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Getting Ready for the MW…for the Last Time

Now that harvest is over, I must once again turn my attention to preparing for the Master of Wine exam next June. Yet again, I’m at my last chance to pass the exam. However, this time next year, I will have passed and will be working on my dissertation or I will have failed and won’t have to worry about the exam. There are only two options this time and neither involves me taking the exam again after June. There is a comfort in that.

There are three of us at the same point in the program and although I’m the only one of the three on my last chance, we are calling ourselves “The Three Musketeers”. It’s nice to have company on what is inevitably a lonely journey. For me, I am as determined as ever. I have changed mentors and have cut up and folded the questions from the last 10 years of practical exams. I was stunned to realize the last 4 of which I actually sat so I will be rewriting exams I’ve written before. My hope is, that by using the same technique as I did to study for theory, I will be able to anticipate the questions for this June’s exam. I’m also sure that by honing my writing technique I’ll be more efficient with my time during the exam, allowing me to spend less time thinking of my answers and more time actually dissecting the wines themselves.

Finally, this year will be the most challenging as I try to juggle the demands of the program with being the mother of an active toddler, wife, and full time winemaker. This harvest has been one of the most challenging due to the extreme compaction and the fact that the life with a baby eliminates the simple down time after work that I’ve used in past harvests to recover from long hours at the winery. I went into the harvest more energized yet more tired than ever before and I have come out on the other side very happy with quality and exhausted. We worked hard to capture the essence of this vintage and I feel that we succeeded. Hopefully the MW program will use a different part of my brain to give other parts time to rest.

Only the next 7 months until June!

Post Exam Musings

Last week I sat the Master of Wine exam for my fourth time. This year was different for me, however, because I only had to worry about passing the Practical exam. If you are interested in reading the exam it is posted here. Looking over this year’s theory exam I do not envy my fellow students who had to sit that part. Every year it seems the exam gets more challenging. The themes are the same but the questions are more specific in their subject matter.

This year’s tasting exam was no picnic but since I sat that section I will refrain from commenting on specifics until after results are posted other than the fact that several of us went through quite a few fortified wines for reference the night before Paper 3 and that did all of us a LOT of good! 🙂

Either way its done with for another year and I sincerely hope I never have to prepare for it again. The months of sacrifice, wine analysis, and late nights pouring over wine reference books wondering if I’ve lost my mind. After all, it’s just wine. We’re not curing cancer here. It’s amazing how serious we can get about it.

Now I’m enjoying my new job, my family, and my newly found extra time ( which will soon be focused towards the Dissertation) while I can. Hopefully that means I can continue to come up with fun topics to write about.

As I asked before, if you have something you’d like me to discuss please let me know! I LOVE feedback!