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Fancy yourself a wine badass? 

Sure, you might like wine, but do you really love it? Are your friends sick of hearing about subtle differences in minerality and flintiness? Annoyed with how quickly your friends or family members gulp down that precious, nuanced bottle you've been saving for that perfect moment? Well, this class may be for you. The Wine House recently announced the launch of the first and only fully approved resident Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) program in Paso Robles, which will begin offering internationally recognized courses and certifications for beginners, connoisseurs, and service professionals. It's all kicking off in August at Broken Earth Winery in Paso Robles. Not sure what this all means, but totally into it? Well, the WSET is considered to be among the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world! Want in on this opportunity? The WSET Level 1 Introduction to Wine will be offered Aug. 27 to 28 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Broken Earth Winery (full disclosure, this is a six-hour course that establishes a strong wine education basis, culminating with an exam for certification). The WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits dives deep into a broader world of wine through blind tasting, winemaking, growing, and a wide range of appellations; while the Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits covers the major wine regions of the world in greater depth and includes more detailed study of viticulture. Who shall teach such an intimidating and downright insane course? Well, Monica Marin, of course. She is a Master of Wine candidate with the Institutes of Masters of Wine, a certified educator of the WSET program, an accredited Bordeaux educator (CIVB Ecole du Vin), French Wine Scholar Instructor, Sherry Educator (Consejo Regulador Vinos de Jerez), and qualified in the Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil (UC Davis). Monica has taught, and helped certify, hundreds of wine students across all levels of the WSET, as well as other wine education programs, across the U.S. and the world. In other words, she is a true wine badass. Want to be like her? Sign up and prepare to have your mind blown.

Broken Earth Winery is located at 5625 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles. Fore more information, go to brokenearthwinery.com. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain tastes Juicy Fruit gum in this here wine. She can be reached at hthomas@newtimeslo.com.

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