Pippa Middleton Becomes Certified Wine Expert After Passing Difficult Exam with Distinction

November 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has passed an advanced wine exam to become a roving sommelier.

Pippa, 31, has pronounced before that she often enjoys a glass of wine as part of her healthy lifestyle but has now taken her enjoyment to the next level after completing her advanced certificate at the Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School.

Pippa passed with Distinction.

Emily O’Hare, head sommelier of the River Cafe in London, said that the course indicates that Pippa has a serious interest in wine. 

“It is a tough course. It is hard to pass as it requires a lot of study and to get Distinction it really means a lot of extra hours,” O’Hare told the Daily Mail.

“There is a tasting paper of two wines examined blind and then a theory paper that tests the student on everything from vine health to the production of spirits. It requires great breadth of knowledge, and is a fantastic course.”

Pippa wrote recently in Waitrose magazine that she believes things in moderation is the key to good health. 

“I grew up with the belief that good health is about moderation in all things, so I’ll be celebrating healthy living through exercise, a balanced diet and a little of the naughty stuff sprinkled in – I’m talking chocolate, crisps and the occasional glass of wine,” she said.

Pippa Middleton arrives for the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 at a central London venue, London, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Pippa Middleton arrives for the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 at a central London venue, London, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

 

The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton (L), leaves on September 19, 2014 with Nico Jackson the wedding ceremony of her friends, Charlie Gilkes and Anneke von Trotha Taylor, at the Carlo V Castle in Monopoli. (AFP/Getty Images)
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton (L), leaves on September 19, 2014 with Nico Jackson the wedding ceremony of her friends, Charlie Gilkes and Anneke von Trotha Taylor, at the Carlo V Castle in Monopoli. (AFP/Getty Images)

 

“I’ve never done Dukan, attempted Atkins or exercised religiously seven days a week, but I do believe in making healthy choices – keeping refined carbs such as white bread and pasta to a minimum, and sticking to sensible portion sizes.”

Pippa has become increasingly busy lately, reportedly in the midst of negotiations to become a correspondent for NBC’s Today show.

ABC’s Good Morning America has also been said to be pursuing Kate Middleton’s sister.

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