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Myrna E. Arroyo
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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I had to reschedule to this year. I opened a wine bar in August, and it was too much to prep for the test and for the opening, so I postponed. Will attempt to take the exam this June. Thanks for your comments, and feedback - makes me feel better going into the exam!
I didn't really do a whole lot to prepare for Level 1, just showed up and paid close attention. The Sommeliers who teach the course go over everything you will be tested on. I do wish I had read a bit more about recognizing the characteristics of different grape varietals and about wine regions, especially France. Good luck! Myrna
After months of permitting, remodeling and inspections, we are finally ready to open our shop and wine bar! Our official opening date is August 2, but we opened the shop on Friday to invite our friends to taste our wine by the glass selections. We actually had a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at My Wine Journal
I missed blogging last week - things have been hectic, between my archaeology dig and trying to get ready to open the shop and wine bar. My schedule the last few weeks has been rising at 5:45 am each morning, heading to the dig site for 7am, working there until... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Even after living in Galvez for the past twenty years I would’ve never imagined the kind of history there was to be found just ten minutes from my home. The first few days consisted of preparation but once Dr. Mann set us loose, it didn’t take long for each group... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Archaeology at Galveztown
After completing two test units our group has found many exciting artifacts. We have seen a lot of ceramic sherds from France and England but surprisingly little from Spain. This shows us that the Islanos we engaging in illicit trade that the Spanish government certainly would not have approved of.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2011 at Archaeology at Galveztown
Last fall I signed up for intro to archaeology with Dr. McKillop as a fun gen ed class. I had no idea that it would lead to an extra major and a career path. Before this field school my archaeology experience was limited to classroom discussion and one day in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at Archaeology at Galveztown
Last week was a big week for us! We got countertops, ceramic tile and the store got painted, which really changes things. We only have a few more things to do before we can open, and it looks like we are on track for August 1. I have been spending... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Lots to report this week. Vinexpo - First, our trip to Vinexpo was an amazing experience. Tasted a lot of new wines, visited Saint-Emilion, and got to spend some time in Bordeaux and Paris. The number of tasting opportunities available at Vinexpo were somewhat overwhelming, but my friend Carolee and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Last week was another big week in the wine store startup for Roux Wine & Spirits! On Wednesday, while I was in Houston taking the Certified Specialist of Wine Exam, our utilities were turned on! I am not sure if I passed the exam, it was extremely difficult, but I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Last week was a great week for Roux Wine & Spirits LLC! On Monday, I completed my testing for my French Wine Scholar Certification. I am now impatiently waiting for the results! On Tuesday I meet with our talented interior designer, Andre Savoie, to select colors and materials for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at My Wine Journal
This blog will serve as a journal of our excavations, which begin on July 5, 2011. Students participating in our field school will have a chance to contribute, and we will be posting lots of photos, short videos, and other interesting information from the dig. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at Archaeology at Galveztown
There comes a time in every entrepreneurial venture, when you realize that you simply are not able to do everything it is going to take to get your business off the ground. One of the lessons I have learned from being in business for myself for many years is that,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Yesterday was a great day for Roux Wine & Spirits LLC! We were granted our liquor license! We also got our logo last week, for those of you who haven't seen it. Our Facebook Page has 50 fans, so if you haven't checked it out yet, please do! Today, I... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at My Wine Journal
I am taking the Level 2 exam. But usually they offer the Level 1 the same week.
I just found out that the certified sommelier exam from The Court of Master Sommeliers will be offered in New Orleans in August, so I decided the best way to get myself motivated to prepare is to go ahead and schedule it! I have a few butterflies in my stomach... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Very helpful overview of the day! I am planning on taking the certified Sommelier exam in August, and I am starting to stress about how to study/practice. Reading your story makes me feel braver! Thanks!
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So this morning in my email I found the latest article by Tama Kieves, one of my favorite sources for inspiration, and I was moved to write about it. In her article, "The Genius Code: How One Step Creates Everything" she writes about how successful people become that way, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Last night I was in New Orleans, at WINO, for the first installment of the French Wine Scholar course. The classes will lead to a certification as a French Wine Scholar from the French Wine Society. Last night we covered Alsace and Beaujolais and tasted 8 wines, 5 whites from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Video Update on Roux Wine & Spirits - We have the keys! Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at My Wine Journal
I am calling on my reserves of patience and calm. We are still waiting to hear back from the real estate broker on the Letter of Intent I submitted on Monday for the lease of a space I like for Roux Wine & Spirits . I can't start my liquor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at My Wine Journal
Do you know that feeling you get when you are so about a project that you forget to eat? That is how I feel when I work on this wine store project. There are so many steps, and it is complicated and risky and it is calling upon every skill... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at My Wine Journal