Advice and Mentorship

Aspiring sommeliers can greatly benefit from the guidance and support of experienced mentors in the industry. Mentorship offers the opportunity to learn from someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience, helping to accelerate their learning and skill development. Those who have achieved success as sommeliers should consider becoming mentors themselves, sharing their experience and knowledge with the next generation. Similarly, those seeking to learn should not hesitate to reach out to potential mentors, seeking advice and guidance to help them grow and achieve their goals. The sommelier community is a supportive one, and there are many willing to help those who seek it.


Submit an application to be paired with an expert in your area(s) of interest in the wine business and have the opportunity to schedule a 30 minute phone call or zoom.

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Apply for Mentorship

Submit an application to be paired with an expert in your primary area of interest and receive ongoing mentorship.
• Each mentor has designed a different program based on their area of work and expertise. Mentorships will be structured with a set number of calls during a 3‑9 month period of time.
• Mentorship applications are reviewed bi‑annually. Applications will close on May 1st and November 1st each year and mentorship programs will begin in June and January, respectively.

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Apply to Become a Mentor

The SommFoundation Board of Directors and Mentorship Committee are vetting qualified candidates to become mentors. All applicants are vetted based on their professional experience, area(s) of expertise, availability, and dedication to the positive growth of the beverage industry.

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