Wanna-be sommeliers spend thousands to be trained by sommeliers that couldn't find restaurant jobs. You'll run into people who say they are sommeliers because they've taken the "intro" course. The master level has only a couple hundred people--it's like a triple black belt.
Why would you want to turn something fun, like wine, into something so serious? Why would you want to have to give a shit about Greek wine? Why would you want to spend all that money on certification? Money that could be used to actually buy wine?
|Yeah, this guy looks like a real good time. Not!|
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I've gained my (very limited) wine knowledge just by being around it. Living in Sonoma County for 35 years and it'll just rub off on you. I've worked in winery tasting rooms. Hell, when I wasn't thinking clearly I even ran tasting rooms!
Yes, knowledge is good. Just don't take it too seriously. Save the seriousness for the people looking for a cure for cancer.
Keep wine in the glass surrounded by good friends and good times and no pretensions.