Wine Club Newsletter - September 2018
Congratulations to Local Wine Expert, Lindsay Pomeroy
One of the most challenging achievements in the wine industry is to become a Master of Wine. Globally, there are 380 people who have endured the grueling tests. Out of the 80-100 people who apply to take the test each year, about 10% of them will pass the exam.
According to the website, the MW exam is "the hardest test of knowledge and ability in the world of wine." Merely getting the chance to take it requires clearing a few hurdles. Candidates must first apply for admission to the MW program; if accepted, they spend two years doing preparatory coursework.
An exam given at the end of the first year is used to trim the candidate pool, and only after completing the second year are students eligible to take the big test, which consists of multiple blind tastings and essay questions concerning viticulture, winemaking, and the business and culture of wine. Some typical questions: “How might the most common wine faults in finished wine be avoided and detected? Examine the role of currency exchange rates in shaping global wine markets, focusing particularly on the period 2006-09.”
The essays and blind tastings are graded separately, and it is rare to ace both on the first try. Candidates are given three chances to pass at least one part of the exam, which is graded by current MWs and people with expertise in particular areas, such as viticulture; if they manage that, they are given two additional opportunities to conquer the other part.
Once they pass both, they are required to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a wine-related subject. There are no limits to how many attempts can be made with the dissertation, but candidates who fail twice with one topic are advised to switch to another. The MW title is conferred only after the dissertation is approved. From start to finish, it takes a minimum of three years to obtain it.
Lindsay has been teaching her classes here at The WineSellar & Brasserie for a couple years now, and has become good friends with our staff, as well as many alumni of our business. We know how hard this was, and at times she was challenged to continue with the program, and who wouldn’t be after five years of stress?
More About Lindsay:
Lindsay Pomeroy grew up in an idyllic place in New Hampshire has an identical twin, an adorable niece and a very lively family. She began her career trek towards wine when she lived in Italy and attempted to teach English to Italians. She made lasting friends with Italians who taught her the art of espresso-drinking and chocolate-tasting (her other loves), and helped her develop an addiction to salami, which she has reluctantly given up as a newly minted vegetarian.
She loved Italy, but her passion for wine started in San Diego, California where she currently still resides. Historically more of a beach-and-beer town than a wine-drinker’s mecca, Lindsay has helped foster a community of knowledge-thirsty wine drinkers in San Diego throughout her 12-year tenure as the Chief Wine Educator and founder of Wine Smarties, a wine education school that provides WSET and French Wine Scholar (FWS) courses, several of which are currently housed in our own WineSellar Tasting room!
Leading up to the MW study program, Lindsay successfully earned her WSET Diploma, FWS certificate and Certified Wine Educator (CWE). Outside of wine, Lindsay loves to spend time with her colorful family and friends, go rollerblading, meditate, and sport a fanny pack, which she claims is fashionable again.
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The holidays are almost upon us and we would love for you to consider us as your party headquarters for the season!
As always, we do not charge room rentals for any of our five party spaces!
We also offer the ease of complimentary parking.
For a limited time we are offering an early bird booking special!
If you secure a booking with a credit card by October 1 2018, we will reward you with 1 Free Walk-Around Tasting* (valued at $35 apiece, valid for a full year) for every $500 spent on your Holiday Event.
Holidays can be stressful and we are happy to help!
Dates are filling up fast, call to inquire for your party today!
We have multiple venues from which to choose, depending on the size and theme of your event, accommodating 4-100 people.
Many dates sell out quickly, and we already have over a dozen holiday bookings at this point. For more information, go to this link here
*Does not include Le Grande Champagne Tasting, or any premium wine flight additions during Walk-Around Tastings
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