Wine Flight

Private Courses and Blind Tastings for MW students

Private MW Courses

If you are studying, or contemplating studying, for the MW, then Phil has a range of courses which can support your study.

Phil also offers on-line essay tutoring.

A one-on-one, on-line essay course to help you develop your essay writing skills for the Stage One Assessment and the Master of Wine Examination.

How it Works

You select the question from a recent exam paper and then write the essay under exam conditions. 

You email the essay to Phil and he reviews it using Word’s Review function.  Phil sends the essay back to you with comments. 

 When mutually convenient you and Phil have a forty minute, one-on-one, Zoom conversation to discuss the feedback in detail and to talk about how the essay could be improved.

 You then move onto the next paper and repeat the process.


 Ten essays: A$1,895 plus GST as applicable

Endorsement from MW Student (who has now passed Theory)

“I am happy to report that I was awarded the [Wine Scholar Guild] scholarship and I could hear your voice the entire time I was writing the paper!  The training you gave me really transformed my writing and I cannot thank you enough. This is my second writing award since I finished studying with you.  Last year I won the George Gamblin Memorial creative essay contest.  I attribute both to the training you gave me.”  Nick Poletto

The following courses run regularly – contact me for details

  • Approaches to the MW Course: Learn how to study for the MW
  • Learn the art of essay writing: an essential skill required to pass the exam
  • Learn how to tackle the MW blind-tasting papers
  • Sit a mock exam

 Dates of future courses –

MW courses at The Chestnuts are back.

8th & 9th May: Tasting Revision focusing on the Classics

10th & 11th May: Theory Crammer and Surgery

Phil Reedman MW will lead two residential courses at The Chestnuts, a Five Star luxury venue in the Cotswolds, just west of Oxford.  These courses are the perfect pre-exam and pre-Stage One Assessment preparation.


Tasting for the Exam.  Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May  
Arrive from 5pm at The Chestnuts, Sunday 7th May. Depart 3pm Tuesday 9th May

Over two days you will taste three flights of six wines representing each of the three exam papers.  Each of the papers will focus on The Classics; an area of wine on which we know the examiners are determined to focus.

Tasting six wines per paper allows maximum time for discussion of your answers and scope for you to refine your answers and learn how to pick up those crucial additional marks.

A maximum of seven students can attend the course.

Course fees include luxury accommodation in single occupancy rooms. A casual welcome buffet dinner on the first night, gourmet breakfasts and lunches, morning and afternoon coffee all provided by the legendary Chris

Course Fees:

£897 with accommodation at The Chestnuts

£867 with accommodation at Culls Cottage

Culls Cottage is located 15 minutes from The Chestnuts.  Transport between Culls Cottage and The Chestnuts will be provided each day.


The Chestnuts, Bridge Street, Shilton, Oxfordshire, OX18 4AB


Bring your own tasting glasses. We can provide a limited number of ISO glasses for students who cannot bring their own tasting glasses. If you wish to borrow glassesplease advise at time of booking.

The course will run with a minimum of five students and a maximum of seven. Bookings are not refundable unless another student can be found to take your place.


Theory Crammer and Surgery. Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May.  

Arrive at The Chestnuts: Tuesday 9th May from 5pm. Depart Thursday 11th May 3pm


This two-day course will cover a range of essential-to-understand areas: Question Selection, Understanding the Question, Essay Planning, Essay Structures, Time Management, Critical Thinking and Analysis, Writing Style, and the use of Examples.


Participants will be offered the chance to nominate areas of concern so that these can be discussed and solved during the course.


You’ve done the hard work; these two days will help bring it all together and will

arm you with the techniques to optimise your chances of exam success.

I’m sure that there will be a glass or two of wine along the way.


The course will run with a minimum of five students and a maximum of seven. Bookings are not refundable unless another student can be found to take your place.


Book yourself onto both courses and receive a £100 discount


Early booking is advised; places are limited.

On course nights we will book dinner at a local pub for those students

who wish to join at their own expense.


The Chestnuts, Bridge Street, Shilton, Oxfordshire, OX18 4AB

Student feedback from previous course

“Phil’s lectures amazing– very helpful, relevant. Overall excellent and above expectations. Accommodation and catering-Amazing.

Would highly recommend.”


Future courses –

Approaches to the MW

A two-day course designed to equip you the insights and strategies to make your MW journey efficient, productive and enjoyable.  Focused on the theory papers but it doesn’t ignore the practical. 


Essay Writing for the MW

“To develop a proper essay writing technique should be part of the preparation for the MW exam.” So said an MW examiner.  No matter how much you know, if you cannot communicate it to the examiners you are unlikely to pass.

Offered as a day-day course covering all aspects of the exam essay writing process including: question selection, analysing the question, planning and structuring, writing style and the use of examples.

The increasingly popular on-line essay writing course option is also offered. Students write an essay and submit it for feedback.  This is followed by a one hour, one on one, Skype call to discuss the essay feedback and how the essay can be improved.  The course covers ten essays and feedback sessions.


Tasting Courses


Wine Tasting for the MW

A two day course features four blind tastings. Each tasting is of six wines.  Using the six-wine format allows maximum time for discussion of answers, helping students to perfect their exam technique.


Mock Exams

In the months leading up to the exams sit a mock exam. Familiarise yourself with the physical and mental stamina required to successfully sit the MW exam.


Bespoke Courses: Contact Phil to discuss a bespoke course for you and your study-buddies. These can be in person or organised via Zoom.