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Master Sommelier List: How Many Master Sommeliers Are There?

February 14, 2020
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Scott

Becoming a Master Sommelier is the singular achievement for many wine professionals. It's no surprise these men and women are immortalized in sommelier documentaries, regardless of how you define sommelier.

It’s like getting a PhD and your dream job at the same time. The sommelier salary doesn't hurt either.

Becoming a sommelier ain't easy. Passing the Master Sommelier exam takes some experienced sommeliers up to 3 years to complete. And that’s on top of years and years spent honing their wine expertise and service industry chops. It’s an exclusive club, but just how exclusive?

Let’s take a look at how many Master Sommeliers there, across the world and in the Americas, and who they are. At the bottom of the article is a list of every Master Sommelier in the world along with when their diploma was issued. All numbers are through 2019.

How Many Master Sommeliers Are There?

There are currently 269 people in the world who have passed the final sommelier certification level and earned the title Master Sommelier. Each year, an average of just over five people globally earn their Master Sommelier Diplomas, with a high of 16 in 2005 and a low of zero in 1983.

Successfully completing the course is getting more common, though only relatively. And it’s because there are more applicants, not because the material is getting any easier. We looked at all the diplomas awarded since its inception, and here’s the breakdown by decade:


master sommelier diplomas by decade

Note, though, that there were only three Master Sommeliers minted in the 60s because 1969 was the first year they were awarded.

How Many Master Sommeliers Are There in the U.S.?

There are a total of 172 Master Sommeliers from North and South America (whose diplomas were issued from the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas chapter). This represents roughly 64% of the world’s 269 Master Sommeliers.

Who Are the Master Sommeliers in the U.S.?

Below is the current global Master Sommeliers list, along with a designation of whether their diploma was issued by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas chapter. The list also includes the date their diploma was issued.

Master Sommelier List

Name Year Americas?
Aaron Patrick 2017
Adam Pawlowski 2014  
Adrian Filiuta 2017  
Alan Murray 2005
Alex Koblinger 2011  
Alexander LaPratt 2014
Alpana Singh 2003
André Tavernier 1971  
Andrea Immer 1996
Andrew McCulloch 1978  
Andrew McNamara 2007
Andrey Ivanov 2018
Andy Myers 2014
Angelo Tavernaro 1993
Anthony Anselmi 2011
Anthony Finn 1985  
Aristide Spies 2013  
Arnaud Bardary 2015  
Barbara Werley 1997
Barrie Larvin 1970  
Benjamin Hasko 2016  
Benjamin Wolf 2009  
Bernard St. Clair Perkes 1971  
Bob Bath 1993
Bobby Stuckey 2004
Brahm Callahan 2015
Brandon Tebbe 2011
Brett Davis 2009
Brett Zimmerman 2007
Brian Cronin 2005
Brian Julyan 1972  
Brian Koziol 2007
Brian McClintic 2011
Bruce Wallner 2009
Bruno Gaida 1972  
Bryan Dawes 1985  
Cameron Douglas 2007
Cameron Sisk 1998
Carlos Simoes 2019  
Carlton McCoy 2013
Catherine Fallis 1997
Charles Piggin 1985  
Christian Bock 2009  
Christopher Bates 2013
Christopher Blanchard 2008
Christopher Delalonde 2009  
Christopher Miller 2012
Christopher Tanghe 2013
Chuck Furuya 1989
Claire Thevenot 2006  
Claudia Harris 1984  
Claudia Tyagi 1997
Clement Robert 2015  
Craig Collins 2011
Cyril Ware 1969  
Damon Ornowski 1996
Dana Gaiser 2018
Danny Lydon 1969  
Darius Allyn 2005
David Christie 1970  
David Glancy 2004
David Keck 2016
David O’Connor 1985
David Yoshida 2017
Dennis Kelly 2012
D. Echervarrie 2012
Devon Broglie 2011
Dimitri Mesnard 2003  
Dorian Guillon 2018  
Doug Frost 1991
Doug Krenik 2006
Douglas Crane 1970  
Douglas Kim 2018
Douglas Marello 2011
Drew Hendricks 2008
Dustin Wilson 2011
Eddie Osterland 1973
Edouard Oger 2011  
Elizabeth Schweitzer 1999  
Elyse Lambert 2015
Emanuel Kemiji 1989
Emily Pickral-Papach 2013
Emily Wines 2008
Eric Entrekin 2010
Eric Hemer 2003
Eric Zwiebel 2000  
Ernest Saunders 1973  
Evan Goldstein 1987
Fernando Beteta 2009
Fran Kysela 1989
Franck Moreau 2011  
Frank Boyle 1973  
Frank Kämmer 1996  
Fred Dame 1984
Fred Dexheimer 2007
G Finelli 1971  
G Wallhead 1974  
Gearoid Devaney 2009  
Geoff Hasler 1972  
Geoff Kruth 2008
George Clarke 1969  
George Miliotes 2007
Gerard Basset MS, MW 1989  
Gilles de Chambure 2000
Gillian Ballance 2012
Gino Nardella 1979  
Greg Harrington 1996
Greg Tresner 2000
Guy Sankey 1981  
Guy Stout 2005
Hector Vergara 1982  
Helga Schroeder 2019  
Hendrik Thoma 1999  
Henri Chapon 1998  
Howard Gilbert 1975  
Hubert Notais 1991  
Ian Cauble 2012
Ira Harmon 1993
Isa Bal 2009  
J Wright 1971  
Jack Mason 2015
Jackson Rohrbaugh 2017
James Bube 2017
James McGuckin 1976  
James Tidwell 2009
Jarad Slipp 2014
Jason Heller 2011
Jason Smith 2005
Jay Fletcher 1996
Jay James 1997
Jennifer Huether 2011
Jeremiah Moorehouse 2017
Jeremy Shanker 2019
Jess Kildetoft 2016  
Jesse Becker 2008
Jill Zimorski 2019
Jim Rollston 2016
João Pires 2009  
Joe Moretti 1981  
Joe Spellman 1996
John Blazon 2004
John Jackson 1971  
John Radecki 1974  
John Ragan 2012
John Szabo 2004
John Unger 2000
Jonathan Pullis 2009
Jonathon Ross 2017
Joseph Linder 2008
Joseph Phillips 2008
Joshua Nadel 2017
Joshua Orr 2019
Juan Gomez 2007
June Rodil 2015
Justin Moore 2019
Kathrine Larsen 2013  
Kathryn Morgan 2010
Keith Dougherty 1974  
Keith Goldston 2001
Kelvin Lees 1980  
Ken Fredrickson 2000
Kevin Crooks 1976  
Kevin Reilly 2015
Kevin Vogt 1999
Kyungmoon Kim 2016
Larry Stone 1988
Laura DePasquale 2004
Laura Maniec Fiorvanti 2009
Laura Rhys 2010  
Laura Williamson 2005
Laurent Richet 2010  
Lawrence O’Brien 2001
Lindsey Whipple 2014
Luis de Santos 2002
Madeline Triffon 1987
Mariya Kovacheva 2019
Mathias Camilleri 2017  
Matt Citriglia 2002
Matthew Stamp 2011
Matthew Wilkin 2005  
Mattieu Longuére 2005  
Max Kast 2018
Melissa Monosoff 2010
Mervyn Edwards 1975  
Mia Van de Water 2018
Michael Engelmann 2011
Michael Jordan 2007
Michael McNeill 1993
Michael Meagher 2015
Mike Bonaccorsi 1992
Mike Edwards 1971  
Mill Aleksic 1972  
Morgan Harris 2018
Morris Smith 1972  
Nate Ready 2006
Nick Davis 2019
Nick Hetzel 2013
Nick Massara 1970  
Nicolas Clerc 2010  
Nigel Wilkinson 2005  
Nunzio Alioto 1987
Otto Hinderer 1985  
Paolo Barbieri 2003
Pascaline Lepeltier 2014
Patrick Okubo 2011
Paul Roberts 2002
Peter Davies 1982  
Peter Granoff 1991
Peter Neptune 2005
Pier-Alexis Soulière 2016
Pierre Brunelli 2019  
Piotr Pietras 2017  
Randa Warren 2007
Randall Bertao 2005
Raoul Sofer 1971  
Rebecca Fineman 2017
Richard Betts 2003
Richard Dean 1975
Robert Bigelow 2002
Robert Jones 2001
Robert Smith 2004
Robert Stephens 1972  
Roberto Viernes 2005
Roger Dagorn 1990
Roger Swift 1975  
Roland Micu 2012
Ron Edwards 2005
Ron Mumford 1999
Ronan Sayburn 2005  
Ronn Wiegand 1986
Sabato Sagaria 2012
Sally Mohr 1995
Sara Floyd 2003
Scott Carney 1991
Scott Harper 2009
Scott Tyree 2019
Sean Jeanette 1977  
Sean Razee 2008
Sebastian Crowther 2013  
Serafin Alvarado 2005
Shayn Bjornholm 2005
Stefan Neumann 2017  
Stephen Wilcock 1990  
Steve Geddes 1994
Steve Morey 1992
Steven McDonald 2018
Steven Poe 2008
Sur Lucero 2012
Svetoslav Manolev 2019  
Thomas Burke 2007
Thomas Price 2012
Tim Gaiser 1992
Tobias Brauweiler 2015  
Tom Allkins 1970  
Toru Takamatsu 2019  
Vera Wessel 1992  
Vincent Gasnier 1997  
Vincent Morrow 2019
Vincente Palermo 1979  
Virginia Philip 2002
Vladda Ristic 1976  
Wayne Belding 1990
William Costello 2015
William Sherer 1998
Xavier Rousset 2002  
Yang Lu 2017  
Yohann Jousselin 2009  
Yoon Ha 2012
Yves Desmaris 1992  

All data collected from the Court of Master Sommeliers.