Hi, I have my exam in just over a week and when I am practicing filling out the Cert exam tasting grid I always struggle to write a few words next to the: Explain Why box next to the primary grape section, should I just repeat what I filled in above i.e. if I select Malbec it is because of the tannins, primary flavors etc.
Also for the origin: New World vs. Old for me it is always whether the fruit is tart or not. Would they be expecting more?
Finally, for type of climate I know this is general and is not always true, however for a hot climate I tend to go with a higher alcohol as a region as well as riper fruit. However I know there are many cases where this is not true.
What is expected to be written in these sections? Thank you in advance, getting nervous...
Good luck on your upcoming exam! Sounds like you are on the right track. When I took my exam, I wrote just a couple of words for each of those. For example if you think the wine is CA Chardonnay:
Grape Selection - Chardonnay - Yellow Apple, Low Acidity
New/Old - New - New Oak, Elevated Alcohol
Climate - Warm - Elevated Alcohol, Low Acidity, Ripe Fruit
My understanding is that these explanations are to confirm that you can make the correlation between how the above affects the finished product, and also serves the purpose of making you justify your answers. Try not to spend a long time on them, covey your explanations in as few words as possible, but make sure they confirm your conclusion.
Best of luck!
Perfect, thanks. That really helps!
It may sound obvious, but don’t leave anything blank! Every line is points awarded (or not, if you accidentally miss something). Make sure you’re filling in every single bubble and blank every time you’re filling out a grid all the way down to the sales pitch. And make sure not to forget the phrase “apparent and key to your conclusion” as is printed on the grid.
Cheers and best of luck!
Thanks for the advice!
To the “apparent and key to your conclusion” point, one thing I’m confused about is I’m only marking yes if it is absolutely key to my conclusion correct? Or do you mean for each “yes” answer that next to it we need to write “apparent to my conclusion because.....”. Just a little confused as to what exactly it’s asking me to say and don’t want to miss something silly!
I was wondering how we know if it’s key to our conclusion if we haven’t made one yet
I agree with everything Jason said. I would just emphasize to focus on structural elements that pertain to key varietal or stylistic markers.