How about a little humble pie for Sunday morning brunch, say you? I’ve just had a hot, steaming pile of it friends, and trust me – it’s not tasty.
The gap of passionately drinking, sharing and loving ALL things of the wine world versus becoming a student of wine in order to think and drink like a professional, is a proverbial Grand Canyon of distance that I’ve set myself out to cover. Let me try my best to paint the picture of my current reality:
I’ve just spent the morning studying basic entry questions, completing a timed multiple choice format sample level one exam. Some of the questions:
- What year was the Judgement of Paris?
- Assemble the following four AVAs as they appear from North to South
- The Los Carneros AVA is split by which of the following two counties?
- What is the most planted grape in the Willamette Valley?
- Which type of wine is a Sauternes?
- Which type of wine is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape?
Scoring barely 70% on the practice exam taught me this: what I have learned so far, is that I know nothing at all. I need to study smarter and more in order to pass level one, and I am already behind the timeline due to an unavoidable delay into the world of essential oils. A worthy digression for health and wellness issues, but I am back to my passion in wine study and feeling repentant for missed time. Wine study requires MOMENTUM. Like muscle memory, your senses WILL get dull if you break pattern, which I did. Now I understand the flashcard bonfire that Brian McClintic had after passing Master in February of 2011.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
~ Albert Einstein
Time to pull myself up by the wine stem and get back to the books. Setting new targets for a Washington Masterclass in Austin, TX this November. Should help with networking, confidence, and I could use the reality boost of getting out of my own mind and into the presence of working wine professionals.
In the wine world, if you do not have a passion, you will be left behind. And while I can’t pass with 70% of academic performance, at least, there is that: I remain ignited!