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2011 AXA Millésimes Scholarship Winners Announced

Six students in the Institute of Masters of Wine study programme have been announced as the winners of the prestigious 2011 AXA Millésimes’ Scholarship.

The 2011 scholars are:

  • Philip Hedger, co-founder and principal of VinumXtremus LLC
  • Anne Krebiehl, freelance wine and food journalist
  • Nova McCune Cadamatre, winemaker for Emma Pearl and associate winemaker for Souverain at Asti
  • Winery in the Alexander Valley, California
  • Ray O’Connor, commercial manager for the International Wine Challenge
  • Patrick Schmitt, editor of the The Drinks Business magazine
  • Nigel Sneyd, director of international winemaking at E & J Gallo Winery

AXA Millésimes, a long standing principal supporter of the Institute, contributes annually to its study programme around the world. The scholarship, now in its third year, is open to students of the Institute at any stage of their studies towards achieving the title Master of Wine. Applications for the scholarship were by essay addressing the question: “Biodynamics: a mere marketing tool or a fundamental transformation of viticultural practices?”

The 2011 scholars will make their visits this autumn, including:

  • Three days at AXA Millésimes’ Bordeaux properties: Château Pichon-Longueville; Château Petit-Village; and Château Suduiraut.
  • Two days at Domaine de l’Arlot in Burgundy.
  • An optional visit to Mas Belles Eaux in the Languedoc, Quinta do Noval in the Douro or Disznók? in Tokaj.

Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millésimes, said: “Once again the competition yielded a number of excellent essays, and the selection was very difficult due to the high standard overall. There was no right answer, and we were not looking for essays that came down particularly on one side or the other, but for well reasoned, balanced replies that answered the question in a well-thought out way, and added something to the overall debate. All the winners achieved this. Reading all the essays was stimulating and enjoyable, and I would like to thank everyone who took part and to offer my congratulations particularly to the outstanding group of six who are the winners this year.”

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “This scholarship offers our students unrivalled insight to winemaking at leading properties. The understanding they gain of what goes into making great wine is essential to acquiring the breadth of knowledge required to pass the Masters of Wine Examination. The Institute is enormously grateful to AXA Millésimes for its generous provision of this scholarship.”

11 New Masters of Wine Announced

The total number of Masters of Wine in the world has reached 300 for the first time in the title’s history.

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to confirm that 11 new Masters of Wine have qualified following the results of its 2011 examination, held in June. The news brings the Institute’s membership to 300 with Masters of Wine resident in 23 different countries.

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute said: ““We are delighted to welcome the 11 new Masters of Wine to our international community. I warmly and sincerely congratulate them on their amazing achievement and I am sure that each will be an excellent ambassador for wine and contribute to the continuing development of the Institute in the years ahead.”

The 11 new Masters of Wine, their nationality and country of residence are:
Michele Anderson MW (Australian living in USA)
Christy Canterbury MW (USA national and resident)
Sam Caporn MW (UK national and resident)
Mary Gorman-McAdams MW (Irish living in USA)
Andy Howard MW (UK national and resident)
Emma Jenkins MW (New Zealand national and resident)
Richard Kershaw MW (British living in South Africa)
Paul Liversedge MW (British living in Switzerland)
Caro Maurer MW (German national and resident)
Mai Tanaka MW (Japanese living in UK)
Clem Yates MW (UK national and resident)

In addition to those listed above, the first two new Masters of Wine in 2011 were announced in May, after completing their dissertations. They were:
Antony Moss MW (UK national and resident)
Dr. Liz Thach MW (USA national and resident)

In order to use the title Master of Wine a candidate must pass the theory and practical elements of the annual Masters of Wine Examination and complete a 10,000-word dissertation based upon original research.