You are all now well aware that My Chef has deserted me. We’ve spent very little time together this year and I miss him desperately. So in order to pass the time, I’ve been taking a number of courses. The first course was the WSET Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits and the second was my PADI Open Water Diver course. I’d been thinking about doing them both for ages and thought that this summer was as good a time as any. And I passed!
I didn’t do as well on my WSET course as I was hoping, but I will definitely do the Advanced Course and work a little bit harder at it!
Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!
After 13 years of school, 5 years of university and countless courses as a post-grad I think I have FINALLY found the school for me. Wine school!
I’ve just come back from my 5th class at the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and was given the following homework…”drink more wine!”. Amazing and it’s something I am totally committed to doing.
So far in the course we have covered wine and food pairings, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, riesling, syrah (shiraz), and grenache. I am not particularly confident in any of the above – well other than riesling as I am a huge fan – but if the only way I am going to get better is by tasting then tasting I will do.
Bring on Champagne week! I feel that it’s an area where I can/will do quite well.
As some of you will know, I’ve been saying for ages that I’d like to study wine and possibly even become a sommelier. My justification is that I like wine, I buy a lot of it and want to be able to spot a bargain, but most importantly creating the wine list is the best job in any restaurant, in my opinion. And when I own a restaurant, I want the best job.
There are no guarantees that I am even going to be good at wine tastings, but if I don’t try I’ll never know. And this will give me a little project to keep me busy whilst My Chef does his thing.
So I’ve finally signed up for the level 2 WSET course. It’s starts in a month and I am already doing some pre-reading (and of course some tasting!) I’m actually really looking forward to this new challenge. All winter I felt like I needed to get something of my own to sink my teeth into, so this will be great.
I’m also really looking forward to meeting the others in the class. I am guessing it will be full of people in the hospitality industry so maybe I will finally be able to crack the staffing issues for My Chef :-) But they’ll also be people who share my like of wine and might even become friends, and really who doesn’t like friends?!?!?
Wish me luck!