Master of Wine Blind Tastings

I run Master of Wine Blind Tasting Seminars each year. They take place over three days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, in May. They are practice for the MW examination, with MW style questions under exam conditions. In essence: a 2 ¼ hour exam paper in the morning, a half hour break for lunch, then as much time again going over candidates’ answers – critically, but kindly - with hopefully helpful advice!

May 2017 Location:

Institute of Masters of Wine

Riverlight, Vauxhall

London SW8

This is about ten minutes walk from Vauxhall Tube, or Battersea Park.


May 2017 Weekend:

Sat / Sun / Mon: 27/28/29 May 2017

This is bookable only as a 'weekend'.

If you would like to make a provisional booking, get in contact via the 'Enquire' link here. I will acknowledge, and then confirm in the autumn.


I have outlined a series of MW Blind Tasting Suggestions and Exercises [Download the PDF] which many candidates say they have found useful. They give you a good idea of the sort of work you need to put in to taste at MW level.

The Institute of Masters of Wine  was founded in 1955. There are currently 353 MW’s (the pass rate is often exquisitely low!), many of whom are now in leading and influential positions in the wine business worldwide. I am not a Master of Wine, but I have been coaching MW students in Blind Tasting for their examination for over twenty five years, and have helped well over 100 of the current 353 members to pass their tasting examination. Here are a few of their numerous appreciative comments:


"After 7 years of studying on the Master of Wine programme I have finally made it, and on top of becoming an MW I also received the Bollinger Medal for best tasting results in the exam. This would not have been possible without the fantastic wine tasting courses provided by Michael. Of all the teachers I have had through the MW programme and the years before, Michael is by far the best!!!"

Louise Sydbeck MW (Sweden / France, 2014)

 “Thank you for such an amazing three days tasting and review. It was truly educational and helped me enormously refine my notes and thought process for the exam. You are a marvellous educator.....”
Mary Gorman MW (USA, 2010)

“...Susie and I are profoundly grateful to you for all your help, support and guidance – your tasting courses have been nothing short of an inspiration, not to mention a firm foundation for so much that we’ve achieved – so thank you.”
Peter Richards MW (UK, 2009)

“Your tastings were of tremendous help and were the final “workout” before the practical exam. I thank you for sharing your tasting experience with us, for your advice and encouragement.”
Pancho Campo MW (Spain, 2006; recently resigned)

“A note to thank you for the sessions in London. The wines you selected and the way the tastings were conducted was first class. Well worth the trip for me. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have passed the MW tasting, so we need to pop a cork!”
James Cluer MW (Canada, 2003)

"To state that Michael Schuster's MW Blind Tastings were immensely helpful to me for passing the MW Practical Exam, as well as getting the Bollinger Medal, understates the experience. Michael showed me, in a very vivid way, how you can taste, teach and, most of all, inspire. I will always be grateful to Michael and Monika for setting the bar so high."
Konstantinos Lazarakis MW (Greece, 2002)

“To say your tastings were instrumental in my success would be a gross understatement.”

Richard Lashbrook MW (UK 1995)

“I can’t tell you how much it helped me to have an outsider to advise and restore my confidence in tasting – thank you.”
David Roberts MW (UK 1995)