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Wine Cellar Inspirations: What It Takes To Be A Wine Curator

November 17th, 2021

So you want to be a wine curator but don’t know where to get started. Is it enough that you love wine and drink lots of it? Do you actually need a degree to be one? If the answer is yes, how much would it cost and would it be worth it? What is the job market like for this kind of profession? Yes, there are just quite a few concerns need to be shed light on. But guess what – we can help you sort them out!

What it takes to be a wine curator

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What is a wine curator?

Let’s start with the million-dollar question: What is a wine curator? Sommeliers, wine directors, wine curators – all these terms refer to someone who is very knowledgeable with wine. But do they mean the same thing? Sommeliers or wine directors sometimes refer to themselves as “curators”. Is there actually a difference? Note that the verb “curate” and the noun “curator” are usually used to describe a person in an art museum. This person is responsible for selecting the art for exhibitions. A wine curator can be equated to this as well. Think along the lines of someone who can draw up particularly good wine lists. Even better, lists that reflect a tightly focused and sharply selective point of view.

What makes a “good” wine curator?

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What makes a “good” wine curator?

In a general sense, one of the jobs of a curator is to offer written interpretations of a collection’s contents. Let’s look at this in the context of a “wine curator”. It’s also someone who can add well researched descriptions to wines on a list. Naturally, the descriptions are added after carefully categorizing the wines. These descriptions can be either broad or specific. They can include information such as provenance, terroir, and vintage. Moreover, one can tailor these “lists” to suit the tastes of a certain person or groups of persons. This attention to detail and meticulousness are the marks of an excellent wine curator. Basically, a person has to possess extensive knowledge of various categories of wine. This is brought about by research and experience. A wine curator will be able to pull up “wine recommendations” on the fly. Sommeliers and wine directors may not necessarily be “curators” following these concepts. Nonetheless, it stands to reason that they CAN be if they want to. They already possess the knowledge of wine categories. They just need to apply it to create “lists” for clients. ^_^

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