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Mock: confidence

My French dream edged forward this week as I passed my mock wine-tasting exam with merit. Let’s hope I can repeat the feat on Wednesday when I take the real thing.

Gaining a qualification in wine is all part of our plan to move to south-west France and open a cheese and wine bar-cum-shop. I need to know more about wines to be in a position to give advice.

So I am taking what is effectively just short of an A Level in six weeks.

I was worried I had bitten off more than I could chew, if you will excuse the mixed metaphor. However, the mock exam got off to a good start with the two wines we had to sample in a blind tasting. I scored 21 marks out of a possible 25 for each, a 2014 Vouvray and a 2015 Barbera d’Alba.

Then we moved into the 50 multiple-choice questions. The first was about Sancerre – a favourite of mine from the Loire.

Finally came the written-answer section. I stumbled on the sherry question but fared well on Germany’s Mosel wines and on Californian Zinfandels. (The latter barely classes as a wine in my book, but that’s another story.)

“Gaining a qualification in wine is part of our plan to move to south-west France and open a cheese and wine bar-cum-shop”

The final question was about offering New World alternatives for classic French wines. This is one of the reasons I took the course in the first place, though in reverse. I want to be able to offer French wines to a customer who knows he likes, say, a South African Chenin Blanc.

We had to come up with Australian alternatives to a white Burgundy and a red Bordeaux. For the Meursault premier cru stipulated in the question, I offered a gently oaked Chardonnay from Yarra Valley in Victoria. For the Margaux, I chose a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from Margaret River in Western Australia.

The actual exam is on Wednesday. I have deliberately kept this weekend free and I have booked Tuesday off work too, so that I can revise. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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10 thoughts on “Mock: confidence

  1. Bonne chance pour la semaine prochaine.

  2. Good luck Graham.
    You can do it

  3. Just ‘suck it’ and see! Or something like that? ….good luck… You will ace it!

  4. Good luck! Is that the WSET? And I love the reasoning to offer alternatives to New World Wines. I feel exactly the same way.

    • Yes, WSET level 3. I have learnt so much in the past few weeks.

      • My better (wine drinking) half has his WSET and goodness it makes such a difference in level of knowledge (let alone a degree in wine making). I love to listen to him, whenever I can get him to tell me something about wine.

        I am sure you will do brilliantly. My fingers are crossed for you. 🙂

  5. What an inspiration! Moving to France to sell wine and cheese seems like a real adventure. We are living in Napa Valley and EATING lots of wine and cheese. Check out our blog: http://www.topochinesvino.com.

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