Maximise your tasting marks in the WSET Diploma
Former WSET School London Principal Jim Gore DipWSET calibrates your palate, perfects your tasting skills and improves your exam technique.
Jim's experience leading and shaping WSET education means there is nobody better placed to help WSET Diploma Students succeed. Find out more about Jim.
Masterclasses take place prior to WSET exams at locations in central London and are limited to no more than ten students.
Calibrate your palate to the WSET Diploma standard
Enhance your tasting technique
Sharpen your aroma and flavour identification
Improve your exam technique to maximize your marks
There are dedicated sessions on Still, Fortified and Sparkling wines aligned to the sections of the WSET Diploma.
Each masterclass includes:
Sessions on exam technique
Analysis of 12 different wines
Marked tasting exam on three more wines with full, written feedback
Scroll down for the full timetable.
Diploma Exam Success
What our students say
I've learned more about fortified wine tasting with Jim in one day than in lots of lessons!
His super useful tips will help you writing notes with a logical, fast and precise style, so you don't have to worry about the few minutes you are given to taste in the exam. Friendly, professional and really knowedgable, a great weapon to fight WSET exams battle!
Invaluable experience! I hold Jim personally responsible for my distinction in the Diploma Fortified exam! Really enjoyable day and so useful for honing in on how to maximise marks and getting one-on-one feedback. I actually can't imagine taking the exam without having done a day like this; the diploma sessions themselves seem so rushed. Will definitely attend the sessions for Unit 3.
All of our masterclasses are given by Jim Gore, DipWSET, certified WSET Educator and former Principal of the WSET School London.
There are no more than ten students in each Masterclass.
They take place in central London unless otherwise indicated.
Masterclasses are designed for Diploma candidates but are great for anyone wishing to improve their tasting and analysis skills.
Some sections of the programme may vary over the course of the day, depending on the particular needs of the class.
The theory section of the WSET examination will not be covered, but varietal expression, grape growing, winemaking and maturation will feature as part of the tasting calibration exercises.
There are separate, full-day Masterclasses for Sparkling and Fortified wines as well as Wines of the World Parts I & II.
Timetable for 2019/20
10.00 - 10.15 - Welcome with coffee
10.15 -10.45 - Perfecting your tasting note and writing dry tasting notes: Exploring how to maximise your score
10.45 - 11.30 - Two blind wines:
Students write tasting notes for two blind wines under exam conditions and feedback is given
11.30 – 11.45 - Break
11.45 - 13.00 - Four wines tasting calibration exercise with feedback: Jim leads group improvement discussion
13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch break
14.00 – 16.30 - Six wines calibration session and tasting exam technique workshop: Analytical tasting of key styles and improvement workshop
16.30 – 16.45 - Break
16.45 – 17.15 - Three wines blind tasting: Under exam conditions, to be marked with feedback from Jim
17.15 – 17.30 - Any further questions and discussion
17.30 - Course ends
What you need to bring
Writing paper and pens or a laptop to take down notes.
Please note that there will not be enough power sockets for everyone, so you must charge your laptop beforehand.
Your WSET Diploma SAT card.
12 tasting glasses
What we provide
We will provide the 3 glasses you need for your tasting exam and a spitoon. There are not appropriate washing facilities for your glasses but we will provide large spitoon buckets and water to rinse glasses.
50ml tasting samples of 15 different wines for tasting, analysis and assessment during the course. No wines will be available to take away for further study. We make model tasting notes available on our website at no cost - subscribe online for updates.
Mock tasting exam that will be marked and returned to you by email within 5 working days or a day before your exam, whichever is the sooner.
Water, coffee and tea are available all day
Work required prior to the course
These courses are designed as final calibration and refinement of tasting and exam technique. Students will be expected to have completed and understood the WSET Diploma materials on the relevant subject.
Students must also know the WSET Diploma SAT thoroughly before arriving as some wines will be tasted and analysed under exam conditions.