After sitting the exams there was a tangible feeling of relief, which was celebrated with food and wine, but there was always that little seed of fear – had I really done enough? What if I fell short? Could I push myself through that rigorous study regimen all over again?
But the results came in, and I’m happy to report that I passed all of my exams for the WSET Diploma.
After two years of solid study, I feel very humbled to be able to join the ranks of fewer than 10,000 people in the world who have reached this goal.
A Long Path
Looking back, it’s still quite hard to imagine how much has happened.
Taking stock of my previous studies, this timeline emerged:
- WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits – April 2013
- WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits – May 2014
- Court of Master Sommeliers (Certified) – July 2015
- WSET Level 3 in Sake – October 2016
- WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits – April 2018
Five years passed, just like that.
A long period for sure, but they flew right by, measured in lunches and dinners worked on the floor, classes attended, hours studied and wines tasted.
I am grateful for many things that helped to get me here today.
I am grateful to my manager and Head Sommelier for giving me the flexibility to balance my studies with work.
I am grateful to my family who have supported me in their own way.
I am grateful to the tutors who aught our classes for giving me the resources I needed to succeed.
I am grateful that there was no traffic jam on he way to the exam.
I am grateful to all of the people around the world who grow the grapes, make the wines, bottle and package them, import and export them, ship them around the world and sell them, all so that we can enjoy this fascinating liquid in our wine glasses.
Here’s to more things to be grateful for.
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