Wow, I’ve had such a great week! I haven’t posted in a while, and I have such a lot to catch the blog up on!
First of all, I got to see a picnic in Cambria’s vineyards and the barn all decked out for Brad and Emily’s date on last week’s The Bachelor – everything looked so beautiful, and I was so happy that people watching got to see how gorgeous the Santa Maria area is!
Then, I started studying in earnest for the Introductory Sommelier Course Exam that I am taking this Thursday from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
But most exciting of all, I got to visit Cambria Winery last week!
It has been a while since I spent some quality time at the winery, so it was wonderful to spend two days immersing myself in all of the aspects of wine production and soaking up as much knowledge as I could. The best part was definitely getting to spend an entire day with Denise, getting to learn as much as I could from her about Cambria’s vineyards and terroir, what happens in a winery during the winter, Cambria’s vineyards and terroir, pruning, and the wines from this last harvest. It was amazing – I learned so much, and spending time with Denise and the rest of the wonderful vineyard and cellar crews at Cambria was so much fun! I will be posting more about my adventure at Cambria during the next few days, so come back within the next couple of days to see posts about pruning, terroir, and a sneak preview into the 2010 vintage wines! Today, though, I won’t be able to say more about it, because I am preparing for my first experience with Wine Boot Camp.
Of course, when I saw Wine Boot Camp, what I really mean is the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course. Starting tomorrow morning, I will be spending two days learning as much as I can about wine laws and regulations and wine-producing regions around the world. The intensive two days of classes finish in a rigorous exam that covers as much as it can about wine production around the world. I am really excited to take the class, but also quite a bit daunted by everything I need to learn before taking the test on Thursday afternoon. So far my studying has included trying to memorize things like the thirty-two Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy, the twenty wine regions in Italy, the numerous native grape varietals of Greece, and all the steps in the méthode champenoise way of making sparkling wines.
I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you more about the Master Sommelier classes, as well as my experience with the first day of class! Right now, though, I better go study. Wish me luck!