- Dec 11, 2007
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Hmmm I wonder if she's single!Annette May, first woman to achieve Certified Cicerone status, hails from Michigan.
Annette May, first woman to achieve Certified Cicerone status, hails from Michigan - KalamaBrew: Beer making, brewing and microbrews - Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com
In a landmark achievement for both beer-appreciating women and Michigan residents, Annette May, of Allen Park, MI, has become the first woman to receive Certified Cicerone status.
Those who pass the test to become certified in the Cicerone program are proven to have demonstrated expertise in tasting, selecting and recommending beer.
May is the Beer Department manager at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI. She was previously employed as a sales representative for B. United International Imports and also worked at The Map Room, a Chicago specialty beer bar.
The Cicerone Program press release quotes May as saying "We're not just beer drinkers anymore ... now wine sommeliers and chefs ask for my advice on beer pairing!" Attaining Cicerone status, in the beer world, requires a level of expertise equivalent to that of a wine sommelier.
The certification program involves a four-hour exam, on which participants must score 80 percent or higher in the overall score, and 70 percent or higher in the tasting score, in order to be certified.
To get an idea of the exhaustive curriculum involved in the certification program, check out the Cicerone Web site. There are three different levels of certification participants can achieve: Certified Cicerone, Master Cicerone, and Certified Beer Server.
Only 16 beer professionals nationwide received the Certified Cicerone status in 2008.
Two other Michigan residents also passed the test to receive their certification: Michael Bardallis, of Allen Park, and Andrew Van Til, of Grand Rapids.
In another important 'first,' May, Bardallis, and Van Til are also the first three Michigan residents to become Certified Cicerones. Congratulations to all three!