Just saw that they’ve published this year’s MW exam papers.
Interesting if just to have a list of wines that can be considered reference points for certain styles. I actually think the stage 1 exam doesn’t look that hard. Lambrusco and Sherry are so easily recognised that you’d know the relevant countries for the first two tasting sections straight away. From there, Franciacorta and Prosecco would be straightforward as Italy doesn’t have that many important sparkling wines and you could easily rule out Asti. Similarly for the second section you’d then easily get Albarino (and you’d presume Rias Baixas) and White Rioja. For Q3 Cab Franc should be easy, then you’d automatically think Loire and SA. The Chilean one might be a challenge though. I also think the Chenin Q isn’t too tough.
Stage 2 looks fiendish though (on the tasting side)!