Numlock News: October 15, 2018

By Walt Hickey Liking Numlock? Forward today’s email to a friend you think may enjoy it and might subscribe. Wine Good Taster People There have only been 274 people who have passed the exam to become a master sommelier, which is the fancy word for people good at tasting wine and serving wine. That small community is roiled by controversy this year as the Court of Master Sommeliers announced it will rescind the designation from 23 of the 24 people who passed the exam this year given evidence that one member disclosed confidential information prior to the exam. It’s an enormous controversy — it costs $995 to take the exam every time, requires an enormous amount of study, but that pays off: an advanced sommelier makes an average of $87,000 per year compared to the

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