That is the question. And what’s the deal? Is there a huge difference when it comes to the job market? Is there a huge difference in the amount of knowledge bestowed to the students in each class? I’m Googling, I’m looking into wine study peer groups, and I’m not finding any definitive answers as to which certification is king.
Here’s the deal:
WSET classes are cheaper in my area, but I’ve missed the signup deadline. If I move, they will cost the same as the CMS. If I wait and take them here, then I have to wait. Did I mention that I hate waiting?
CMS classes are more expensive (triple and then some) than the WSET classes available in my area, but they will be available in the right area on the right timeline. And who doesn’t love Aspen? Anyone? Shine up my snowboard?
I take the study of wine very seriously but let’s get real: with two kids and lots of bills there’s no way I can swing $700 for a test. I could sell my wedding dress, and if that’s what it takes I hope to leave Aspen with a certification, a bottle of Champagne, and a pair of gold-plated skis.
So I decided to Google: “selling my body for 700 bucks so I can afford a class and test.” All I found was a lot of porn. Thanks, Google.
There was a time, an innocent time before my second child where I thought I had my boss greased up enough to pay for part of it, but he’s no longer my boss and my can of squeaky grease has run dry.
For the sake of this blog in the sake of my own learning experience, I have decided do study a downloaded PDF of the WSET classroom outline. My plan is to study along with a couple of feisty young ladies who are attending the actual class at the cost of $200. I’m assuming they didn’t need to sell their bodies for that. I’m so pissed I missed that deadline.
I have also borrowed The Oxford Companion to Wine by the brilliant Jansis Robinson and I’m studying my butt off while drinking Chardonnay from a box.
Someday I will figure out the cost and put up or shut up. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to tell you what I have enjoyed over several hundred years of bartending, managing, and product testing in the service industry. Wish me luck!