April 2017 Newsletter

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On 6 March 2017 we were delighted to announce four new Masters of Wine. The new Members of the Institute are Mark Andrew MW (UK), Jeremy Cukierman MW (France), Emma Dawson MW (UK) and David Forer MW (USA). There are now 356 Masters of Wine living in 29 countries.

Mark Andrew MW is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, where he is co-founder of Noble Rot magazine and the wine bar/restaurant of the same name. Before launching Noble Rot, Mark was Head Buyer at London-based retailer and importer Roberson Wine for eight years, where he developed deep affection for the traditional, artisanal, terroir-driven wines of the world.

Jeremy Cukierman MW was born and raised in Paris. After a short experience in advertising agencies, the passion for wine quickly prevailed. Co-founder and co-CEO of Des Mets des Vins, Jeremy runs two wine shops in Paris, a wine event agency and a wine school. He is writing for the French magazine Vigneron and for his own blog (www.intothewinewithjeremy.com).

Emma Dawson MW entered the wine world after a career in film and media when she started working in Sainsbury’s supermarket. From then, Marks & Spencer asked her to join their team as a buyer and she was offered the WSET Derouet Jameson scholarship to study on the Master of Wine Study Programme. In the seven years since she joined Marks & Spencer she has worked in several buying areas; across wine and spirits. 

David Forer MW has worked on projects like consulting for on premise wine programs and creating exclusive tours of Napa. He also provides guidance on grocery store wines as founder of DaveTheNeighbor.com. More recently, influenced by the spirit of Silicon Valley, he focuses on ways to connect people and wine by utilising technology. David is also working on a book about cult wines of the world. 

To read more about each new MW, including their Research Paper titles, see here.


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Eben Sadie News.pngEben Sadie has been celebrated as the winner of the 2017 Winemakers' Winemaker Award, sponsored by the Institute and international trade publication The Drinks Business. The honour, which has been given annually since 2011, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. The winner is chosen each year by Masters of Wine Winemakers and previous winners of the award.

Eben was revealed as the Winemakers’ Winemaker at ProWein 2017, in front of Masters of Wine and guests from the wine industry. On receiving his award Eben said, “It is a major honour to be receiving this award and I would like to dedicate this to the great team of people I have by my side that have helped me over the years to grow closer to a dream. For a great wine is not the work of one.” To read the full press release, see here


We are looking forward to welcoming Masters of Wine to the Institute’s new Headquarters on Tuesday 25 April 2017, 1830-2200 at 6 Riverlight Quay, London. Please bring a bottle to share with your fellow MWs! To confirm your attendance please email events@mastersofwine.org by 18 April 2017.



We continue, as always, to concentrate on trademark protection for the term 'Masters of Wine', and the initials ‘MW’. If you see anyone, or any organisation, incorrectly using either, please let Penny Richards know. Please don’t assume Penny knows of it. Thanks to your diligence we have successfully fought such cases in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain in the last few weeks.


 Study Programme

Masterclasses 2017

Masterclass (2).pngThe Institute is offering five Masterclasses in different geographies for prospective MW students, introducing the MW Study Programme and syllabus to those with an interest in joining the programme. The Masterclasses offer in-depth introductions to the MW approach to tasting and the Theory syllabus over two days, with MWs leading each of the sessions. Please let any prospective students know about the Masterclasses. 

Last year, over 40% of new students joining the Study Programme attended an introductory Masterclass before submitting their application to join the programme. This year, two such Masterclasses have already taken place, one in Italy (Sicily, with Istituto Grandi Marchi) and the other in the US (Napa with Constellation Brands), with over 30 attendees finding out about the MW Study Programme and its requirements. The remaining Masterclasses are taking place in Hong Kong, London, Adelaide, Rioja and Austria. 

More information on the dates and locations can be found here. We would encourage anyone considering applying for the Study Programme to think about attending a Masterclass. Masterclass attendees receive a discount on the Study Programme application fee. Applications for the 2017-18 Study Programme open on 1 June (closing on 14 July) 2017.

For more information on each Masterclass and for registration details, click on the links below, or contact Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development.


Information Sessions 2017

Info session.pngThe Institute continues to hold Information Sessions across the globe providing interested and prospective students with an overview of the MW Study Programme and an opportunity to ask any questions. The most recent were two at ProWein 2017, pictured with Iain Munson MW.

If you’re planning to attend a trade fair, or will be visiting a region where you think people would be keen to know more about the Institute, we have a presentation for this purpose which we can send to you. The Information Sessions last up to one hour. For more details please contact Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development.


Educational Seminars - new blog posts!

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In March we reported that we have now completed the residential Seminars for the academic year in San Francisco, Rust, Odney and Bordeaux (pictured). We have hosted over 300 students and have been supported by over 70 Masters of Wine - it’s been a hugely vibrant and engaging set of Seminars. Two new Seminar Reports are now live on the blog:

To see all the recent blog posts, click here



Events.pngMonty Waldin – A seminar on Biodynamics
Thursday 27 April 2017, 1830 to 2030
IMW office, 6 Riverlight Quay, London

Monty Waldin was the first writer to specialise in organic/biodynamic wines, back in the early 1990s. He has worked in and consulted to conventional/organic/biodynamic vineyards & wineries in both hemispheres. He sees biodynamics as a practical tool to improve wine quality. He does not see it as a religion. Biodynamics alone will not a good wine make. Biodynamics remains somewhat misunderstood (by wine growers, wine writers, and wine students (!)), and Monty is the ideal person to set your mind straight about what biodynamics is, and isn’t, and most importantly what to look for in a good biodynamic vineyard and in a good biodynamic wine.

Monty is offering a ‘down to earth, non-weirdy-beardy, feet on the ground not head in the clouds explanation’ of the following:

– What is Biodynamics (BD)? Origin/history in farming in general and in wine in particular
– Key areas where it differs from organics
– Biodynamic “preparations” and compost explained
– Biodynamic teas/liquid manures explained
– Lunar cycles explained (“Fruit Days”)
– Bit about BD winemaking (BD happens in the vines, not in the winery)
– Global overview of organics/BD eg why Alsace and Austria have more BD vineyards than say California or Chile

Monty is suggesting that if you would like to bring wines to taste and look for signs of “biodynamicness” in them, it might be fun, but not obligatory.

As spaces are limited, please email Chloe Thompson by Friday 21 April 2017 if you would like to attend. There will be a fee for no-shows on the day.


Annual Bordeaux Tasting 2012 Vintage, 30 April 2017, Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Showcasing wines from the 2012 Vintage of the Grands Crus Classes, properties of the Medoc, including First Growths and their Right Bank equivalents.

With many Chateaux releasing less wine en primeur year on year, this annual walk around tasting gains commercial relevance in interesting times for the Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe market. This year is of particular significance because the 2012s have shown increasingly well in bottle and their pricing looks highly attractive when placed in the context of the recent campaign for the 2015s. As ever, this event will provide a valuable opportunity to try most of Bordeaux's classed growths side by side. Want to get a taste of the event? Have a look at our London Claret Tasting video here.

Tickets are $105 for MWs and MW students and $135 for all other guests. Tickets can be purchased here. For any questions, please contact Emily Robinson


Master of Wine Endowment Auction

Auction 2017.pngPlans for the Master of Wine Endowment Auction, to be held on (and online before) 16 November this year are going well. We hope to raise a considerable sum to replenish our coffers after the purchase of the Institute’s new Headquarters, and to help continue to expand our Study Programme globally.

If you are able to contribute something, we would like to hear from you. Please do let either Penny Richards or Chloe Thompson know if you can help. We would need to receive any wine, in London, by August at the latest, and will be able to give you the logistical details soon. We really would like to have you on board for this fabulous project which will help shape the future of your Institute. A very heartfelt thank you in advance from all the Auction Committee (Laura Evans MWRichard Harvey MWJustin Howard–Sneyd MWJane Masters MWPatrick McGrath MWFiona Morrison MW and Penny Richards). Find out more here


IMW International Symposium, Living Wine, June 2018

SymposiumThe Institute’s next Symposium will take place from 14 to 17 June 2018 in Logroño, the centre of the Rioja region of Spain. Entitled ‘Living Wine’, the 9th International Symposium aims to examine the world of wine from numerous and new angles, to get us all talking about our relationship with wine and how we regard it in our lives. Over 400 attendees will enjoy a fascinating, fun, action-packed long weekend which will include many of the top personalities in the wine world, both as speakers and delegates.The Living Wine Symposium will be a thought-provoking, network-enabling, taste bud- salivating and wine knowledge-enhancing few days which will leave you enriched and delighted. Filled with magical moments, from the geeky to the indulgent, with some surprises along the way, this promises to be the most exciting and enthralling Symposium yet.

Details of the confirmed speakers and sessions will be published over the coming weeks and months. Anyone can buy a ticket, see here for prices and to buy. Details of special rates for accommodation during the Symposium can be found here.


Dried Grapes Seminar: Amarone and Beyond

Dried grapes (1).pngOn the evening of 8 March 2017 MWs and students assembled for the first seminar in the new IMW headquarters. Annette Scarfe MW shares on the Events blog her account of the evening. "The room was packed with standing room only for the helpers! We were honoured to have two specialist speakers on the panel, Andrea Cin from Masi and Mark Shannon from A Mano. The seminar was a technical presentation and tasting covering factors which influence the appassimento technique, and an understanding of the kinetics of appassimento. It was fascinating to learn and understand how not only grape variety, but also the architecture of the canopy, viticultural operations and fertilisation have a key role to play. The characteristics of each specific grape variety were also explained. Andrea explained the detailed Masi research that has been performed over many years. Different grape varieties have been laid out in a controlled situation to study the kinetics of weight loss. He explained that the speed of appassimento was critical in determining the suitability of grapes for appassimento." Read the full blog post here




20th Anniversary of Master of Wine student trip to Bordeaux

Cru Classes.pngThe Institute and Supporters the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 (Médoc & Sauternes) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the MW student trip to Bordeaux in March. The Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855, the professional organisation which upholds and protects the 1855 classification and its image, became a Supporter of the Institute in 1997. Since then, they have welcomed over 500 MW students from twelve different countries to support their journey on the MW Study Programme by enhancing their knowledge of Bordeaux. 

On the 20th Anniversary trip, from 13 to 16 March 2017, the students visited and tasted at châteaux in the region including (in order of visit) Haut-Brion (pictured), d’Yquem, Guiraud, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Batailey, d’Issan, Pontet-Canet, Belgrave, Durfort-Vivens, Margaux and Pichon Baron. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Masters of Wine also travelled to Bordeaux to join the MW students. A Trip report will follow in next months' Newsletter. To read the original press release, see here


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Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines, a supporter of the Institute, is offering a trip to Alto Adige for up to 10 Masters of Wine, with preference for those actively involved in the Education, Examination, Symposium or Events Programme.

The trip this year will take place from 21-24 September 2017 to coincide with the Alto Adige Wine Summit. The draft itinerary can be found here.

The trip is always one of the highlights of the Institute’s calendar, and includes a meal in one of the most picturesque restaurants in the world, on an alpine pasture. This year our hosts have included extra technical sessions, as you can see from the itinerary.

The places will be allocated by region as follows (and randomly within each region):
Australasia: 2
North America: 2
Europe and Africa: 2
UK: 2
There will also be an additional 2 places available dependent on numbers.

The Institute, via support from Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines, will contribute to the travel costs of MWs to Alto Adige as follows:

Australia /NZ: up to £800
Asia/USA/Africa: up to £400
Europe including UK: up to £150

Please note, if anyone receives a contribution from the above and has to pull out of the trip, he or she will be required to refund the money - it is therefore essential that you have your own travel insurance that covers cancellation in such circumstances.

If you are active in the above areas, and would like to apply for this, please email Chloe Thompson by Tuesday 18 April 2017. We will let you know by Friday 21 April 2017 who has been successful in the draw.

 Members.pngPedro Ballesteros MW joins the Gran Orden de Caballeros 

Pedro.pngPedro Ballesteros Torres MW has been knighted as one of the 'Caballeros' of the Spanish wine industry alongside Maria-Jose Sevilla. Pedro received the honour at the 33rd annual dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in London, and was joined by fellow MWs (pictured from left) Anne McHale MW, Michael Palij MW, Rebecca Gibb MW, Philip Tuck MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Susan McCraith MW, Victoria Burt MWPedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Jane Masters MW, Peter McCombie MW, Tim Atkin MW, Alex Hunt MW, Simon Field MW, Jon Pepper MW, Catriona Felstead MW and Lenka Sedlackova MW.

The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino was founded in January 1984. The Order was established to give recognition to those persons in the UK Trade who have shown exceptional endeavour in promoting the quality wines of Spain. In 1989 the criteria for the order were extended to encompass members of the industry in Spain who have shown similar commitment on a worldwide basis. Read more via Decanter.


Richard Hemming MW - A Glass With...

A Glass with....pngRichard Hemming MW launched a new podcast in March, in collaboration with Olly Smith. A Glass With ... is nicknamed 'the podcast that drinks with the stars' and each episode features a celebrity guest talking about their love of wine. Series one features singer/songwriter P!nk, voice of Come Dine With Me Dave Lamb, England cricketer Stuart Broad, actor/winemaker Sam Neill, comedian Stephen K Amos and Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall. The podcast is of interest to anyone that loves wine, but MWs may be particularly interested that Sam Neill was recorded at the old IMW HQ in Fitzroy Square; and that Stuart Broad reveals that his three life ambitions are 'to win the Ashes again, to play the piano ... and to become an MW!' 

You can listen to the podcast now at AGlassWith.com or via most major podcast apps, including iTunes and Stitcher.



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Winestate Magazine - Complimentary Online issue

WinestateWinestate Magazine are kindly offering all Members and students a complimentary digital copy of the latest magazine. This is the same issue as the printed version that was released recently in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and digitally via Zinio and the Hospitality Directory, as well as through major international airlines. Click here to read your complimentary copy.



Riedel - 20% discount for MWs and MW students 


Institute Supporters Riedel continue to be at the forefront of glass innovations when it comes to drinkware and always looking to develop and produce new styles for wines, beers, spirits and also our beautifully hand made decanters. Riedel would like to offer all MWs and MW students the opportunity to purchase some of these new lines for 2017 and also to re-visit and purchase some of our other beautiful and functional collections by giving a 20% discount from www.riedel.co.uk. For those in the trade looking to purchase Riedel for on premise establishment, a 10% discount from www.riedelrestaurant.co.uk is also available. This site is solely aimed at the trade and T&C’s apply.







Alto Adige Pop Up Tasting - 24 May 2017

Alto Adige.pngAlto Adige is one of Italy’s smallest winegrowing region and yet it produces an astonishing diversity of wines thanks to its geographical position edging the borders of Switzerland and Austria. The vines flourish on a variety of soil types in dramatically different climatic zones ranging from 200 to 1,000 m (600 to 3,300 ft) above sea level. Please join Nancy Gilchrist MW in the Pop-Up Tasting area of the London Wine Trade Fair on Wednesday 24 May at 1100 where she will be presenting a range of eight Alto Adige wines, including the indigenous Schiava and Lagrein. Find out more or contact Nancy directly


President of Viña Errázuriz Eduardo Chadwick receives distinguished award

Errazuriz (3).pngEduardo Chadwick, President of Viñas Errázuriz Wine Group has received the highest award granted by the Chilean Food and Wine Writers Association, the Rosita Robinovitch. Eduardo was presented with the award during the Association’s 23rd Annual Awards Event, which honours, through 14 categories, the best of the country’s gastronomic, viticultural and restaurant world. The event was attended by prominent entrepreneurs, winemakers, chefs, sommeliers, and members of the specialised press. On receiving his recognition, Eduardo said, “It is a surprise and honour to know that you thought of me for this award. I am deeply grateful and I receive it with pleasure on behalf of our team at Viña Errázuriz. This award is also a great encouragement and inspiration to continue the path that we have built so far, and that we have faithfully travelled with the certainty that Chilean wine, and Chile as a wine producing country, are among the most prestigious at a global level.” Read more here


2017 is a year of celebration for Jackson Family Wines

Jackson.pngInstitute Supporter Jackson Family Wines has much to celebrate after its consolidation of growth in Oregon last year. Its purchases in 2016 brought the company’s amassed holdings in Oregon to 1,725 acres. The latest acquisition of the Willakenzie Estate begets a luxury Pinot vineyard to the portfolio and introduces a highly-regarded Pinot Gris to its Willamette Valley winemaking capabilities. Previously, the company acquired Oregon boutique producers, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, a venerated pinot noir producer in the Willamette Valley and Zena Crown comprising 83 acres (34ha) of vineyards, planted to five clones of Pinot Noir and further land at Solena Estate. Jackson Family Wines also bought Gran Moraine, a hillside vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton district, which includes 200 acres (80ha) of vineyards.

Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor said, "We’ve been consistently impressed by the quality of grapes, the refined wines and collegiality of the local winemaking community there. We believe in the opportunity Oregon has to offer and are committed to making world-class wines." Find out more here


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Vinous lunch at Chaselands House, Lydlinch

In June last year, Colin Anderson MWDavid Burns MWJohn Clevely MW and Charles Minoprio MW met for lunch to share a bottle and good times. The second 'La Grande Bouffe' took place in March and here, Charles shares with us how the outing and the wines faired. 

This was the second gathering of Anderson, Burns and Clevely with their partners for some high end eating and drinking. Omelette Arlequin [Burns], Coq au vin [Anderson], Cheese and various desserts [Clevely], all of Michelin star quality were accompanied by in Colin Anderson’s words, seven alpha wines and a few rainbows, which appeared at appropriate moments. The wines were: 

  • 1 - Veuve Clicquot ‘89, which John said was their millennium wine and proof that Champagne needs far more bottle age than we usually allow. It had a marvellous golden colour, plenty of fine mousse and that lovely full flavour,which only comes with age.
  • 2 - Puligny Montrachet ‘83 Louis Latour confounded the experts,who said that the ‘83’s lacked the acidity to last. It had a golden colour,rich bouquet and good long finish-not a hint of oxidation.
  • 3 - Chablis, les Preuses, '03, Simmonet–Febvre was lovely with the trademark green tinge and full fruity flavour.
  • 4 and 5 - David produced the ‘66 clarets and there was some debate as to when they should be decanted.We opted for immediately before drinking and this was, I think, justified. They both showed brilliantly with the Giscours seeming to have the edge over the Ducru Beaucaillou initially, but as they developed in the glass,the Ducru appeared to gain weight and Colin’s simple paper chromatography test-this after a dissertation of impenetrable profundity, showed that the Ducru had kept its colour better. They were both delicious.
  • 6 - Ch. Climens ‘09. Gorgeous golden colour, rich and lovely. It will surely improve over many years.
  • 7 - We finished this grande bouffe with some Quinta do Noval ‘82 and for a vintage not generally declared it went very well. Tongue in cheek, Colin said that it was quintessentially Noval, but he can say these things! Most importantly it brought back pleasant memories of the Van Zellers and especially Teresa, the toast of Oporto at the time.

We hope to do all this again before long!

Charles Minoprio MW


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