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Studying and Wine Tasting for ASI World Sommelier Competition

Another week of Studying and Tasting in preparation for the ASI World Sommelier Competition taking place in April in Chile…..

As most weeks I have been juggling working and running Hotel TerraVina with studying hard and tasting “blind” as many wines, spirits and liqueurs as possible. In fact our house resembles a wine enthusiast’s idea of Heaven as on every available counter, worktop and flat surface there are bottles of wines, which have been slurped or are in waiting to be tried and tasted- our friends and neighbours love the run up to a competition as they get the bottles of open wines shared amongst them, as it is impossible for Nina and I to drink as many as we open. The kitchen looks like a wine laboratory and Nina is cursing as she falls over piles and piles of books in every room and is having to eat dinner anywhere but in the dining room as that is where I am studying each day and so is strictly out of bounds for such ordinary pursuits as eating!

Thus blind tasting has started in earnest and whilst I am not unhappy with my progress, I am having a bit of bother with New World Viognier- I seem to have a weakness for identify this grape and I think it is the element of oak in many such wines that is throwing me at the moment… so I will just have to keep opening and tasting even more examples of Viognier to train my palate to identify it better.

In terms of theory study I have been ploughing my way through the multitude of Italian DOC’s….. there are so many to remember, but I think despite struggling with some of the names I am just about on top of them.

For a weekly update of Gerard’s progress with his competition preparations please follow him here……..

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