Tim Marson MW

Senior Buyer at Wine.com

Having graduated in Classics from Oxford University, where he was a member of the University’s Blind Wine Tasting team, Tim entered the wine industry in 1997.
During four years with Oddbins Ltd - at that time the leading multiple specialist wine merchant in the UK - Tim completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) examinations, passing the Diploma with Honors in 2000, winning both the Worshipful Company of Distillers Scholarship and the Rhone Prize. Tim then moved into the independent specialist retail sector, working for some of the leading small wine merchants in London, initially as a store manager and later as a buyer.

Winning both the Davies-Langton Award and Marne & Champagne Diffusion Scholarship he embarked upon the study program of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2001. Tim passed all three practical (tasting) papers at the first attempt in 2003 and passed the four theory papers the following year.

After moving briefly from retail into trade sales, Tim became Buyer at London-based Bibendum Wine Ltd., one of the UK’s largest and fastest-growing independent importers and distributors, where he was responsible for the sourcing of their northern hemisphere portfolio.

In 2009 Tim passed the final dissertation component of the Master of Wine examination with a paper on the sub-appellations of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He is one of only 416 Masters of Wine (MWs) in the world, of whom 57 currently reside in the USA.
Tim relocated from his native England to California in 2011 to become Vice-President of Procurement at a direct-to-consumer online retailer. He was then appointed

Senior Buyer at Global Wine Co. (based in San Rafael, CA) where he was responsible for sourcing both domestic and international wines for several high-profile partner wine clubs including Williams-Sonoma and The New York Times. Since May 2016 he has been a Senior Buyer at Wine.com, the USA’s leading national online wine retailer, where he is responsible for purchasing approximately 7,000 wines from California and Burgundy.

Judges

Meet our 2021 Judges

Susan R Lin MW

Master of Wine and Head of Wine Expertise for online fine wine retailer Belmont Wine Exchange

Bruce Abbott

Wine and Spirits Category Manager at Brown Jug Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

Juli Gregg

Wine Director, Tony's Pizza Napoletana/ Capos's, Restaurant Consultant, San Francisco, California

Walter Hamlin

Wine Director at Oakville Wine Merchant & Oakville Grocery, California

Thomas Brenner

Sommelier and wine buyer at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club