School’s Out for Summer

Well, guys, my first WSET experience has ended. After all the studying, all the highlighting, all the flashcards, all the practice tests – and let’s be honest, all the wine tasting – I have completed Level 2 of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust course! Although the class ended a couple of weeks ago, I just recently found out my score…

82%!! This means I passed “with merit”. I can’t help but be a little frustrated with myself that I was 3% away from passing “with distinction”! I was so close! All my life I have been a straight B student, balancing on the line of “just above average”, so at least I’m consistent šŸ˜‰ AndĀ I am still proud that my hard-earned “merit” will beĀ displayed on my certificate.

I credit my passing of course to studying, but also payingĀ very close attention to every word in every sentence of the question. The answer might seem obvious at first, but then one word that indicates a wine is from a certain region or climate might change the answer.Ā It also helped me to jot down or make mental notes of everything I knew about each word, term, grape, region, etc. that was mentioned in the question, and it helped me put the pieces together to mark the correct answers (41 answers out of 50 to be exact…)


So now what?

It’s technically summer vacation! Yes, I have a regular, full time job, but that does not discount that feeling of relief I remember so well back in elementary and high school. It is time to relax and enjoy wine perhapsĀ without analyzing every quality, but to just drink it for the sake of drinking.

The Level 3 classes begin in September, so after I save up a little more money I’ll be able to cover the cost of that next adventure. Cheers!



Back to School to Prove to Dad I’m Not a Fool

I have just begun my adventure into the world of wine. I started my Level 2 WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) course this week, and I definitely have those newbie vibes of pure excitement and eagerness.

Although I amĀ looking forward to learningĀ all that I can about the industry, there is the gloomy reality of havingĀ homework!Ā 

When I graduated college in 2012, I Ā remember the most relieving feeling was knowing I would never have another homework assignment again…hehe! But as the years went by, I feltĀ this longingĀ for my brain to learn things again. I missed the routine of going to class. I missed challenging myself. I missed that feeling of pride when I would know the answers to a test.

This WSET certification journey is going to fill voids in my life in multiple ways. One way is quenching my thirst for more education. Another way is helping me reroute my career path to one that is guided by a sincere interest and passion. And lastly, who wouldn’t want more wine in their life? Duh!

This blog serves as an outlet for me to express what I learn throughout this process. By sharing my knowledge with others, I’m helping myself retain it and put it into practice. Just as with everything else in life, use it or lose it!


P.S. The title of this post is a Billy Madison reference… in case you were thinking my dad made me do this šŸ˜‰