A Bit More Edumacated About Wine

by Miki, This Is The Life Winer

Okay, so I’m a LITTLE bit slow!  At least I’m more edumacated!

Last year, I wrote an article on the different avenues that one can take to increase their knowledge about wine.  In that article, I made a commitment to our readers that I was going to sign up for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level One course through a school in Colorado.





Well, I not only kept that commitment but I also actually attended that class in October – I just didn’t tell you about it….because…well, I guess procrastination. Let me formally apologize.  I’m sorry! Go ahead.  Let me have it!  I deserve your chastising!

Whew! I feel better now.

>Myself and Brian, the “Timeless” Winer and the other member of our team that has an interest in acting as a sponge when it comes to wine, flew to Colorado to attend the one-day session at The Wine Education Institute.



We arrived the night before, stayed at a nearby military base (Brian is retired Air Force), sat outside at a picnic bench for HOURS talking and talking and talking, and proceeded to drink 3 bottles of wine and stay up until the wee hours of the morning.  Can you say “Not a smart decision!”


Bottle #1

Bottle #3 was had with dinner, hence the smile on Brian’s face. The next morning was not pretty.

Bottle #2



The next morning was not pretty.

The class, however, was very good. Of course, neither of us REALLY wanted to taste any more wine, but forced ourselves as not partaking would have diminished the experience as well as give us away.

The class material was a mix of very basic information (grape varietals, the extraction and fermentation process, proper storage, terroir, etc.) and also new information (wine and food pairing, the proper way to open a bottle, and a bit on identifying the aromas and flavor characteristics of a wine).


The brave Traveling Winers trying not to think about their headaches….STUPID!

End result? We both passed the post-test (I hang my head in shame as I admit that Brian scored higher…..I may never live it down.)


Here we are again, trying not to fall asleep (due to the alcohol, of course, not the instructor!)

Now on to Level 2.  I have made the commitment to move on to the next level, but haven’t chosen a date.  I need to do that soon or time will just continue to slip away.  I’m thinking that maybe October 2015 sounds like a good time!

Until this saga continues, Cheers!

Miki “This is the Life” Winer

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