Newsletter March 2016

MW Certificate  

Institute welcomes 5 new Masters of Wine

The Institute is delighted to announce 5 new Masters of Wine, including its first Czech, Malaysian and Israeli Members. The new MWs are Ivan Barbic MW (Switzerland); Eran Pick MW (Israel); Jan Schwarzenbach MW (Switzerland); Lenka Sedlackova MW (Czech Republic, currently living in UK); and Stephen Wong MW (Malaysian born, currently living in New Zealand). To see their biographies, please see the full press release.

  Study Programme News

Use of laptops for Practical Exams

Following the successful trial of the use of laptop computers for the Practical assessment during the Seminars this year, we are pleased to confirm that the use of computers will be allowed for the Stage 1 Assessment and MW Examination in June 2016. As per the Theory component, the use of computer remains optional for all students. 

Students will be sent a number of practice Practical papers over the coming months.  This will provide an opportunity to work out whether they would like to use a computer for Practical and also to practice using the Examsoft software.

Education News

 Geisenheim 2016 - 'Robotics in Viticulture'

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The theme 'Robotics in Viticulture' has been confirmed for the IMW Geisenheim Trip 2016. The trip, which is organised by the German Wine Institute, in conjunction with Geisenheim University and VDP - Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter will be from Friday 23rd September to Sunday 25th September 2016. 

This trip is open to MWs and MW Students. 

For the preliminary itinerary, please click here: Geisenheim Itinerary 2016 

To register, please contact Camilla Fitzgerald, Events Officer.  

An administration fee of £300.00 will need to be paid to participate in this trip. The closing date for registration is the 31st July 2016. 

Event News

 Past Events 

Volcanic Wines Seminar and Tasting - Sarah Abbot MW and Nancy Gilchrist MW 

The seminar took place in the morning of the 11th February at Chandos House. It was sold out, with 50 attendees, and with a total of 55 wines generously donated by producers from France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain and US. 

Future Events 

ProWein 2016

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If you are attending or hosting any events/tastings/seminars by an MW at ProWein, please could you let the IMW office know (handouts, descriptions etc.). We would like to be able to share these with the Institute community, as there is always a strong appetite to keep updated with various MW activities and goings-on. 

We will then share this in the newsletters and other media.

Please get in touch with

We plan to hold an information session at ProWein this year, to give aspiring MWs the chance to know a little more about the Institute and the Study Programme. The Chairman of the Institute, Sarah Jane Evans MW, will be there with Penny Richards, the Institute’s Director.

It will be on Sunday 13 March 2016, at 18.30. It’s being hosted by the Wine Institute of California, California Pavilion, Hall9, A06-C16.

If you know of people who will be interested, please do give them the information.

We are beginning to host such events in different places. Please see the link in the Institute’s website for more information.

Last year more than 50 Masters of Wine took advantage of a very special offer from the organisers of ProWein, Düsseldorf. We are delighted to report that Michael Degen, Director of Messe Düsseldorf, has generously extended the same offer to all Masters of Wine again this year.

The full offer for this year’s event, which runs from 13-15 March 2016, includes:

• A free ticket to ProWein 2016

• Use of the International VIP Lounge

• Use of the free limousine service

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please write to and your e-mail address will be sent onto the ProWein organisers. They in turn will send you a VIP code to access the above benefits. 

We will also be awarding the IMW/Drinks Business Winemakers’ Winemaker Award in the Kurt Schoop International Lounge on the evening of Monday 14 March, from 1900. You have already received an invitation. Please make sure to RSVP as this is a very popular event and we would hate for MWs to be turned away. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Peter Sisseck of Pingus, Peter Gago of Penfold’s, Paul Draper of Ridge, Anne-Claude Leflaive, and (last year) Egon Müller.

MW Activity at Prowein: 1. Julia Harding MW  will be hosting a talk on 'Portuguese Blended Wines' for Vini Portugal on Sunday 14th at 4pm and Monday 15th at 12pm. 

2. Pedro Ballesteros MW - 'Tasting of Grandes Pagos de España' on Sunday 13th at 2pm.

3. Caro Maurer MW - 'New Zealand Wines' on Saturday 12th March between 2pm and 6pm. Janek Schumann MW will also be joining. 

Sunday 13th March ' The Evolution of Israeli Wines' - from 11am to 11:30am in Hall9 A59.

Monday 14th March 'Riesling from Rheinhessen: With a sense of place' - from 3:30pm to 4pm in Hall 14 D19.

'Furmint for freaks' from 12:30pm to 13:00 in Hall 13 D60.

'The Evolution of Israeli Wines' from 2:30pm to 3pm in Hall9 A59.

'In the course of time: Wines in Lebanon' from 3:30pm to 4pm in Hall 9 J75. 

4. Romana Echensperger MW - 'Good, Better, Silvaner - Germany's other great White Wines' on the 13th and 14th March from 12:30pm in hall 13. 

5. Konstantin Baum MW - 'Meet the people behind the wines' - Wines of Turkey Pavilion on the 14th March from 2.00pm in hall 15 G 41.

4th Annual Bordeaux Tasting 2011 Vintage - 17.04.2016

The 2016 Bordeaux Tasting in Sydney, Australia will be on the 17th April 2016 at the Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

Registration is now open, for more information please go to our website. 

To book a ticket, please click here.

Botrytis Seminar with Richard Bampfield MW - 9.05.2016

Tickets have just gone on sale for the IMW Botrytis Seminar, and there are only 4 spaces left! 

Botrytis Seminar

To book your ticket, please get in touch with Camilla Fitzgerald, Events Officer. 

IMW 21 Club Lunch - John Casson MW - 3.10.2016

The date for the 21 Club Lunch has been confirmed for Monday 3rd October at Oxford and Cambridge Club, in the Princes Marie Louise Room. 

John Casson MW writes: 

'This year, we especially welcome those that became MW's in 1995. I believe this is an excellent occasion for more senior members of the Institute to interact with younger colleagues. At the lunch last year, we were delighted to see both Bill Warre MW and Colin Anderson MW'. 

Please save the date in your calendars. More details to follow. 

For those MWs who are unable to attend the event in London. Please do feel free to organise another 21 Club Lunch in your part of the world. If you do choose to do so, please could you let Camilla Fitzgerald know, and the IMW office will organise a shipment of wines your way. 

Members' News

2014 vintage release tasting of Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Gonzalez Byass UK and winemaker Olivier Humbrecht MW would like to invite you to celebrate the 2014 vintage release tasting of Domaine Zind Humbrecht.

10am – 4pm 21st March

67 Pall Mall

London SW1Y 5EZ

Please RSVP to Emma Jones on

Peter Csizmadia-Honigh book on wines of India is launching at Vintners' Hall on 19th April.

To know more, please click on the link:

Members in the News

Joel Butler MW Book

Divine vintage

Joel Butler MW ‘Divine Vintage’ Book can now be purchased through The World of Wines store website. Signed copied are available for only $27 plus shipping costs. 

Please click on the link to find out more.  

Editorial Reviews

“Comes alive detailing the wine regions of Turkey, Jordan, Israel. It's a fine reminder that wine has endured in [the Middle East].”—The San Francisco Chronicle

 “The interplay of wine with the rise of civilization and humankind’s evolving spiritual life is fascinating.”—The Toronto Star

“A wonderfully researched book.”—The San Francisco Chronicle 

"Titillating... Surprises for wine lovers."--The Washington Post 

Member’s Benefits Page on Website

World of Fine Wine Subscription available for Members and students: 15% discount on a one year subscription and a 25% discount on a two year subscription. Please check the Member’s section of our website 

Decanter Subscriptions: Please have a look at the member’s benefits on the website to take full advantage of The Decanter 50% discount on yearly subscriptions. 

Peter Mitchell MW welcomes baby girl

The Institute is delighted to announce that Peter Mitchell MW, Wine Coordinator for the Study Programme, has welcomed the early appearance of a baby girl on 29 February. Her name is Elodie.

Other News



Thanks to the huge success of the RAW wine fairs in recent years, November will see a massive expansion for all natural, organic & biodynamic wine lovers as the fair makes tracks not just for Berlin (to which it is returning for a second year after the popularity of its first German show last year), but also across the pond to the Big Apple! RAW wine fair NYC will be launching in Brooklyn on the 6th & 7th November.

But first it’s back to the city of its birth, London, where RAW will be celebrating its 7th edition on the 15th & 16th May at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. For two days, author and wine expert Isabelle Legeron will be bringing together the best in the low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural wine industry, alongside artisan food stalls, and craft beer, offering an amazing opportunity to expand both your knowledge and your taste buds. 

Over 150 growers will be bringing their wines and expertise to RAW offering the opportunity to sample the wines and talk to the people behind them – the farmers, producers, distributors and sommeliers. The infamous biodynamic winemaker Olivier Cousin will even be bringing a barrel of wine with him from his vineyard in the Loire Valley, a first for the UK. Olivier, his wife Claire and fair visitors will bottle the wines together directly at RAW using bottles opened at the fair itself. Bottles can be pre-bought online with tickets for only £10 - a steal of a price since the same wine in a shop costs nearly double that amount.

With the increasing trend for provenance and all things organic, interest in natural wine is ever-growing, with low-intervention organic and biodynamic wines being offered in restaurants and bars around the country. So, whether you’re an amateur or a connoisseur, RAW is the perfect place to learn more from the hundreds of wines on offer. Join us for London’s RAW wine fair this May to experience wine at its purest, and discover a new world of wine that extends beyond just white, red and rosé.

Opening hours: Sunday 15 May (10 am to 6 pm) – trade and public; Monday 16 May (10 am to 6 pm) – trade and limited public entries

     Venue: Old Truman Brewery, 83 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

     Entry Prices (all tasting free once inside): 

Free for trade - register via website

Free for press - register via website

Consumers: In advance - £35 (1-day access); £60 (2-day access). All tickets bookable via the website: On the door - £45 (1-day access)

     Bottle Prices: In advance (when bought in conjunction with your ticket): £10; On the day: £15

     Social: @RAWfair,

     Isabelle Legeron ( is an exceptional, award-winning wine taster. She stands for authenticity of taste and fine natural wine (free of additives and manipulation), and consults for Borough Market’s Elliot’s, Hackney’s The Richmond, as well as Hibiscus, a 2* Michelin restaurant in Mayfair and Kittitian Hill, an eco-luxury tourism initiative in St Kitts.

Isabelle's first book, Natural Wine: An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally, published by CICO Books, was released in 2014 and was shortlisted for three major food and drink book awards.

For more information, please contact Kate at nudge on: m - 07801 442 733 e - or Martha at nudge on: m - 07867 387 868 e -

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