There is no examination

For my birthday this year my parents decided to try to bring out in me the alcoholism that lives in every true Irishman. They bought me a voucher for the Wine Board of Ireland’s Wine Appreciation Course. I’ve been waiting for a time where their running the course and my being in the country would coincide for a period of six weeks, so I haven’t actually started the course. In fact I’m unlikely to get my first drop of sweet, sweet booze until late October.

Still, in an uncharacteristic show of forward planning I decided to find out exactly when the courses run, so I visited the site (linked above). I was tickled by this snippet:

This course is all about the fun and enjoyment of wine in addition to learning the basics in a relaxed and sociable environment. 

There is no examination.

I suddenly wish there were an exam.