As the new year approaches, vinophiles look forward to choosing special wines for our holiday celebrations.
This is also a good time to look back on the year just passed, not only to remember great bottles enjoyed but to take note of events that might affect the taste of wine in the year to come.
The Court of Master Sommeliers lost some of its luster with a major cheating scandal.
Over the past decade, the court enjoyed a wave of celebrity, typified by the movie "Somm" and its sequels (the third installment was released this autumn).
The movies lionized the court's rigorous certification program and the three tests - theory, service and tasting - candidates must pass to earn the coveted red lapel pin of a master sommelier.