IMW Newsletter June 2016
             Newsletter Header 2Masters of Wine and friends at the Spain Masterclass 26-28 May 2016
  Study Programme



Applications to enter the Institute’s Study Programme will be accepted from Monday 1 June to Friday 22 July 2016, so if you know of worthy candidates, please do encourage them to apply. The process is explained here on the IMW website.

For the last few years, the Institute has seen a steady growth in the number of people applying to the Study Programme. At the same time the process has become more stringent, as we are keen to accept only people who show they have a strong chance of becoming a Master of Wine. All applicants must hold a Wine Qualification, at least WSET Diploma level, Bachelors or a Masters in wine, or an appropriately high level sommelier certificate. They also need to have a minimum of three years’ prior professional work experience in the global wine community.

All applicants will need a reference to support their application from a Master of Wine or another senior wine trade professional. In the past MWs have relied on the candidate to submit this reference. This year we ask you to send it directly to the Institute via this link or email A template for the form is available to download here. 

If you or any prospective candidates would like some more information, please see here


The Institute’s examinations start on Tuesday 7 June 2016, and will begin, as always, with the first Practical Examination. They will finish on Friday 10 June 2016, with two papers – The Business of Wine, and Contemporary Issues. It’s the first year candidates will be able to use computers for the practical exam, and 53% are choosing to do so.

This year, 138 will sit in Sydney, London and San Francisco. This is a record number of candidates. In 2015 112 sat the exam. The results will be announced on Monday 5 September 2016. The exam wines will be revealed on Monday 13 June 2016.

Stage 1 Assessment 

The examination will be preceded by the Stage 1 Assessment, which will also take place in the three exam centres. It’s the second year that this is compulsory for all Stage 1 students. This change was made to make sure that students only progress to Stage 2 of the Study Programme (formerly known as the Second Year) if they are ready for that intensive study period.

Welcome to Patricia McKellar, our new External Examiner 

Patricia We're delighted that Patricia McKellar has joined the Institute as an External Examiner. Patricia is a qualified lawyer with a law degree from University of Aberdeen, a Diploma in Legal Practice from University of Glasgow and a Certificate in European Studies from the University of Nice. Patricia has been involved in education for over 20 years and is currently Associate Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme at the University of London.

Commenting on her appointment Patricia said: ‘I’m very much looking forward to working with the Institute and hope my experience of education, external examining and remote learning will contribute to maintaining the high standards associated with the Study Programme. This will continue to build on the high quality work which was undertaken by my predecessor as External Examiner, Mark Jenkins, and will ensure the future development of best practice within the programme.’

Institute Information Session

Tim presentationIf 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.

Kenichi Ohasi MW and Tim Wildman MW (pictured) recently presented an Introduction to the Institute and the Study Programme at the SIAL Wine Fair in Shanghai. If you identify opportunities to present the Institute and the Study Programme in this way, please contact Olly Chapman who will be delighted to help you. 


Supporters, awards and scholarships

Primum Familiae Vini joins our Supporter community

PFV_2The Institute announced in May that Primum Familiae Vini has joined our community of international Supporters.
Primum Familiae Vini (PFV) is an association of some of the world's leading wine-producing families from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Currently, eleven families make up the association: Marchesi Antinori, Château Mouton Rothschild, Joseph Drouhin, Egon Müller Scharzhof, Famille Hugel, Champagne Pol Roger, Famille Perrin, the Symington Family Estates, Tenuta San Guido, Miguel Torres and Vega Sicilia. See the full press release here

MW awards 

The 2016 Drinks Business awards were announced in early May, and we were delighted to see the success of a number of MWs and their companies:                                                                                                              
DrinksBusinessLifetime Achievement Award 
Mark Savage MW (pictured) 
On Trade Supplier of the Year
David Gleave MW (pictured) also runner-up in the Drinks Company of the year
Best Launch
Domaine Evremond under the guidance of Patrick McGrath MW from Hatch Mansfield and Stephen Skelton MW as their viticultural consultant
Drinks Event of the Year
Enotria and Coe with Jon Pepper MW
Retailer of the Year and Retail Buying Team of the Year
Waitrose, one of our Principal Supporters (with Pierpaolo Petrassi MWBecky Hull MW and Xenia Irwin MW)
Fine Wine Retailer of the Year
Runner-up: Goedhuis & Co (with David Roberts MW)
Woman of the Year
Barbara Banke from Jackson Family Wines, a Major Supporter of the Institute. 

MWs make the Top 100

Congratulations to Pierpaolo Petrassi MW, who was named as the second most influential person in wine by Off Licence News. He is joined on the list by James Davis MW, Laura Jewell MW, Jancis Robinson MW, David Gleave MW, the Saturday Kitchen team (which includes Tim Atkin MW, Susan Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW), Fergal Tynan MW, Patrick McGrath MW, Justin Knock MW, Simon Thorpe MW, Nicholas Tatham MW and Clem Yates MW.
See the full list here

Decanter World Wine Awards

Barbara Philip MW was one of the 70 plus MWs in London for the Decanter World Wine Awards, where her panel spent four days judging Canadian wines. After the awards, Barbara commented on the future of sparkling wines in British Columbia. 

Hidden wines in Czech castle offer taste of 19th Century

Andreas Wickhoff MW enjoyed a rare taste of fine wines from the 19th century in May. The hidden gems were discovered under the floorboards of a Czech castle, in a treasure hunt that pitted Communist-era police against aristocrats. Andreas said the age and size of the Becov stock was unique, especially given wines half as old often turned up spoiled.
See the full article here 

Scholarships for our students 

The Soave Consortium and Spain’s Foundation for Wine Culture both awarded scholarships to our students on the Study Programme in May. Jane Nisbet Huseby won the first ever Soave Scholarship, for her winning essay on Volcanic Wines. The judges felt she gave fresh ideas on how volcanic wines can be further promoted, positioned and communicated in collaboration with appellations of volcanic origin throughout the world. 
Spain’s Foundation for Wine Culture awarded its second scholarship to Jorge Orte Tudela, who will join the MW Study Programme in September this year. He will receive 4,000€ towards fees, tastings, travel and other costs needed for the programme, as well as a working trip to some of the Foundation’s wineries.



Global Syrah Tasting, 20 June 2016, LA

Building oGlobal Syrah Tasting n the Institute’s highly successful annual Champagne, American Cabernet, and Bordeaux tastings, this event is set to become one of the premier tastings of its kind in the Americas. The tasting will focus on a broad scope of top quality old world and new world Syrahs from regions including the Rhône, California, Washington, and the Southern Hemisphere.
A seated tasting (led by a panel of MWs) will take place from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, followed by a walk-around tasting showcasing up to 70 wines, from 4.00pm to 6.30pm. See here for ticket information, or contact Nancy Johnson if you have any questions. 

40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris Tasting, 23 June 2016, London

There are a40th Anniversary of Paris Tasting  few tickets left for the 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris Tasting. This exclusive event for MWs and MW students will take place at 2:30pm on Thursday 23 June 2016, in the Duke Street Gallery in Christie's King Street. 
Marcus Notaro of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Matt Crafton of Chateau Montelena Winery will each present five vintages of their iconic wines and give insights about the philosophy of their respective wineries including the changes they have undergone over the decades.They will talk about what the Judgment of Paris meant to the winery at the time, and why it matters today. There will also be the opportunity to quiz them on a wide variety of other topics including:
  • Climate change and coping with water shortage both in the vineyard and the cellar
  • Vine and rootstock selection in the light of climate change
  • The control of alcohol in winemaking 
  • The role of technology in artisan wine-making
  • The advantages and disadvantages of Appellation and the AVA system
To register for one of the last remaining tickets, please contact Camilla Fitzgerald.

Botrytis Seminar, 9 May 2016, London

Botrytis Seminar

We were delighted to welcome a full house at the IMW Botrytis Tasting. The speakers were Fabrice Dubourdieu, viticulturist for Château Doisy-Daêne, Clos Floridene, Château Reynon, Château Cantegril and Château Haura, István Turóczi, General Manager of Royal Tokaji and Rowald Hepp, CEO of Schloss Vollrads. The video of the seminar is now live on our website and can be watched here


Your opinion matters!

If you have recently attended an IMW event, we would be very grateful if you could complete a short survey to provide us with your feedback. The survey takes less than two minutes to complete and will help us when we plan future events. 
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Alto Adige MW Trip 15 to 18 September 2016

There are just four places left for this year’s ‘Red Wine Varieties’ trip to Alto Adige/Südtirol, a Supporter of the Institute. Hotel, transport and meal costs are covered by the Consorzio. If you would like to join the trip, please email Camilla Fitzgerald by Monday 6 June 2016. If any spaces are available after this date, we will open the trip to MW students. 
Details of the trip and the full programme are available here: Alto Adige 2016 (330KB)

Trentodoc MW Trip 10 to 13 November 2016

There are only two places left for the MW Trentodoc trip. Hosted by one of the Institute’s Supporters, the programme will give insight into Trentodoc, its labels, its producers and the realities of working in the Trentino region. The trip includes a tasting at Palazzo Roccabruna, of approximately 110 labels and visits to the cellars with the producers. See the full programme here: Trentodoc 2016 (437KB) 
If you would like to attend, please email Camilla Fitzgerald by Monday 6 June 2016. 

Georgia MW Trip 2016 

Graciously sponsored by the Georgian Wine Association, 20 MWs spent several days in the Republic of Georgia, exploring the country's 8000 years of wine history and culture: wine and land have been the two constants throughout Georgian history. Georgians are renowned for their hospitality; the GWA - and all of the participating producers - did not disappoint! (Lisa Granik MW). 
See the trip report here:Georgia Trip Report 2016 (2.700KB)

Porto MW Student Trip 2016

The recent trip to Porto was a real success and a valuable experience for the 18 students who spent four days in Porto and the Douro Valley. It was hosted by Symington Family Estates, one of the Institute’s Supporters, Quinta do Noval (with AXA Millésimes, a Principal Supporter of the Institute), and the Fladgate Partnership. Stacy Dalton, an MW student said: ‘The trip was absolutely fantastic. The hosts did such a remarkable job and spent enormous time with us showing us things no one else would ever get to see or taste. I was always dying to go Portugal but the trip even exceeded my high expectations!
See the trip report here: Student Trip to Porto trip report  (1.060KB)

MW Social

MW Golf Group 

IMW Golf Group Once again, a team of MW golfers took on the might of the Wine Trade in a fixture at Rye Golf Club, taking in two days of golf and an evening of wine-fuelled revelry in the fast-becoming-legendary Tuscan Kitchen in Rye. The fixture has now taken on international standing, with Cees Van Casteren MW and Norrel Robertson MW flying in from the Netherlands and Spain respectively to join nine other MW’s and a local bandit.  
And once again the MW’s were victorious, claiming a 6.5 to 5.5 victory and closing the gap on the wine trade, who now only lead 7-6 since the match was first played in 2002 (two matches halved). As ever, if there are any MW golfers out there who would like to represent the Institute in this fixture in the future, please contact Richard Bampfield MW

Wine Trade Concert Skin Contact rocks again!

SkincontactFor the second year running, over 300 wine-trade fans, friends and family gathered for Skin Côntact Live with Richard Hemming MW this month. The concert raised over £10,000 for Wine Relief, the wine trade's effort for Comic Relief.
Find out more here 






Our Fathers Shiraz Tasting

Giles Cooke MW would like to thank the IMW Members who supported the inaugural vintage of Our Fathers Shiraz tasting. Giles is delighted to report that Our Fathers has been able to make its first charitable donation. Our Fathers was inspired by the compassionate care that Giles’ father received during his last days, and so this first donation was always going to be to St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh. Over the coming weeks, Our Fathers will also be making donations to MIND, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation. If you would like to buy any 2014 or express an interest in the 2015 (to be launched in November), please contact Giles through Our Fathers Wines


Art for Sale 

ArtforSaleRetired art dealers Janet and Tony Anderson recently noticed the front cover of our 2015-16 Annual Report. The cover is a sketch by French artist Auguste Vuillemot (1883-1970), kindly donated by Neil Tully MW. Janet and Tony contacted the Institute as they have around 40 original pen and watercolour drawings, circa 1925 by Auguste Vuillemot. If you are interested in finding out more about the drawings, which depict scenes in wine bars and cafes, please email Janet and Tony directly.

And finally...

Job Vacancy at Tesco 

James Davis MW is hoping to recruit either an MW or/and an MW Student for two wine buying roles at Tesco. The roles involve working closely with the Category Buying Manager for Wine. You can find out more about the roles here or email James directly

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