So I've taken the plunge and decided to do the WSET advanced course (www.wset.co.uk) and the course materials have now arrived. Instead of taking a set course through the WSET school or one of the many other study centres around the UK, I'm studying at home by myself - so I just have to be disciplined to make it happen! The course is assesed through a written paper and a blind tasting - which is what I'm most concerned about - I'm pretty sure I can learn to taste however how I describe the wine may not be in line with the systematic approach of the WSET. The issue is, what I call ruby will they call garnet - what is the line between full bodied and medium full bodied wines? The learning itself should be ok, it's the subjectiveness of the tasting that worries me slightly - but I guess I won't know until I take the exam and get the results!
One of the real hardships is having to to taste 84 different wines and spirits - more details of these as I taste!