What a relief, level one is complete but now I am pursuing my level two or Certified Sommelier. The great thing about passing the Certified exam is that when you pass, you are always considered a Certified Sommelier unlike level one where you only have three years before your introductory sommelier is ‘expired’ and you would have to re-test in order to take the Certified exam.
I already had one study buddy, Dana, but I thought it would be nice to have one more person in our group so I went back to the Connect page on the Guild Somm website and found Rachel! She caught my eye because she had passed the Certified exam and she sat for the Advanced exam but didn’t pass.
We agreed to get together once a week and cover one region at a time. During our study sessions we would focus mostly on theory and then at the end of two or three regions we would do a dinner/tasting. We started in France, mostly because if you can understand French wine laws and regions then you can understand the rest of the wine world. We had worked our way through the Loire Valley, Champagne, and Alsace when we thought it would be a good time for a dinner/tasting!
Dana and her husband were gracious enough to host all of us (the ladies and our respected gentlemen) for our first dinner. Dana and her husband prepared Coq au Vin and paired it with a red Burgundy (which is a Pinot Noir); Rachel and Clint brought a foie gras terrine and a trout gillette paired with a grower Champagne; Jake and I brought duck rillette with cranberry mostarda paired with a sec Vouvray. Everything was simply amazing!
As the night progressed and a few more glasses of wine were poured, we started talking about women in the wine business and our passion to become more knowledgable about wine in general. There was one point in which Rachel spoke up and decided to give our study group a name, we are now known as the Cork Dorks. It is a perfect name, not only are we serious about our wine studies but we try to have fun doing it!
Now that you have heard the back story of the Cork Dorks and you know a little about who we are, I will start sharing more about what region we are studying and what wines I’ve tasted throughout that week. Until next time…