If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I struggle to keep my studies fresh sometimes. By that I mean I get bored quickly when I just take notes, look at maps, and review flashcards day in and day out. I’ve tried a few different strategies but nothing seemed to stick very well. This week I’ve decided to try again; I put together a set schedule that will add more variety to my studies. By having more variety it will help round out my understanding of the wine world and keep my studies fresh at the same time.
On Mondays I will study theory for which ever region I am in. Theory is fun but challenging at the same time because it encompasses a lot of very detailed information. In case you are curious, this is how I break down theory: I start by looking at the region as a whole (Spain), then I dive into the sub regions or districts (La Rioja), and then the individual appellations themselves (Rioja DOCa) and lastly I will look at the sub regions located within individual appellations (Rioja Alta). The details I look at in each region are as follows: soil type(s), climate, authorized varietals for red/white/rosé/sparkling wines, minimum/maximum alcohol content and the aging requirements for each style of wine produced. Wow – right?!
Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be my two days to write for all of you! For whatever reason I don’t like to sit down and write out a blog in one sitting so I take two.
On Thursdays I will write a short story about one of the wines we currently offer in the restaurant. One aspect of my job is to personalize the guests experience; I am fortunate enough to do that through wine service. Right now I can sell a bottle of wine but when I am table side opening the bottle, I struggle to tell the guest more about the wine/winery/producer. Hopefully this exercise helps.
Fridays are going to be designated to learning about vintages. Everyone talks about 1982 in Bordeaux or whatever fill in the blank amazing/mind blowing vintage you want, but why is this so important? I really don’t know, yet.
Saturdays I plan to study producers and importers. I will start with the wine list at our restaurant then move on to other restaurants wine lists. I don’t have much knowledge about this aspect of the business so I am looking forward to learning more!
Sunday is my FUN DAY which means I will meet up with the Cork Dorks at a coffee shop down the road for group review. We will mainly use flashcards, maps, and whatever other materials we can find that are useful. Eventually we will have to incorporate blind tastings into it but for now we just review.
In addition to all of that I set a goal of reading at least three wine related articles a week. This is my way of staying current with the ever changing wine industry. By adding these new areas of study to my schedule I think it will help me build confidence which will reciprocate itself in many ways down the road, I just know it.
I would just like to say thank you for following me on my journey to become a Master Sommelier, it means so much to have your support. Please be sure to leave a comment and subscribe to my blog so you can stay up to date on all of my latest adventures!