There is nobody better placed to help WSET Diploma students prepare to succeed in the qualification at the first attempt.

Jim’s fascination with wine was nurtured on family holidays to Burgundy, where his parents now live and where he spends a lot of the year. Jim gained his own WSET Diploma qualification while working as the youngest ever manager of an Oddbins store, in Edinburgh.

Having then spent a few years in Burgundy, Jim joined the WSET School London as a wine educator, rising quickly to become Principal of the school. During his time there, Jim worked on a range of reforms to key courses, including the new Diploma.

Jim is available for comment on wine education and wines in general, for presentations and bespoke tasting classes. Just email us.



Christine's experience of passing the MW Theory papers first time, and the MW Tasting papers after the second time, is invaluable for other candidates.

A Canadian by birth, Christine is a wine educator and programme manager at the WSET School London. 

Before discovering her love of wine education, Christine was tastings executive at Decanter where she ran panel tastings and helped organise the Decanter World Wine Awards. During the course of her MW and WSET Diploma studies, Christine was awarded scholarships from the Family of Twelve, Freixenet, and the Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation. 

At the MW Awards ceremony in November 2019, Christine won both the Madame Bollinger Medal for her "Outstanding tasting abilities" and the Taransaud Tonnellerie Award for her "excellent knowledge in the production and handling of wine paper."

She holds an MSc in oenology and viticulture from École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France, where her thesis focused on the early detection of Brettanomyces in wineries. She also holds a BSc in chemistry and biology from the University of Alberta in Canada.



Erica Dent is the owner of Enjoy Discovering Wine, one of the most successful WSET Approved Programme Providers in the World.

Three times nominated, Erica won the WSET Educator of the Year in 2013 and works her students incredibly hard to maintain her 100 percent first time pass-rate at Level 3.

Erica along with Karen Douglas (former WSET Director of Education) were Jim’s mentors whilst he was learning how to educate effectively and Erica and Jim continue to work on the WSET Educator Programme together, teaching and assessing best practice for WSET Educators.

Both have been central to the creation of the classroom delivery materials for the new Diploma collaborating with the team at WSET HQ.



An amazing educator

Jim's tasting workshop was absolutely invaluable in preparing for the MW examinations. The chance to focus on my own particular areas of weakness, honing in on those wines I regularly confused, was especially crucial and set this apart from other tasting bootcamps I had done.

Barbara Drew MW, Wine and Spirits Education Specialist, Berry Bros & Rudd

Jim is a very talented educator and communicator, who is effective at teaching people with various learning styles at the same time. We did a range of sessions exploring the multi-faceted nature of wine tasting and zeroed in on the many aspects of how to approach a wine flight.

Regine Lee MW, National Accounts Manager, Liberty Wines

Jim has been there from the start of my career and studies in wine. As an educator, he is wonderfully engaging with an energy and love of wine that is infectious. His teaching is more of a mentorship, every individual who studies though Jim is given unique guidance and care. I feel very lucky and proud to have studied with Jim, and will continue to in the future

Beth Brickenden, Wine Director, Streetfeast

I was astonished at how much I learnt in one weekend with Jim in preparation for the Master of Wine examinations.
Not only is he an expert in his subject, his background as a professional educator enables effortless and effective assimilation of knowledge. Highly recommended.

William Lowe, DipWSET, Master Distiller, The Cambridge Distillery

Jim's ability to convey the complexities of wine clearly and succinctly, paired with his sharp wit, made the masterclasses both insightful and enjoyable. The small groups of like-minded students also enabled me to get much more out of the sessions than at many other masterclasses I had attended.

Tom Parker MW, Buyer, Farr Vintners



Jim is available for comment on wine education and wines in general, for presentations and bespoke tasting classes. Just contact us at the email below.



October 24, 2019

What the trade journal has to say about our new MW tasting sessions with Christine Marsiglio MW

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