Now Officially (even more of) a Wine Nerd

Last year, I successfully completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Certification. So of course this year I decided to proceed with Level 3 “Exploring the World of Wine and Spirits.” In the typical fashion of my life, the timing couldn’t have been worse; the exam was two days before my thesis was due and the weekend before my parents unexpectedly arrived in Europe for a quick visit. But, I just received word that ….. I passed! So I am officially

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Of course being me, this won’t be the last of my formal wine education. I’m looking forward to taking a few courses with the Court of Master Sommeliers and continuing with the WSET. I’ve also been toying with the idea of taking a few professional courses at the University of California Davis campus to get a better understanding of the technical side of winemaking. But that is all in the future and my focus now is on finding a job. Wish me luck!

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And it’s Done

So I know I’ve been MIA for a bit but the past couple of weeks have been crazy (and don’t worry I have a rich backlog of posts for you). First it was getting sick, then en Primeur, then exams and then a visit with the family. And there have been wine festivals, birthday parties and tasting. Up next, a weekend visit from my good friend M.

But the really important news is: the school year is over!!!! Ok there is actually a thesis to write and eventually defend. But the academic summer is here which means now it’s back to my internship full-time. And another summer of wine adventures!

So since I’m not yet used to normal 9-5 hours any longer, I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. The promised posts will appear shortly. And in the meantime remember …

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The M2 Wine Tour

DSC_0233I will admit to being very trepidatious about waking up early for the Master 2 Wine Tour, organized and led by the Director of my Master 1 program. The day was cold and promising to be wet, I had no idea what the day’s schedule included and I am the director’s biggest fan. But despite some valid concerns, a few bad moments and the poor weather, the tour turned out to be much better than expected.

Organized in conjunction with the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 the day’s theme was…yup you guessed it…classified growths.  Continue reading