I have run Master of Wine Blind Tasting Seminars for nearly thirty years now. They take place over three days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, the third or fourth weekend 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!




Institute of Masters of Wine, 6 Riverlight Quay, Kirtling Street, Vauxhall, London SW11 8EA. Tel: (0) 207 383 9130

This is around a fifteen minute walk from Vauxhall overground Station, or its Victoria Line Tube. 156, 344 or 436 Buses (from Stand E) take five minutes to the Riverlight Quay stop.

May 2017 Weekend

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

This weekend is currently full. To be added to the waiting list please contact me using the form below. We do get cancellations!

Master of Wine Blind Tastings Enquiry Form

  • 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)
  • 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)

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