As I mentioned last week, I started the WSET Level 3 course. Many of the suppositions I made about the program were correct.
- I am one of the older (although not the oldest) person in the class. It doesn’t bother me. I assumed many of the students would be younger.
- Many of the students work in the food and beverage industry. That’s a no brainer. As a food blogger, I’m on the very fringe of that industry, which is fine with me.
- There is a lot to learn. The instructor verified that. It’s much like taking a college course; you’ll spend 2-3 times the amount of class time studying at home.
- There will be a good amount of wine sampling. On the first night we sampled 4 wines. In the next few weeks, we will move to 6 wines per class.
There also were things that I didn’t know.
- The tasting isn’t the hardest part of the exam. The instructor had numerous tips to help with it and will continue to share them during the course.
- There’s no need to bring a laptop. I bring my laptop to 95% of my meetings, so I can take notes. When you’re sitting at a table with an assortment of glasses, crackers, and pitchers, there’s no room for a laptop.
Finally, there were things that I didn’t consider.
- Although we sampled 4 glasses of wine, we drank none. In fact, after we took our first sip, he recommended that everyone spit. Ah, yes, the paper cup wasn’t for water; it was our personal spittoon.
- Sampling a number of wines is tiring for your palate. Although I drank none of the wine, my mouth definitely felt like I had consumed a lot of wine. I honestly had zero interest in actual glass of wine when I got home.
One week down, fifteen weeks to go. I have a lot of studying to do in that timeframe. And I have to say, I’m pretty excited about it.