I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I’ve been spending my time studying instead of writing my blog lately. Why? Well I decided to become a CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) through the “Society of Wine Educators.” According to the Society the CSW “tests on wine knowledge and key elements within the world of viticulture and wine production. It is widely recognized and regarded by the international wine and spirits industry.”
I wanted to do this because I desire to delve into the world of the wine industry. I have some pretty good ideas of what I’d like to do but open to opportunities if they knock on my door.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I am 40+ years old and haven’t cracked a book or studied in any significant way since my college days many, many moons ago. To say I was rusty is an understatement. When I first started studying I felt as if the cogs in my brain just weren’t turning. I felt all cob webby up there and like nothing I was reading was ever going to stick. I kept plugging along and managed to actually fill my brain with wine knowledge, geography, grapes, production methods, etc. I flew to Napa the end of April to take my exam and although a nervous wreck passed and received my certification.
I’m writing this not only to give my blog some “clout” (in case you were wondering if I have any idea what I’m talking about) but mostly to encourage any of you out there who are considering following a dream, taking a leap of faith, or cracking open a book. I guarantee if you have passion and determination your cogs will start turning too.