JANE SKILTON MW
Jane initially planned to study Electrical Engineering after leaving school. She soon realised that volts and amps would be unlikely to hold her interest and instead applied for a job in a local fine wine shop and a career in wine began. She completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma (gaining the Frescobaldi and Cognac scholarships) in 1988 and continuing her studies, gained her Master of Wine qualification in 1993 and week before she married her New Zealand husband. The family moved to Auckland in 2000.
Jane’s main focus is running her wine education business, the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching WSET wine courses to the trade and consumers both in NZ and overseas.
She is the NZ Editor for Winestate Magazine and contributes to other wine publications around the world.
Jane is a Senior Judge at national wine shows and has been an international judge in London, Tokyo, Brisbane, Rutherglen, Hobart, Margaret River and Shanghai.
She is a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine and sits on the Advisory Board of Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand.
EMMA JENKINS MW
Emma studied Anatomy at Otago University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 1999. Upon graduation, she decided a more sociable career was in order and instead pursued her passion for wine.
Emma worked for seven years as a Fine Wine and Education Specialist at Scenic Cellars in Taupo, New Zealand’s premier independent wine store and in that time studied Winemaking and Viticulture at Hawke’s Bay’s EIT.
In 2011, Emma became New Zealand’s ninth Master of Wine. The research for her dissertation topic – ‘Is there a case for sub-regional Marlborough sauvignon blanc?’ – ensured most Marlborough producers now quail at the sight of her name in their inboxes.
Emma is wine columnist for The Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ Edition) and FQ Entertaining, and also writes on a freelance basis for a number of trade and general publications within New Zealand.
She teaches both general and the more specialised WSET courses to the trade and to consumers throughout the country for the New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits, and continues to hone her skills judging wine both at local and international competitions.
Emma’s spare time is spent attempting to gain control of a large unruly garden populated with small children, dogs, chickens and two pet pigs. This is largely proving futile.