A Sommelier?

957234965_1I am going through a time in my life when I am just trying new things.  Maybe I’ll do something with it, maybe I won’t but I’m branching out.  It started with boot camp.  A huge hit for me.  Then I considered taking a writing class but instead opted for a 20 week class on becoming a Sommelier.  I had my first class today.

I love wine, always have.  The aroma, the taste, the industry, the matching of wines to food.  Maybe it is the foodie in me.  We have always enjoyed visiting vineyards.  Part of me has secretly had a desire to own a vineyard in Napa, live and work.  Hmmm, maybe not.  Instead, I opted to really learn more about wines, particularly the regions.

I am taking the class, one day a week, at the Sommelier Society of America.  When the course ends, you take a test and if you pass, you become a certified Sommelier.  The key here is keeping up the tastings and the interest.  This is where I am positive that I will be ready, willing and able.  I sincerely doubt that you will find me working in one of the finer restaurants about town but you never know.  I think this is more of a hobby.

There are 40 people in the class.  The majority of them are probably connected to the business of wine through food, retail, wholesale, etc.  Each week there are different speakers who teach on a different subject.  The subject could be regions, components, etc. 

This week we began with the introduction to wines. Darrin Siegfried spoke.  He was pretty good.  He has been a restaurant manager, former executive chef, is a sommelier, currently owns a wine store and also consults for restaurants so he has been involved with wine from all angles.  He was good. 

I’ll keep you posted.