Nigel Wilkinson MS DipWSET is the Brand Ambassador & Senior Wine Educator for Boutinot (vineyard owners and wine producers in England, France, Italy & South Africa). Nigel passed the WSET Diploma in 1996, he became a Master Sommelier in 2005 and now teaches and examines for both the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Before entering the wine trade, he was named ‘UK Young Wine Server of the Year’ and was also twice runner-up in the ‘UK Sommelier of the Year Competition’. Nigel is regular judge for the Academy of Food & Wine Service UK based competitions, the Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier Competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards, The International Wine & Spirit Challenge and TEXSOM.
Nigel is a certified sherry educator, a graduate of the Ecole du Vin d’Alsace and is an academician of the Champagne Academy. He has been recognised and awarded by the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Bourgogne, is an Honorary Ambassador of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux, an Honorary Fellow of the AFWS and is a Chaine des Rotisseurs Maitre Sommelier.
Nigel has also worked during the harvest in wineries located in the Yarra Valley & Pipers River (Australia), Gevrey Chambertin (France) and East Sussex (England).