If you are studying for a qualification through any of the programs offered in the wine community, you have probably used flashcards - I personally have thousands of them. One thing becomes clear after a while, they can be helpful but take up space and hard to keep organized.
Over many years I have added to my collection as I have worked through various programs and levels of study, and now with some very high level exams on the horizon in my personal plan, as well as in conjunction with the many candidate students using this website for WSET classes - I have made my cards available online. This was a big jump that I took on a few years ago, but it helped me to revamp and organize the cards, as well as use them anywhere I had my phone or tablet available - such as while traveling, commuting or simply while lying in bed. I also have the ability to edit the cards as new or modified information becomes available.
For those studying for certain qualifications, I have broken the cards down into appropriate level material, as well as by subjects and sub-topics. The wine world can be intimidating with the vast amount of information, but having a cohesive and level-appropriate set of study material available has helped a lot of my students work through their programs - assuring that we all are able to handle the info we need.
Brainscape is my flashcard program of choice, and there are a number of 'decks' that I have built in my account for various levels of study. You can access the list via the Resources icon at the top of this page, or by clicking here. I am currently in the process of revamping the Advanced Sommelier decks, taking care to remove redundant ones and update/correct the rest. I will also be adding WSET Spirits Level 1 decks, shortly, as we have added that the New England Wine Academy class offerings this week.
Brainscape is available to add to your phone or tablet by clicking here or in your App store.
ABOUT THE Author
Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With over 25 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.