama.

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12. Dinner Service

high Demand
Here's how Dinner Service is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Oversee staff of fifteen in daily lunch & dinner services.
  • Assited Sommelier in the Windows dining room for dinner service.

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13. Special Events

high Demand
Here's how Special Events is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Coordinated with conference services, banquets and all special events.
  • Provided short-term bartending, waitstaff, and Sommelier functions for Special Events and foodservice establishments.

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14. Wine Director

high Demand
Here's how Wine Director is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Assisted wine director with staff wine training, wine list of 200 offerings, and wine inventory.
  • Work directly with wine director on organization of two large cellars & weekly VIP functions.
  • Assisted wine director with: ordering/checking-in deliveries, stocking, logging invoices, monthly inventory.
  • Helped Wine director choose wine pairings for 3 menus and 3 different tiers.
  • Assist the wine director with guest wine service!
  • Assisted Wine Director with development of wine list.
  • Worked under Vail Resorts Wine Director Sean Razee, MS.

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15. Monthly Wine Inventory

average Demand
Here's how Monthly Wine Inventory is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Managed a bimonthly wine inventory of $75,000, responsible for wine selection/ordering, new hire training and bi-weekly wine classes.

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16. Inventory Control

average Demand
Here's how Inventory Control is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Manage Wine Inventory and maintain Inventory Control System.
  • Cost Control and Inventory: Maintained precise inventory control utilizing Accubar.
  • Table side wine sales and service Wine list development, maintenance, and inventory control Training and continuing education for service staff

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17. Staff Education

average Demand
Here's how Staff Education is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Staff education including deconstructed tastings, classes, food and wine pairing, and regional specifics.
  • Staff education & wine service training.
  • Staff Education Provide Impeccable Service Nightly.

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18. Food Pairings

average Demand
Here's how Food Pairings is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Led teams and educated staff about new wines and food pairings.
  • Trained staff on wine and proper food pairings.
  • Assisted guests with wine selection and wine-food pairings.

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19. Private Parties

average Demand

20. Grand Award

average Demand
Here's how Grand Award is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Defended title of Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list.
  • Worked with a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine program.
  • Wine Spectator Grand Award 2000 Sommelier at Le Manoir des Quatres Saisons

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21. POS

average Demand
Here's how POS is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Research and propose new wines for the bottle and by-the-glass list to fit varying flavor profiles and corporate pricing structure.
  • Exposed my mind and palate to the 21 regions of Italy in a way few ever get the chance to.
  • Learned about wine, assisted customers in selecting wine, and developed a positive working report with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated calm and positive attitude on a daily basis while in charge of all client retention and service
  • Compose nightly end-of-shift notes and 86 list to effectively communicate with managers and rest of staff.
  • Head Waiter position is responsible for 12-15 waiters in his team.
  • Progressed through service positions with apex service at celebrity level.
  • Meet all guests needs and exceed them when possible.
  • Programmed food and wine into Aloha POS system.
  • Performed cash register/credit card machine operations Interacted positively with both co-workers and external vendors/customers
  • Provided customer service, face to face and on the phone Managed monies and transactions on a touch screen POS system
  • Introduced and maintained monthly inventory through POS Jonas system and reformatted from traditional book menus to iPad (Tastevin).
  • Inventory, purchasing and cost control monitoring, transaction reconciliation, POS programming, payroll, sommelier work.
  • Post & Courier Newspaper Award - Four Stars, 2010)
  • Programmed wines and prices into Posi Touch system, and used Accubar to track inventory.
  • Assumed the Wine Director/Sommelier position at Chef Michelle Bernstein's Sra.
  • Embraced the opportunity to develop off site catering Floating position as Sommelier Training, hiring Monthly wine inventory, ordering.

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22. Oversaw

average Demand
Here's how Oversaw is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Managed and oversaw entire wine and beverage program.
  • Acted as Sommelier, Wine Educator and Service Consultant Oversaw wine program from ordering to service.

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23. Sales Goals

average Demand
Here's how Sales Goals is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Focus on meeting sales goals, regionally and nationally.

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24. Guest Satisfaction

average Demand
Here's how Guest Satisfaction is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Up selling low turning inventory to increase guest satisfaction through proper food pairing and reducing inventory costs.
  • Direct relation with Guests, making suggestions and ensuring Guest Satisfaction.

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25. Champagne

average Demand
Here's how Champagne is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Learned proper wine service, techniques for opening, decanting, and serving wine, champagne, and vintage wine.
  • Open and service Wine/champagne bottles.
  • Managed property beverage program featuring a 6,000+ bottle selection specializing in 90+pt rated wines, champagnes and single malt scotches.

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26. FOH

average Demand
Here's how FOH is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Ensured and enforced HACCP safe laws & procedures; maintained sanitation standards for both FOH and BOH.
  • Trained FOH staff daily on all wines to maximize sales potential and create opportunities for upsell opportunities.

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27. Wine Events

average Demand
Here's how Wine Events is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Organized wine events for in house buy outs and out of house events.
  • Organized all wine dinners, wine tastings, and off-site wine events.
  • Trained staff, oversaw and served all wine events.

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28. Maitre

average Demand
Here's how Maitre is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Worked closely with the Maitre d'H tel.
  • Assist and replace the maitre d during its absence inclusive cash up and reconciliation.
  • Served as the Maitre d= Hotel for this five star, five diamond inn with an award winning, world-renowned restaurant.

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29. Extensive Knowledge

average Demand
Here's how Extensive Knowledge is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Gained extensive knowledge Working directly with the sales and inventory of a vast wine and sake list.

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30. Service Staff

low Demand
Here's how Service Staff is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Train service staff on speciality drinks, beers and wines.

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31. Product Knowledge

low Demand
Here's how Product Knowledge is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Developed training programs that continuously enhanced service and product knowledge.
  • Conducted weekly staff trainings to expand product knowledge improving sales and bettering customer service.

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32. Service Standards

low Demand
Here's how Service Standards is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Implemented service standards for this upscale Italian restaurant.
  • Participated in Tuesday Tastings Maintained and enhanced corporate service standards.
  • Performed wine service as the floor sommelier; following the Court of Master Sommeliers' service standards religiously.

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33. Micros

low Demand
Here's how Micros is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Performed Micros functions, updated wine lists, line-up.
  • Manage Micros system and check daily sales using Avero Slingshot.

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34. New Wines

low Demand
Here's how New Wines is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Participated in weekly wine tastings, approving new wines for menu and offering suggestions on ways to improve sales.
  • Participated in weekly tastings with multiple wholesaler reps to taste new wines.
  • Lead staff trainings on new wines.

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36. Inventory Management

low Demand

37. Cost Control

low Demand

38. VIP

low Demand
Here's how VIP is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Performed private wine tastings in the Concierge lounge in the Marriott Hotel for VIP guests.

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39. AAA

low Demand
Here's how AAA is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Performed as a Hotel Sommelier at a AAA/Five Diamond resort.
  • Performed as a Dining Room Captain/Maitre'd, Banquet Manager and Beverage Manager/Sommelier at a AAA/Five Diamond resort.

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40. NYC

low Demand
Here's how NYC is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Purchased wines for one of the largest menu varieties in NYC.

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41. Relais

low Demand

42. Wine Recommendations

low Demand
Here's how Wine Recommendations is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Graded all wine through expert tastings and made professional wine recommendations to members.

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43. Staff Members

low Demand
Here's how Staff Members is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Certified Tips Trainer, training of entire conference wait-staff 100+ staff members regarding responsible service of alcohol.
  • Build strong professional relationships with other staff members and management through good communication skills.

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44. High Volume

low Demand
Here's how High Volume is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Educated customers about the benefits of loose leaf tea in a high volume store.

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45. Program Development

low Demand

46. Different Wines

low Demand
Here's how Different Wines is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Poured the different wines for customers, while engaging in conversation about the wines.

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47. Different Events

low Demand
Here's how Different Events is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Create and build Wine lists for different events.

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48. Storage Areas

low Demand
Here's how Storage Areas is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Maintained wine cellars, other storage areas, related equipment, and wine list, in accordance with Inn standards.
  • Involved in the design and placement of displays and wine storage areas.

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49. Cellar Inventory

low Demand
Here's how Cellar Inventory is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Wine cellar inventory had 185000 bottles and turned over 3 times in the year.

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50. Wine Products

low Demand
Here's how Wine Products is used in Sommelier jobs:
  • Educated individuals at wine tasting events in various aspects of region, varietal and production differences in wine and wine products.

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20 Most Common Skill for a Sommelier

Wine List37.7%
Wine Menu7.3%
Wine Cellar7.1%
Staff Training5.6%
Floor Service5.2%
Customer Service4.3%
Select Wines3.9%
Pair Wines3.8%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Sommelier

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Wine List
Wine List
30.6%
30.6%
2
2
Wine Menu
Wine Menu
5.9%
5.9%
3
3
Wine Cellar
Wine Cellar
5.7%
5.7%
4
4
Staff Training
Staff Training
4.5%
4.5%
5
5
Floor Service
Floor Service
4.2%
4.2%
6
6
Customer Service
Customer Service
3.5%
3.5%
7
7
Select Wines
Select Wines
3.1%
3.1%
8
8
Pair Wines
Pair Wines
3.1%
3.1%
9
9
Spirits
Spirits
3%
3%
10
10
Sommeliers
Sommeliers
2.6%
2.6%
11
11
Michelin
Michelin
1.8%
1.8%
12
12
Dinner Service
Dinner Service
1.8%
1.8%
13
13
Special Events
Special Events
1.7%
1.7%
14
14
Wine Director
Wine Director
1.5%
1.5%
15
15
Monthly Wine Inventory
Monthly Wine Inventory
1.5%
1.5%
16
16
Inventory Control
Inventory Control
1.4%
1.4%
17
17
Staff Education
Staff Education
1.3%
1.3%
18
18
Food Pairings
Food Pairings
1.3%
1.3%
19
19
Private Parties
Private Parties
1.3%
1.3%
20
20
Grand Award
Grand Award
1%
1%
21
21
POS
POS
1%
1%
22
22
Oversaw
Oversaw
1%
1%
23
23
Sales Goals
Sales Goals
1%
1%
24
24
Guest Satisfaction
Guest Satisfaction
0.9%
0.9%
25
25
Champagne
Champagne
0.8%
0.8%
26
26
FOH
FOH
0.8%
0.8%
27
27
Wine Events
Wine Events
0.8%
0.8%
28
28
Maitre
Maitre
0.8%
0.8%
29
29
Extensive Knowledge
Extensive Knowledge
0.8%
0.8%
30
30
Service Staff
Service Staff
0.7%
0.7%
31
31
Product Knowledge
Product Knowledge
0.7%
0.7%
32
32
Service Standards
Service Standards
0.7%
0.7%
33
33
Micros
Micros
0.7%
0.7%
34
34
New Wines
New Wines
0.6%
0.6%
35
35
Menu Items
Menu Items
0.6%
0.6%
36
36
Inventory Management
Inventory Management
0.6%
0.6%
37
37
Cost Control
Cost Control
0.6%
0.6%
38
38
VIP
VIP
0.6%
0.6%
39
39
AAA
AAA
0.6%
0.6%
40
40
NYC
NYC
0.6%
0.6%
41
41
Relais
Relais
0.6%
0.6%
42
42
Wine Recommendations
Wine Recommendations
0.6%
0.6%
43
43
Staff Members
Staff Members
0.5%
0.5%
44
44
High Volume
High Volume
0.5%
0.5%
45
45
Program Development
Program Development
0.4%
0.4%
46
46
Different Wines
Different Wines
0.3%
0.3%
47
47
Different Events
Different Events
0.3%
0.3%
48
48
Storage Areas
Storage Areas
0.3%
0.3%
49
49
Cellar Inventory
Cellar Inventory
0.3%
0.3%
50
50
Wine Products
Wine Products
0.3%
0.3%

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