Good morning. I am in a unique situation in that I will test for the certification in Colorado Springs in March 2019, as I recently passed the Intro course (that in itself, not unique). The caveat with me is that I am not in the "industry", and so do not have the opportunity to practice service. I am a healthcare provider (weird, huh?), and am thoroughly enjoying the process of learning about wine, service, different regions and everything else that goes along with this process- and it's fun to think where this might take me. So my question is two part, really.
Is there anyone in the front range Colorado area, that would be willing to share some of his/her service wisdom and secondly, are there any tasting groups in the area that would be amenable to "the new guy" joining? Or I guess, better yet, any study groups in the area covering/preparing for all these elements of the test?
Okay, maybe that was a three part question.
Any thoughts (or even responses) on this would be greatly appreciated!
I have tasting groups going at Bigsby's Folly--check it out. You're welcome to join--let me know if you have any questions. docs.google.com/.../edit
Hi my name is Allyson Berenguer, I am currently a chef in a similar predicament as Darrin, that being having limited time with actual service. I am also looking for a wine tasting group to join. Do you have any additional openings? I plan on taking the test in October for my level II.
HI Matt, sorry for the delayed response- thank you so much. I'd like to try to make some of the tastings on the weekends. My schedule during the week is 8-5, so the daytime tastings aren't an option for me but I'll see what I can do for the Sat/Sun tasting in July. Thank you again!
Hi Matt-I am also looking for a tasting group, but it's already the end of July so I am wondering if you will be continuing this. I am looking to take my certified exam a year from November.
Allyson- did you get any advice on service practice?
Hi Lisa- although, not a "formal" group- myself and a friend that took the Intro with me (he's now doing WSET) have been tasting. Our wives have the Guildsomm list and do the coravin pouring for us and can pick anything they want off the list. Usually about 3-4 in the flight. We'll taste sometimes once/week sometimes an impromptu tasting as we are neighbors. We don't have a formal moderator but refer to GuildSomm, vintner's notes etc when we unvail the answers- we usually have a healthy discussion that follows, trying to pick apart the varietals. if you're interested, nothing fancy- just trying to learn, let me know.
Hi Darrin. Sounds good! Are you in Boulder or Denver. I'm in Boulder
Right in between, we're in Westminster, so not too far away!
just let me know if you would welcome another to the group and the next time you plan to meet! I'm not signed up to take the exam yet, I'm hoping to do that in Nov. 2019. I just did my CSW and have WSET 2 as well, but I'd like to have some restaurant options.
you can email me offline at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sure will. You are more than welcome to join us. Next tasting, probably next week some time. I'll shoot you an email.
Hi, my Husband and I live ten minutes south of Denver. We would love to join as well. We both are in the service industry and are opening our own restaurant in November but are trying to get Certified at the same time! If you have room we'd love to try and do tasting with you all. We are in the middle of designing our wine list so we have vendors that are giving us a lot of wine to try.
I believe that two more will be great. That'll give us 5, so I think that will be a good number to still go through a fight of 3-4 wines in a night and discuss the finer points. We'll figure out logistics. Send me an email at email@example.com and we'll give you guys the details. Thanks for showing interest! We'll talk and learn soon.
I didn't subscribe to this, so missed all the discussion! I'm happy to say I passed the Certified exam, and I was thinking of putting together a formal class at work (Denver Winery) where I'd put together 6-8 tastings of all the testable varietals, help you with theory and give you service practice. Is that of interest to you?
See my response above to Darrin... I was thinking of putting together a tasting class built specifically for the Certified Exam. Include tasting all varietals, lead discussions and practice theory and service. Would that be of interest to you?