About choices and taking a break

vineyards with viewI’m back. I didn’t really want to take a break, but sometimes, I have to admit to myself that I can’t have everything at the same time.

When I decided to took the exam for WSET Level 3  Award in Wines back in March, I didn’t know that it would be that difficult for me. As soon as I started to study for the exam, I noticed that there are much more wine regions in the world than that I know. This is a sad fact arising from the fact that our knowledge is more or less shaped by the outside factors. My wine knowledge would be tiny, if I would have let the limited wine market in Turkey shape my knowledge. But still, even after I read tons of articles, magazines, books, and even after so many tastings, my knowledge was of course still  limited, mainly because of my personal interest. For instance, I have never been a big fan of sweet wines, and sweet and fortified wines could never got into my mouth! But I had to know everything about them, if I wanted to take it to the next level.

Other than the fact that the exam was not easy for me anyway, the fact that I took it in German didn’t make it easier. I wanted to be able to talk and write about wine in the language of the country in which I live. So, it is always about the choices, isn’t it?

I attended one week of classes in Hamburg for the preparation for the exam, and then I took it. We tasted two wines, we wrote our tasting notes, then we had to answer 50 multiple choice questions, and then we had to write 4-5 full pages for the open-end questions. If you are curious about the details about the exam, you can find all details here.

Anyway, it is over now. The results will be announced later, hopefully before the end of the year.  In the meantime, I will be writing my stories about wine and sharing them with you here.


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