Firstly my apologies as I have not been a recent contributor to the community.
However I thought I would share my recent experience in Wine Education. I decided 3 years ago at the tender age of 54 to live a life where I would do what I wanted to do rather than what others wanted be to do, which is my definition of retirement.
I have loved wine since my late teens and had done a couple of WSET courses level 2 and 3. even after these and many bottles consumed I still didn’t feel equiped to taste and understand the mechanics of the wine trade. So I decided 2 years ago to do the WSET Diploma, which is a 2 year course largely for the wine trade professionals who want to advance their career.
I am happy to say I have just successfully completed the course. It became an obsession, my wine library expanded significantly and my wine tasting tools were wide and varied e.g. ‘Le Nez du Vin’ aroma kit.
I can say unreservedly that I feel much better prepared for my ongoing wine journey, still as an amateur but enjoying my wine much much more. Gone are the 250ml servings as are the 175ml glasses (where possible), and my eyes and palate are responding in ways that I had ignored for more than 30 years.
So if you’re up for a challenge and you have time to spare I would recommend you give it a go. The teaching ,methods of the wine trade are a little archane when I compare it to my previous industry IT, but I’m sure they will improve, indeed communities like this are a great step in the right direction.