DIPLOMA TASTING MASTERCLASSES
Prepare to get the most from your Diploma course and perfect your exam technique
I have developed this online Masterclass for WSET Diploma Students to perfect your tasting and analysis skills. It is based on student feedback and designed to make the most of the online environment. Small group classroom sessions take place on the same evening each week over four weeks alongside a programme of self-study.
We provide wine samples by courier to students in Europe within the course price except for Sparkling Wines (see below).
If you are studying outside Europe but would still like to take advantage of this course, you will need to find an alternative source for the styles of wines we will be tasting. Please email me directly at email@example.com with your country of study so that we can explore the possibilities. NB, the online classroom session take place over several days at 11 am or 7pm UK time.
This course will
Perfect your examination technique for the Diploma D3 tasting examinations.
Calibrate your palate to the WSET standard using 12 wines over four weeks
Teach you how to formulate distinction-level conclusions for quality, ageability, variety, country, and region.
How the course is run
4 x 1.5 hour for Still Wines (3 x 1.5 hour for Sparkling or Fortified Wines) online Zoom sessions where the week’s tasting tasks will be reviewed. These are also an opportunity to finetune your calibration in discussion with Jim. (Total time 6 hours).
Before and after each of the four sessions there are tasting and examination technique reading and homework tasks which take approximately 3 hours each week (12 in total).
These 12 hours of private study are essential for you to make the most out of this course. Please make sure you are ready to dedicate this time.
Before the final online session, you will have the opportunity to do a three-wine mock exam which Jim will mark and we will then review together as a class.
You will communicate with Jim and other students on a WhatsApp group to allow not only the whole class to bond but also for questions to be asked and answered at a much greater speed. This is particularly helpful during the week when homework tasks are being done.
Our partners Borough Wines will send you 12 x 187ml bottles of wine samples that have been preserved using Argon gas. If unopened and stored upright and somewhere cool until they are needed, they will last extremely well over the entire course.
We are not able to provide Sparkling Wine samples in that way, of course. Students on the Sparkling Wine Masterclass will need to source their own samples from a list we provide. The course cost is therefore reduced.
Length and cost
Still Wines: £400 inc VAT inclusive of 12 x 187ml of examination appropriate wines delivered to your door.
5 weeks of learning with 4 x 1.5 hour sessions, 2 marked homework tasks each week including one three-wine mock examination.
Fortified Wines: £300 inc VAT inclusive of 9 x 187ml of examination appropriate wines delivered to your door.
4 weeks of learning with 3 x 1.5 hour sessions, 2 marked homework tasks each week including one three-wine mock examination.
Sparkling Wines: £200 inc VAT. Students will need to source their own samples from a list we provide.
If your course will be paid for by a VAT-registered EU company, please email me directly with your VAT number so that we can provide the correct invoice.
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.