From the original poster child - PreSomm owner Denise Mueller


Denise Mueller, CSW


PreSomm was created to enthuse and educate its readers about the world of wine and proper wine service, in addition to providing a perfect foundation for students seeking future wine certifications.

The PreSomm Course provides its students with a higher level of wine theory and wine service, prepares them for job promotions in the hospitality field and inspires future education certifications such as Introductory-level Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, certifcations through Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and/or Certified Specialist of Wine through Society of Wine Educators.


On a personal note: I am PreSomm’s poster child. 

When I decided to persue a career in the wine industry, I did not know where to turn, what to study, or what path to take. I purchased a few wine texts, but did not feel a sense of organized education from the literature. I climbed the proverbial mountain – uphill both ways – reaching for directions and mentorship in hard to reach places. 

I did things the hard way.

My company’s goal is to make it so you do not have to.  

PreSomm is an efficient educational model – providing the tools to get a wonderful foundation for your wine education and jump start your career and passion. Through our program we encourage proper study methods, wine tasting practice, wine service techniques and verticle mentorship structures. 

 After years of study and practice, I have learned the following – “knowing wine” is NOT just about knowing wine grapes and a few wine pairings.  A wine education includes learning and understanding a multitude of topics – below is a list showcasing the breadth of a wine professional’s mastered subject matter.


To become a wine professional

Know the vine system, farming techniques, and soil types

Know the standout countries, regions, villages, and vineyards

Know the climate and topography for every major wine region

Know noble grapes and grape-clones for every major wine region

Know excellent and poor vintages for specific regions and/or varieties

Know different wine making techniques and their pros and cons

Know how to pair wine with food and the science behind the pairings

Know how to prepare for a wine tasting: for blind tasting or an event


 Are you ready?

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