Isabelle Legeron on the Master of Wine programme
This show was published 19 January 2007
This week we conclude our series on wine education by taking a look at the Master of Wine (MW) programme from a student's perspective. Isabelle Legeron grew up in Cognac and now lives in the UK running Wine Labs, a wine tasting company. She was winner of the inaugural AWE (Association of Wine Educators) Bursary in 2006. Isabelle is studying for her Master of Wine (MW), one of the highest academic achievements in the study of wine. With around 260 MWs worldwide and a course that many people embark on but fail to complete, it can seem like a marathon. But what motivates people to take it on?
Normally the WSET Diploma is a basic requirement along with being a member of the wine trade. The course is part-time and most students also continue working. It is unusual to pass first time round and can take between 3-8 years to complete.
Year 1 is about getting used to programme and tasting. Wines are tasted in flights, blind requiring students to identify the name of the grape, the origin, the quality level and taste components and then argue their case. This alone requires a sound knowledge of all wine regions of the world.
Via the tutor programme students are assigned a tutor. Part of the programme involves preparing essays, dissertations and writing tasting notes. Your tutor will support you during the course, mark your papers and prepare you for the exams. There aren't any lectures but at the beginning there is a week away in preparation for study.
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