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DD accepted for Master Sommelier exam

Gretchen's picture

She took and passed the Intro level for the Court of Master Sommeliers over the weekend.  Two full days of class (fast-paced recap of previous studies) with 5 (of the 96 U.S. Master Sommeliers) who happen to live in Colorado.
She and her coworker missed only one out 70 questions--scored highest in the class. A friend who is a Master has said he will help them prepare for the exam in June with work and tastings.  Really neat for her.

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MadMom's picture

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She has my awe and admiration.  I always envy people who can taste the nuances in wine.  I'm afraid I'm one of those people who "likes it or doesn't like it" and that's about all I can say!



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I am too!!!  She, her brothers and her dad will really work at tasting a wine. We do have a lot of fun when gathered doing that with wines she picks for us.


They do a LOT of tastings for the restaurant--3 or 4 a week! She gets to have a lot of experience and works hard at it.


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Maybe things have changed, but historically, women Sommeliers have been very rare.  Good for her, and good for you!

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Tell her congrats from me--and lucky you to have that knowledge to draw on.


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Oh, that's great! Congratulations to her!

 


 


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Adele's picture

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Major Congrats to DD!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

shipscook's picture

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That is Wonderful Gretchen!!!!!


What is her next step, after Master--writing a column for an important publication? In the industry?


Wow very cool,


Nan


Edited 2/10/2009 4:16 pm ET by shipscook

Gretchen's picture

(post #51854, reply #8 of 28)

She works as a sommelier and manager at John Elway's restaurant in Denver.  Glenys's friend was who taught her first two classes. She has worked hard on this and everything else.  ;o)

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Heather's picture

(post #51854, reply #9 of 28)

Congratulations to DD!

Gretchen's picture

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Many many thanks to all who have commented. It is a lot of fun.


I have seen her "notebooks" from her 2 prior courses--they are easily 2 notebooks, 3" thick with hand written/filled in pages about wines, diagrams, etc. I truly don't know how she does/did it. She has even thought about taking a geology course (she happened to LOVE her "Rocks for Jocks" college geology course) to learn about "terroir".


She absolutely adored her instructor--Glenys's friend. She lit the fire, no doubt about it.


But, as MadMom and I have said, you can know EVERYthing (not that we do--MM may, but I don't!!) but you have to have the palate. She scored very high on the tastings, of course.  Anyway, if you're a momma, you also get to be a proud one!!  Thanks everyone.


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MadMom's picture

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MM knows nothing...and I envy everyone who does!



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Gretchen's picture

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OH, it's definitely you and me, Babe!!  ;o)

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MadMom's picture

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Well, although I certainly know what I like (whether it's a $5 bottle or a $50 one) sure would be nice to have an "in" with someone who actually knows what they're talking about, LOL.



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ouzo's picture

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Congratulations to your DD and best of luck to her. I am sure she has worked hard to succeed as she is.

 


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BonnieinHolland's picture

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Gretchen, congratulations to  your daughter!  One of the most interesting things about wine, I think, is that you can never know everything...it's just too complicated and there are too many variables.  Fun stuff!  cheers, Bonnie

Gretchen's picture

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Thank you. And, of course, every year brings a new challenge to your knowledge.
She is very fortunate to be where she is--and able to know LOTS of others in the wine "industry".  We ate at Fusion last year, and she was talking about the sommelier there, and his wine list--and how much he knew. And, like you, she just loves it.

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jrobin's picture

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Thats very neat! You would think women would be better at it than men.


Can I ask how old your daughter is?  How does one even work their way to that point? 


Jennifer


 

Gretchen's picture

(post #51854, reply #18 of 28)

She's 39.  She has been in and out of restaurant jobs for a good while. And because of her job at Elway's, wanted to become a sommelier a couple of years ago and took two VERY demanding year long courses to get her to a second  "degree". I don't know the proper terminology, so won't muddy the water with it. There are very few Masters. But after that point it is a LOT more about actual tasting experience than just learning the basics of wines, regions, etc. --probably one of  the reasons so many don't go on.  And there may not be that much more upside to a certain point.  She's  fortunate to have that opportunity where she is.  She is just unusually well suited to be in a the service industry--really personable--and smart!! But I'm a "mom".


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All I can add is WOW!  That's an incredible accomplishment and takes a lot of dedication. And as MOM you are certainly allowed to feel as proud as you do!  She sounds like an awesome offspring!  And she's certainly lucky to be pursuing her passion. Thanx for sharing.

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KarenP's picture

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  How GREAT for her Gretchen!  A fascinating journey. 

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That is wonderful -- congratulations to her!

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BonnieinHolland's picture

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Gretchen, just for fun, here are the typical questions for the blind tasting exam portion of the Master of Wine exam....it isn't so much reaching the right answer about what the wine is, but your thought process being logical and reaching a logical conclusion.  You get more points for thinking it out clearly than for having the right wine.  Fiendish stuff.  I went to a Master of Wine tasting, with 3 Masters of Wine, where we went through this process.  When I did the WSET Diploma, we did a modified version of this....cheers, Bonnie


Question 1


Wines 1 to 4 are predominantly from the same, single variety.


a)      Identify the predominant grape variety, giving reasons.


 Then for each wine:


b)      Identify the origin as closely as possible, giving reasons.


c)      Discuss the style of the wine with reference to the winemaking techniques employed.


 


 Question 2


Wines 5 to 7 are from the same region and the same, single grape variety.


a)   Identify the grape variety, giving reasons.


b)   Identify the region as closely as possible, giving reasons.


Then for each wine:


c)   Comment on the quality, and place it in order of quality relative to the other two wines.


d)      Asses the state of maturity and the capacity to age further.


 


Question 3


 


Wines 8-12 are from five different single grape varieties and five different countries. For each wine, giving reasons:


a)      Identify the grape variety


b)      Identify the country and region of origin.


c)      Comment on the quality


d)      State the level of alcohol

Gretchen's picture

(post #51854, reply #22 of 28)

Thank you. DD actually explained it that way when she took her last exam.  I've forgotten how many wines it was ( a lot and a lot of very fine ones), and it was more important, as you say to describe your thought process. But I think she missed very few.


My thought process would be                                       .!!  LOL


You guys are just amazing!!


In their new house there is one room sort of below ground level which they are turning into a wine room and office. Perfect temp.


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leonap's picture

(post #51854, reply #23 of 28)

Congratulations to your DD! How exciting! Enjoy your proud Mom moment(s). You deserve it!

SallyBR1's picture

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WHAT A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT!

COngratulations for her! Very impressive!

Glenys's picture

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I've been so busy I've been meaning to send greetings and best wishes. I was driving home from my brother-in-law's memorial service last night, turned on the radio, and there was DJ, doing a a piece on wines from Chile; yes, from Chile on Chilean wines. Then David Scholefield, her amazing paramour, came on, again via telephone, from a chateau in France. Sigh.
Anyway your dear daughter should know that those who are less stuffy, pompous and chauvinistic, agree that woman often have the superior wine palate to men. On that note, I know it's a huge and rewarding undertaking, and often takes years to get the evaluation. It's a tough job but someone young has to do it! Good for her!

Gretchen's picture

(post #51854, reply #27 of 28)

Many thanks. She will really appreciate this from you. And you know how she adored DJ.  Condolence about your loss. This isn't a great season it seems.

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Marcia's picture

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Somehow I missed this news, Gretchen. Congratulations to your DD; she must be very talented, and she's surely worked hard for this.