Last week I embarked upon a new challenge… to become a CSW, a Certified Specialist of Wine. I’m taking preparation classes at Yavapai College and I'm in very distinguished company including many enology and viticulture graduates, students, and even a professor from the college. The amount of information to learn is staggering. The depth of information goes way beyond what’s in my Sommelier preparation course. Ironically, most people are not even familiar with the CSW certification, yet it’s difficulty is renowned among the wine professionals. The preparation for the test will be at least a year, so it’s a very long haul. Wine is so unique because if I studied every day for the next 50 years, I would only have scratched the surface on what there is to know.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.