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Meet the Woman With the Best Job In the World

Michelle Cherutti-Kowal is one of 338 Masters of Wine in the world

Since today is International Women’s Day, Next Avenue thought you might like to know about Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, who just may have the best job in the world. She drinks, judges and talks about wine for a living.

Cherutti-Kowal, one of just 338 Masters of Wine around the globe, is paid to sample up to 70 glasses of wine a day and travels to vineyards all over Europe.

Yet when she goes out to eat, it’s her husband who is handed the wine list. “There is a certain culture out there that males make the decisions,” Cherutti-Kowal told The Independent. “I do find that amusing.”

How She Got Hired

To qualify for the job, Cherutti-Kowal had to undergo five years of training and a rigorous series of examinations. She now works as a lecturer, judge, consultant and writer on wine.

What about those 70 glasses? She always spits. “I rarely come home feeling the worse for wear,” she told The Independent, “but my palate does.” ­ After work, she tends to prefer a gin and tonic or a beer.

According to her profile on The Institute of Masters of Wine website, Cherutti-Kowal — a dual Italian/Canadian citizen —­ left corporate life in Toronto to pursue her passion for wine in London. She is now a Chair Judge and member of the Technical Committee for the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Cherutti-Kowal appears in this video, which promises to tell you “everything you need to know about wine” and transform you “from wine bluff to wine buff.”

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