After 3 years of continuisly working in the restaurant and wine/food media fields, I finally tackled what I had been wanting and putting off of, signing up for the Certified level on September 12th, again in Campbell, CA, a significant step up that is a series of 3 tests. A blind tasting of 1 white and 1 red wine, to be properly analyzed, followed by a 40 question test (multiple choice, matching answer, and short answer), followed by a service exam suggesting food and wine pairings, opening a bottle of champagne and duscussing cocktails and spirits. I crammed unendingly up to the last minute, uzilizing books, the Internet, my girlfriend and friends to all ends, and still worked 5-6 days a week. I was both excited and nervous going in.
I was thrilled, humbled and relieved.
And now, the next step, Advanced. An even greater leap. But I think I'll travel to Europe and South of the Border first...