October 2010

Champagne Quote:

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it, unless I’m thirsty.”


The challenge for week 4 of Ceci the Sipper (Veronique) is to post a picture of a wine experience that means very much to us.  I have travelled all through France on many occasion, Italy and Spain as well.  I have been to Chile and Argentina.  But I’m afraid to admit that all that travel was before I had a full appreciation of wine.  Needless to say, I made no trips to any wineries!  Talk about lost opportunites.  But no tears here, because my wine self-journey has just begun.

Having started my ISG Wine Fundamentals Class is a HUGE part of my journey.  Since it started this past week, I felt it appropriate to take a picture of my classmates.


Classmates of ISG Wine Fundamentals Class

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010, was my first class at the International Sommelier Guild.  The class will meet for 16 weeks, every Sunday, from 12-6pm.  We learned so much that I am behind already!  We raced through all the material, I was writing so fast and still missed information.  We are starting off with grape varietals.  During class 1, we studied the Chardonnay grape and the Sauvignon Blanc grape.  We did two blind wine tastings – 6 at one time during the first half of class and 6 others during the second half of class. 

The instructor, Karla Barber (President of the Dallas Chapter of Women for WineSense) , was kind enough to bring in a plethora of “picnic food”  –  3 types of cheese, sausage, olives, almonds, warm baguette bread.  Awesome.  It looks like there will be about 10 people in the class – some are somewhat advanced and some don’t know much at all.  I think I’m right in the middle (maybe I’m boasting)…

Since our text book is not in yet, I went to the Allen and Plano libraries looking for wine books.  I also browsed through the collection of books at Borders and Barnes & Noble.  So many of them are full of beautiful pictures.

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