Looking to Pass the Advanced Exam in a Couple of Years... Where Should I Work?

I recently passed my certified exam and I am already studying and preparing for taking the advanced exam but I am wondering what the best place to work for me to prepare me for the exam. I am currently the Bar Manager and Bartender at a higher end casual restaurant that has a large BTG list but doesn't seem to have the guests that want to explore and play around too much with what they drink. I am not sure if it would be worth it for me to take a pay cut and work at a higher end place with a stronger and more classic wine program or to try to pivot my list??? Thoughts???

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  • Maybe this sounds too obvious, but I'd say it is important to work somewhere that actually has a sommelier position. You can pass this test while doing any job (or even "between positions..."), but it's a lot easier if you're practicing the craft everyday. If you're running a beverage program at a fine dining restaurant, service and business of the sommelier will just be like a really weird day at work!

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