In about two weeks, I will begin the Accelerated Wine & Beverage Program at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) at Greystone in the Napa Valley. The program lasts 8 months and is designed to prepare students to pass the Certified Sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Needless to say, I will be tasting A LOT of wine over the next year or so, and I plan to blog about all of it right here. I will also be on hand at my boyfriend’s vineyard, Arkenstone, during harvest, so make sure to follow them on Twitter for lots of fun photos. (I’ll also try to post some of them here.)
My first assignment for school is to read “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage. The premise is that beverages have played a significant role in shaping civilization, with a focus on six of them: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea & soda. He explains how beer developed as part of the shift to sedentary, organized agriculture from hunting & gathering; wine was central to Greek & Roman society, as well as early Christianity; distilled spirits were able to travel well during the Age of Exploration; coffee fueled the Age of Reason; tea was an integral part of the United Kingdom’s rise to dominance in the 19th Century; and, finally, Coca Cola has been the hallmark of the rise of the United States’ consumer capitalism in the 20th Century.
It promises to be an interesting and fun read.