Every so often, the idea of challenging the merit of earning wine certifications becomes de rigueur, and we start to see articles pop up meant to prod that debate.
This is, I think, in part due (unfairly) to the ridiculous modern cultural war against expertise in general (there’s a very interesting book on the topic, if you’re looking for something well-written to dive into). It’s also due (quite fairly) to the recent scandals at the Court of Master Sommeliers, causing all of us to give pause and evaluate what certifications from the wine industry mean in general these days.
I recently jumped back into the fray on this thorny topic over at Napa Valley Wine Academy, arguing that the majority of these certifications do still matter (and why more and more people seem to be coming to the same conclusion).
You could of course consider me either an educated source on the matter (since I have gone the wine certification route several times myself), or as a biased shill, since I get paid to write articles for an educational body that offers wine certification programs. As always, I leave that up to you to decide…