Jane Skilton MW



Wine Writer and Educator

Jane Skilton began her wine career in London over 25 years ago and in true British style, celebrated passing the gruelling Master of Wine examination in 1993 with a weak cup of tea.

Since then Jane has continued to take an active role in MW activities around the globe and is a member of the MW Council and coordinator of the annual Australian Educational Seminar.

She moved to New Zealand in 2000 with her young family and founded the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching the WSET qualifications and general wine courses to trade and consumers. She is also the busy Wine Director for Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand, dividing her time between Auckland and LCB’s central Wellington campus to teach and assess students.

Skilton is the wine editor for Food Magazine, is a regular contributor to publications in Australia, Singapore and China and is a founding member of the Wine Writers of New Zealand group. She enjoys judging and has been a guest International Judge in Rutherglen, Brisbane, Margaret River, Hobart, Shanghai and Tokyo. Her acerbic wit and ferociously funny presenting style means she’s an in-demand speaker and discussion panellist at key wine events around New Zealand. In her spare time she endeavours to keep the www.independentwinemonthly.co.nz site (which she co-manages with Emma Jenkins MW), up to date. (Janes words – not mine – she is famous for her self-deprecation and I think she’d prefer the description to remain that way)