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


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!

Now an Official Wine Nerd

Ok, in all honesty it’s been official for a while. But in September I had the privilege of taking the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 certification. It is one of the few internationally recognized Wine/Sommelier formation courses. So now, after an exam, three days of class and countless tastings, I’m:



And with Distinction!

The course, which is titled “Looking Behind the Label,”¬†focuses on they key grape varieties and wine-producing regions around the world. It also looks at a variety of styles – sweet whites, fortified, sparkling, etc – and the production of spirits. Now I’m looking forward to the more in depth look of Level 3 ‘Exploring the World of Wine and Spirits.”