Trying to connect with driven Somms attending the Advanced Course in Dallas this Spring. Would anyone be open to starting a study group or sharing their tips on preparing for the course?
Anyone who has attended the course, do you have any strategies to get the most out of the experience?
Thanks in advance!
Just enjoy the course and network with the people around you, ask questions. Your not going to be tested, so just take notes on the seminars and have fun. The best thing to know before you go is your grid. Know "the grid". That's the best thing to know before hand because when you do the breakout tastings with the MS's you can get better feedback from them.
John, I’m excited about attending as well....took several attempts to get a seat. Everyone has encouraged me to taste using the grid on the testable wines before arriving, as to get the most out of the small group breakouts.
See you in Dallas
Echoing Mr. Conn's statement, know thy tasting grid. The idea behind the course is to give you an understanding of the level of knowledge that is expected when you actually sit for the exam. Go in, soak it all up, and don't be a fly on the wall. Engage. Participate. Not just with the Masters, but also your peers from around the country. It's an invaluable experience. Enjoy!
Certainly be prepared and have your grid memorized. Remember that while this is an opportunity to network, take it all in, and learn, it's also a chance to show those who are your peers and ultimately will accept your application to take the exam that you are serious and ready for the next step. You should have blinded wines in the past, done a flight of six, and know your theory.
I'm attending the course in April as well! The 2 MS's I study under are putting a strong emphasis on the grid and theory so that's been my focus. I hope to see you down there!
Thanks for your insight. I hope to see you there too!
I can send you some materials and PowerPoints from when I took the course. Even though the topics will be different, you can gauge the structure and depth they dive into for the seminars.
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Greetings from Canada John! I will be seeing you in Dallas in April! I look forward to connecting. Best
Tim Sorek said it best. I’ll double down on his thoughts. HAVE FUN, there is no exam looming at the conclusion of the course.
Did they send out the syllabus yet? I followed that to brush up on the topics we'd be covering. Try to blind taste as much as you can. The tasting breakouts with the Masters can be a little unnerving at first, but they needn't be. They do a fantastic progression with the tasting exercises, pairing you with a partner and things like that. It's not till the last day that you are talking through the grid from start to finish in front of the table on your own. I'd do a unit on varietal characteristics to prepare for the tastings as well. Above all, get psyched. It's a truly phenomenal experience. As they will emphasize to you, THERE IS NO TEST. Enjoy the experience. You're going to taste some amazing wines and get so much knowledge in the lectures. I wish I could do it all over again.
I’ll be there in April too, and appreciate all these tips and insights on preparation. I don’t believe they have sent out a syllabus yet, but will keep an eye out for it. Thanks!
Thanks for your insight Brandon!
Ryan, I'll look out for you. Are you staying at the Four Seasons?