Level one here in preparation for the Certified Examination. I've seen it mentioned a couple of different places, but there's been some apparent changes to the format of the Level 2 test. There's a price change for the exam, as well as an addition of an extra white and red for the tasting section. The CMS website states, "Utilizing the Court of Master Sommelier Deductive Tasting Method, candidates must describe and identify four wines (two white and two red) to the best of their ability." While those are subtle changes, one of the main things altered in the description is the service portion. The website says, "Candidates may be asked to open still or sparkling wines, to recommend cocktails or spirits, to discuss food and wine paring options, and to generally show their abilities as a restaurant sommelier."
So my question goes out to people who might have deeper knowledge than I: does that remove the possibility of decanting from the service portion? Has anyone else noticed any differences that might be of note?
All the best enjoying wine in 2017 and good luck to those taking examinations!
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