I recently completed Wines 2 at George Brown. I passed, but it definitely wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. Not that I
didn’t love it – I very much did – but my newbie-ness was on full display. I’m
still pretty awful at blind tastings, though I’m getting better (thankfully),
but I find testing situations just brutal.
Really, I don’t know why this happens, but when you call
something an exam I completely freeze up. That wasn’t the case when I was in
school – I was great at exams back then – but when it comes to tasting I turn
into an uncertain mess. It’s probably all the pressure I put on myself, but it’s
frustrating. I don’t know how to stop second-guessing myself so much. In a
normal non-exam setting, I find it pretty easy to tell Pinot from Nebbiollo,
but in an exam they sure start to seem similar.
Whatever the case, I did my best, I learned an enormous amount
and I found that at the end of the day I was still just as much in love with
wine. But given my recent experiences I think I need to take a break from
classes for a little while. Everyone at school has way more life experience
with wine than I do and I think I need to get some more of that under my belt.
So I’m going to take the fall to read all the expensive wine books I’ve
purchased, attend all the tastings I get invited to and really practice my wine
You can expect to see more reviews posted on Wine Align
(where I’m a member of the blogger cru) and I’ll continue to post regularly
on the blog about my adventures. I think that my formal wine education will continue
in the new year, but we’ll see. No more pressure for this wine lover – for now
it’s going to be all about learning at my own pace.
And who knows, maybe if I go back to doing this just for
love I’ll feel a little less stressed about things and ready to tackle another semester. After watching the documentary
SOMM recently (which I highly recommend) I realized that I am not the only
person who has gone a little crazy for the love of wine learning! And even
though I can’t see myself ever having the ability to pass the master sommelier
exam (can you even imagine what a nervous tester like me would be like trying
to pass the hardest exam in the world?) I do love that there was a little part
of me who wondered if I could do it. Ah, wine, you do have such a vice grip on