May 25, 2016

I'm Back!

It goes without saying that there is not enough wine in my life! Being a wine blogger and a somm student, people think that I swim in wine, and that is not the case.  As you may have noticed, I took an unplanned sabbatical from my SOMMspirations duties.  Life called, and it called loud and clear.  As it turns out, I had many responsibilities happen all at once and they needed my attention.  This included a large 600-person gala that I planned, a wine exam, a wine research paper, and moving my home!  It was a lot to handle in a short window of time, and some of my commitments had to take a backseat.  This included working out, cooking, and this blog.

I can report that it was a tough couple of months.  I was not on my usual regimented schedule, and a bit of my sanity suffered.  I am a creature of habit, I like writing "to do" lists and crossing things off methodically. Coming home from work and cooking a meal from scratch for myself and my husband and serving it with some great wine is a delight.  Laying in bed reading a great book before falling asleep is my idea of a good night.   All this was paused.  I think I had a glass of wine for pleasure once (maybe twice) in that time period.  It was a dark time (I'm only semi-kidding here), and I am starting to see the light.

My event was a splashing success, another exam is done, research paper is turned in, and we're about 85% unpacked in our new place.  My days are starting to smooth out quite a bit and I LOVE it.  Last night I went home and make a pizza with dill creme fraiche and smoked salmon (a la Wolfgang Puck).  It was delicious!

Stay tuned later this week for an update on my studies and where I stand in the Diploma syllabus. Believe it or not, I am just about halfway done!

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Brianne Cohen is a certified sommelier based out of Los Angeles, California.
She has been producing events and weddings for over 10 years in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and also offers her services as a wine educator, writer, and consultant to inspire people of all ages.

Brianne completed the entire curriculum with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and traveled to London in order to receive her Diploma certificate, which is one of the most coveted and difficult wine certifications. Most recently Brianne judged at the International Wine & Spirits Competition and the International Wine Challenge in London.
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