We're about a month out, and I thought there should be a central place where we can "meet" before the test for ridesharing/roommate-finding/tasting-in-room info and such. I'll start...
Jodi Bronchtein - Charleston, SC/McCrady's - This is my first attempt at Advanced. Arriving on June 30th. Staying at the Four Seasons with a roommate. Bringing wine to taste and want you to be there. Study best with others. On restaurant hours which means I'm in the zone from one to four am. More details to follow.
Same boat here! First attempt at the Advanced Exam. I am flying in from Phoenix, AZ to Dallas TX on the 30th, landing around 6:20pm. I plan on bringing botlles for late night tastings for prep for the exam. Not that it will help for the exam, just to get the game face on! I leave on the 3rd around 11:20 pm from DFW and will be staying at the Four Seasons Resort in the main Tower with the rest of the Somms at the special rate.
We have a Skype theory group that has been assembled. please reach out to us if you wish to join. I saw there was another Advanced Skype group here. I would like to join forces.
My best advice came in the form of an Email from Shayn Bjornholm, a few days before the exam, advising rest, and a breather form study and blind tasting. Nonetheless, I brought about 1000 flash cards, three wine books, and had the intent of blind tasting myself before the exam. I didn't touch any of them, I hung out with people that I had met, went out and enjoyed the scene in Portland, tried to get extra hours of sleep, etc… Most importantly, I trusted in my preparation, and hadn't exhausted myself, so that when exam time came, I was fresh, and had enough energy to power through all of these rigorous exams. Best of luck to all of you. Travel light!