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Wine, women and the glass ceiling

Female sommeliers are still largely conspicuous by their absence in Canada

Signe Langford-Special to the Star

The air is filled with the aroma of yeasty fermented grapes, and a hint of irony. At Verity, a decidedly feminine club in downtown Toronto, where successful businesswomen work out, wheel, deal and beautify, 17 men and four women vie for the title of Best Ontario Sommelier.

Within the pink walls of the Toronto Room, serious oenophiles scribble and sip their way through a gruelling, 90-minute written exam and blind tasting — each hoping they will be one of the lucky ones to move on to the next round of tests.

Women are conspicuous by their absence. In Canada, there are no female Master Sommeliers, the industry’s brass ring.

Read the full article at:  http://www.thestar.com/living/food/article/834842–wine-women-and-the-glass-ceiling

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