Nick Jackson MW launches new online wine education platform

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

11 September 2020

Nick Jackson MW has launched The School of Taste based on his 'revolutionary' approach to tasting and is offering to sponsor 50% of course costs for all BAME students

Featuring live interactive webinar tastings and pre-recorded content, The School of Taste will be available from 14 September, with the first courses available to book now.

Courses will be based on Jackson's alternative way of tasting wine, which places wine structure as opposed to flavours at its forefront. 'Rather than focusing on the flavours of a wine as the primary means of identifying the origin and grape variety of which the wine is composed, I teach an approach based on assessing a wine’s structure,' Jackson explained.

'For white wines, that means acid structure, and for red wines, tannin structure. Each major variety has a slightly different structure, and by assessing that, it is possible to distinguish varieties from one another without recourse to flavours, which can be inconsistent and unreliable markers.'

To launch the platform, The School of Taste is offering two six-week courses comprising a weekly tasting webinar, all hosted by Jackson:

  • Wine Tasting by Structure Examining how acid structure in white wines and tannin structure in red wines influence a wine’s taste and can help tasters to distinguish between different varieties.
  • Tasting around the World Exploring how six important international varieties taste differently when grown in different wine producing regions around the world. The impact of climate, geography and winemaking styles in producing very different tasting wines from the same variety will be discussed.

Jackson's approach to wine tasting is explained in his book Beyond Flavour: The Indispensable Handbook to Blind Wine Tasting. First introduced to wine at Cambridge University, where he ran the wine society, Jackson went on to work at Sotheby's before gaining his MW.

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