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January 20, 2016

I Passed!

Great news to report!  I received word that I passed the two exams that I took in November.  What a relief!  I’ve been on pins and needles as our class had to wait 9 long weeks to get these results.

The first exam was Unit 5 Sparkling Wines. This exam consisted of 3 short answer questions on various topics related to sparkling wines and 3 blind tastes of sparkling wines.  I actually passed the tasting with Merit!  A pass is a grade between 55-64%.  Merit is 65-74% and Distinction is 75%+

The second exam was the Case Study, which is half of Unit 1 The Business of Wine.  The case study is a closed book paper that you write in a timed exam condition.   This case study was on supplier/retailer relationships, and I passed this one with Merit as well!

Wanted to share the good news with everyone.  I will be back shortly to report on the next unit that I just recently began: spirits!

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you’re looking to Up Your Wine Game and Drink Better, consider booking a private in-person or virtual wine tasting experience.
Brianne Cohen Wine Educator
Brianne Cohen is a Los Angeles-based certified sommelier, wine educator, consultant, and writer.

Brianne has educated and entertained over 10,000 people through her in-person and virtual wine tasting experiences.

Brianne holds the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Diploma certificate, one of the most coveted wine certifications in the world. When she’s not helping people Up Their Wine Game, she can be found judging at international wine competitions

Brianne aims to make wine approachable and conversational, to surprise and delight with unexpected wine finds, and to give people knowledge (and confidence) about wine in their everyday lives.

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