In Pursuit of my Champagne Master Level Certification
The past six months have been pretty hard. I am back in the D.C. area and figuring out the new normal. I still wake up thinking I am going to hear my mom’s voice telling me everything I am doing is right, it will work, and I am proud of you. She was the only person I truly discussed which wine certifications I wanted to get and in what order I planned to pursue them. After completing my Wine & Spirits Education Level Two Certification last year I knew I wanted to take a break before pursuing Level 3. I wanted to delve deep into champagne especially since I lead luxury tours to the region with Up in the Air Life. I took the plunge and now am a studying for my Champagne Master Level Certification. And it is a doozy.
The program is one year. One year of studying, webinars, memorization, thinking differently, maps, and pursuing this dream with over 75 people from around the globe. I have a study partner in Alison Marriott, creator of D.C. Champagne Week. It’s great to have a person to share the struggles and the joys of so much information. Plus, let’s be honest; studying while drinking champagne is even better. This doesn’t mean I won’t be writing and tasting from other regions. That won’t ever happen.
I will admit it is a lot of information. It is more than just studying grapes, but soil composition, blending, history, geography, elevation, climate, and so much more. It’s is more than popping bottles although this is happening too. I’m excited and scared at the same time. I have downloaded all my handouts to my iPad to study from the road. I’ll be posting about my here on the blog, my newsletter, and on all my social media.
If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!