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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 one hour, one-on-one, Skype 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$1,775 plus GST as applicable

 Five essays: A$975 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

At a future time the following in person courses will resume.

  • 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


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.