O.k., so I have decided to do the unthinkable, document the countdown until my Master Sommelier Diploma Exam to be held in Napa from February 23-25th, 2010. In the name of Julie and Julia, I thought it might be fun slash inspiring to share what I will endure to prepare for the final challenge of the Holy Grail with anyone who is interested in reading my blog. As I listen to my new favorite song, Run Honey Run, by Morcheeba (that actually came out in February of last year), here begins my liquid journey:
Received the email from the court that I would be able to sit for the exam in February…YIPPEE!! Am I excited? Yes. Am I scared? Absolutely. Do I have high hopes? But of course.
Stephen blinds me with a ringer…see post before last to understand what ringer is .I completely blow it. Couldn’t identify a Loire Sauvignon Blanc on the 6th try. Why am I doing this to myself?
Go to bed before self-doubt and self-loathing eat me alive.
Wake up in the morning and check www.guildsomm.com
Where is Vire Clesse? Check
Criots Batard Montrachet is a grand cru of what village? Check minus
What is the unofficial 8th Grand Cru of Chablis? Missed it by a hair
Go through the motions of the day…send in my check for $800 big ones and start looking for flights on www.hotwire.com
SCORE! Find a round trip flight to San Francisco from Raleigh, NC for $256, including taxes, at least I’m doing something right.
Ask sweet husband what he thinks about service, where should I focus my studies when it comes to working the floor…decide upselling is crucial
Get home, love all over my children and get ready for my blind tasting
4 minutes per wine…finish at 7.34.09
Final conclusions: Pinot Gris from Friuli 2007 and Brunello di Montalcino 2003
Right wines: Pinot Gris from Oregon 2007 and Chianti Fiorentini 2006
varietals were right, but specifics were not
Time to go to bed…as my facebook friend says, “Keep the faith”