Testing Times – the highs and lows of being an MW student

mow-simple-shield-colourHarshal Shah, grappling with the challenges of preparing for the MW examination, is determined to stay the course and says that he “wouldn’t give it up for anything!”

A few years ago, I embarked on a journey that has led to my having a constant headache and a nagging feeling that “I should be studying!” I entered the Master of Wine programme, an arduous, masochistic pilgrimage leading to what some would regard as the pinnacle of wine qualifications. There are just over 300 of these masochists in the world today and I would hazard the guess that most of them have had to forgo many of life’s pleasures over a period of years simply to gain those two letters after their names. But despite my headache and missing out on numerous great books, films and nights out, I wouldn’t change any of this for the world!


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