Eve Bushman has taken it upon herself to attain a Level 2WSET training. She will be writingabout her journey in fits and starts up to and including the classes that will take place on October 3rd and the 10th. (Sign up NOW for this class orthe next one by contacting DiMaggio Washington atDiMaggio@TheCellarWBR.com) Her Day markers below will not show every day of everyweek, she thinks, but every day she dares to tackle the work. She is writing this now, in the thirdperson, as she’s stone cold sober and freaking out just a little…
Day One: Pick uppackage containing books, photograph splayed contents, daunted at the idea:What will Eve’s Wine 101 be called if I the pass course?
Day Two: Find a highlighter. Read up through page 28 of StudyGuide. Hold strong to a beliefsystem that 28 hours of study, with 16 for teaching delivery time fromfriend/sommelier/The Cellar owner DiMaggio Washington, leaves only 12 hours oftime to study. Calendar the 12hours within the work-week between the two Sunday classes, promising self – inthese notes – not to taste my way through each lesson.
Take the first 4 short quizzes, in the study guide, and seethat I can get more than half right already. Bolstered enough to affix yellow post-it note to hide all ofthe answers next time. Happy thatDiMaggio believes that my 101 knowledge allows me to challenge WSET Level 1 andgo straight through to Level 2!
Looking at the syllabus: http://www.wsetglobal.com/qualifications/22.aspand find that one part of this sentence scares me: “Students of all WSETqualifications learn to taste in a logical, systematic and above allprofessional mannerthrough the WSET’s tasting system, designed to build an individual’s skillsprogressively through the different qualification levels.”
Logical, systematic and above all professionalmanner….hmm…readers, does this even sound remotely like me? Yikes!
Day Three: E-mail wine blogger pals also in class, Denise Lowe (Goddess of Vino) and Claudia Sheridan (A Toast To Me!), to arrange study groups as DiMaggio
claims says that will help. Told them that we should do it sans wine, but I might need to bring a flask…
What in the heck is WSET? I asked DiMaggio to explain: “Hello to allinterested in the WSET wine program. There are several internationally knowninstitutions providing serious wine course programs. The Court of Masters, theISG and the WSET (Wine Spirit Education and Trust) out of London. Theseprograms provide an avenue to become a Sommelier. There are various Sommelierlevels. A Sommelier, a Certified Sommelier, anAdvanced Sommelier and a Master Sommelier and there is also a Master of Wine.I’m offering an Intermediate Level for the WSET, this is a 16 hour program witha recommended (32 hours home study) and a 1 hour exam. You will also tastethrough 48 wines from 12 countries of Regions. At some point you may choose toapply for taking the Certified Sommelier Exam (hosted by the Court of Masters)or continue with your education for the Advance level and Master Level. I hopethis is of some help to all interested.”