So, about three quarters of a year ago I had a major birthday. What better way to celebrate than to take a course in something? As a lover of wine an introductory wine course seemed a fabulous idea; particularly since I was definitely the type of person who would look at a wine list and go “Ah yes, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. I have heard of all of those grapes and probably like them”. Invariably I ended up buying either the second cheapest or the one with the prettiest label…bonus if they were one and the same! Show me a French bottle and I would merely run, screaming, for the hills. Little did I realise how sucked in I would get. I loved the course I did. At the end I decided to run a little wine tasting at a dinner party I was hosting. It took AGES to do the research, even with all my new knowledge. It was then that an idea started to take shape in my mind and I tried writing a couple of self-tasting documents for friends and friends of friends. So far so good but my knowledge still wasn’t all I hoped it would be – the terror of the French bottles still loomed large in my head.
So last week saw the culmination of my first genuine qualification since graduating from teaching college! I knew that it was working when I picked up a French bottle I’d been saving and knew not only the grapes likely to be dominant in the blend but also understood that the bottle was from a major player in Bordeaux and was from a superior vintage! I have rarely felt satisfaction like it. And so begins my foray into the world of wine.
UPDATE: I passed with distinction :-D