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Women and Transgender First?

Dear Good Somm Bad Somm,

I was always taught by The Court of Masters to serve wine to women first, oldest to youngest, then men, oldest to youngest.  But, isn’t this pure sexism and ageism?

And what happens if someone is Transgender at the table?

Does anyone really care who gets served first anymore?

Sincerely,
Women and Transgender First?

Good Somm

Dear Women and Transgender First?,

In traditional service, the host is served first, then clockwise women first, men second.  The host is always last regardless of gender.  This is a form of etiquette that originated in the Middle Ages.  Even in my home, my parents taught me that women and elders are served first as it is a form of respect.

Over the years the Court of Master Sommeliers service standards have evolved and today service begins with the host, then continues on in a clockwise manner to the celebrant of the table, then to their guests in a clockwise motion. 

Today servicing the table elegantly and quickly is the greater task at hand, regardless of gender or transgender. 

While the Court of Master Sommeliers serves as the standard-bearer, the best service professionals assess each situation and treat each moment with grace. 

Sincerely,

Good Somm

Bad Somm

Dear Women and Transgender First?,

While I agree that there is much to be said for tradition, as a rule:  smokin' hot chicks-with-dicks always get served first in my dining room. 

And they can use whatever toilet they like. 

Yours Truly,

Bad Somm

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