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Masters of Wine Endowment Auction raises over £1.1m

Masters of Wine Endowment Auction raises over £1.1m

The Institute of Masters of Wine has raised over £1.1 million from a live auction of Super Lots and an online auction.

The money raised is for an Endowment Fund, held by the Masters of Wine Endowment Company. The Fund will enable the Institute to extend its range of activities in the global wine world, enhance the support it gives to Members worldwide and encourage the Masters of Wine of the future.

A dinner and live auction took place on 16 November 2017 at Bonhams, where bidders competed for 18 Super Lots, once-in-a-lifetime experiences from the great wine regions of the world. The evening embodied the best in the wine world, and the guests shared some extraordinary wines from impressive vintages, before bidding on some exceptional wine Lots. These included one-off opportunities from Screaming Eagle; Le Pin, Petrus, Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Ausone; Bollinger and Jackson Family Wines, as well as many others.

A spontaneous additional Super Lot was added on the night from Institute Supporter Berry Bros. & Rudd, for a private dinner with wines from their special reserves, which sold for £50,000. The Super Lots on the night raised an incredible £1,007,500.

In addition to the Super Lots, there were over 100 lots available online, also hosted by Bonhams. These lots raised £121,370 and included: a private dinner for six with Jancis Robinson MW and the Lander family at one of their award-winning London restaurants; 1 bottle of the 2014 vintage from every Grand Cru Classé en 1855 (Médoc & Sauternes) property; a collection of wines from all the Istituto Grandi Marchi producers; and many other wine adventures across the world.

The auction was initiated and instigated by three Masters of Wine, Richard Harvey MW (from Bonhams), Patrick McGrath MW and Fiona Morrison MW (Directors of the Masters of Wine Endowment Company).

Both auctions exceeded their target for the Endowment Fund. Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the Institute said, ‘We are still astonished at the result, and are so grateful for the generosity shown to the Institute. These funds will be invested in the short term and ultimately give us the opportunity to enhance our work across the international wine community for many years to come.’

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For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Auction Super Lots raise £1m for Masters Of Wine Endowment Fund

Auction Super Lots raise £1m for Masters Of Wine Endowment Fund

A benefit dinner and auction at Bonhams last night (16 November) raised an astonishing £1million for the Institute of Masters of Wine’s Endowment Fund. The Fund will enable the Institute to extend its range of activities in the global wine world, enhance the support it gives to Members worldwide and encourage the Masters of Wine of the future.

Thanks to the generosity of the Institute’s Members and Supporters, bidders competed for some spectacular Super Lots including:

  • A private tasting of Screaming Eagle wines, led personally by a member of the Screaming Eagle team, and a position on Screaming Eagle’s exclusive mailing list which went for £150,000.
  • An exclusive stay at Le Pin and Cheval Blanc plus visits and meals at the acknowledged five greats of the Right Bank; Le Pin, Petrus, Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Ausone which was sold for £145,000.
  • A tremendous three-night trip to Burgundy for four people, visiting top Domaines across the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. This includes a lunch in the private dining room at Clos de Lambrays, visits to Fourrier, Grivot, Lafon, Leflaive, Louis Jadot, Louis Latour and Rousseau which went for £90,000.

A further 100 lots are being offered online and bidding will continue until 1500 (GMT) on Tuesday 21 November 2017. All lots can be viewed here.

These include:

  • A 12-bottle case of Guigal’s famous ‘LaLa’ Côte-Rôtie wines from four of its exceptional single vineyards.
  • A chance to experience the best of Italy through the most prestigious wines of Istituto Grandi Marchi, including wines from Donnafugata, Marchese Antinori and Masi.
  • A unique opportunity to experience the three and a half day To Kalon Certification – the signature event for Robert Mondavi Winery usually only available to the wine trade.
  • A private once in a lifetime dinner for six with Jancis Robinson MW and the Lander family at one of award-winning restaurateur Will Lander’s London restaurants.
  • A place at the world’s most intensive Fine World Bootcamp at La Verrière in the Southern Rhone, which offers enthusiasts an immersion course of tuition in all aspects of wine.

Chairman of the Institute, Jane Masters MW said, “We are overwhelmed by the astounding success of the dinner and auction which, together with the money raised from the online auction, will put the Institute on a very sound footing for the future. We are extremely grateful to the many IMW Members, Supporters and our friends in the wine trade who donated so generously and helped make the evening so successful.”

Bonhams International Director of Wine, Richard Harvey MW commented, “Bonhams has always been a strong supporter of the IMW’s work in setting and maintaining rigorous standards in the modern wine business. We are very pleased to have been able to play a role in helping the IMW establish its Endowment Fund, which will ensure its vital work can continue and grow in the future”.

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For more information please contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Notes for Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine.  The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others.  Today, there are 369 Masters of Wine working in 29 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are over 350 students in the MW Study Programme from over 30 countries.

About Bonhams
Bonhams was founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with sales also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

Fernando Mora MW wins the Institute of Masters of Wine Noval Award 2017

Fernando Mora MW wins the Institute of Masters of Wine Noval Award 2017

Self-taught Spanish winemaker and consultant Fernando Mora MW from Campo de Borja has been awarded the prestigious Quinta do Noval prize for the best Research Paper in the final stage to becoming a Master of Wine. He wins a cheque for £1000, a framed print and a trip to the iconic Quinta in the Douro to collect a case of wines and ports – including Noval’s fabled Nacional Vintage.

Fernando received his award from Christian Seely, MD of AXA Millesimes, Noval’s owners, at a glittering Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Awards Ceremony at Vintners’ Hall in London earlier this week, which honoured the eighteen students who had passed the 2017 Master of Wine examinations. They join a select group of less than 370 MWs worldwide.

Fernando’s paper on ways to revise the wine quality classification in Campo de Borja, and other Spanish wine regions, won him high praise from both the Institute and the sponsor Noval.

‘It’s always refreshing to read a research paper that will so clearly be used by the wine trade, that has been written accessibly, and with an eye to the future. It’s an important part of the Master of Wine examination and we are delighted a Spanish subject has been honoured this year.’ said Penny Richards, the Institute’s Executive Director. Meanwhile Christian Seely commented ‘The subject is important, and the aim admirable, the analysis very clear, and the suggestions very intelligently thought through. There is a good chance that the proposed system may be implemented, and if so it is likely to do some real good. I thought it was outstanding, and of real practical use.’

Fernando’s story is fascinating. An engineer working in the automotive and wind industry, he fell in love with wine, and did everything within his power to turn his hobby into a profession. To learn about winemaking he planted 28 vines in his grandparents’ garden in Alagón, Zaragoza and bought a kit to make his own wine at home, using his bathtub. He quit his ‘day job’ in 2013 to create Bodegas Frontonio and two years later launched a new project in Campo de Borja called Cuevas de Arom.

He says his life is revolves around Garnacha – and greatly looks forward to spending time at Quinta do Noval once more, and studying the indigenous and imported varieties planted there.

‘I first visited Noval a couple of years ago, when Christian Seely opened a very special Tawny for us to taste blind. I guessed, correctly, that it was a Colheita ’64 – and that gave me the confidence to study for my Master of Wine qualification’ he explained, ‘To win the Noval Award, now, after all that hard work is truly the icing on the cake. I am thrilled’.

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For further information please contact:
Fiona Campbell, Quinta do Noval’s UK PR consultant (fionaccampbell@btopenworld.com) or Sarah Kirkpatrick, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Institute of Masters of Wine (skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org)

The Madame Bollinger Foundation awards the 2017 Bollinger Medal to Jeremy Cukierman MW

The Madame Bollinger Foundation awards the 2017 Bollinger Medal to Jeremy Cukierman MW

The Madame Bollinger Foundation has awarded the Bollinger Medal for excellence in tasting in the Masters of Wine examinations to Jeremy Cukierman MW.

Presented by the Secretary of The Madame Bollinger Foundation, Andrew Hawes, Jeremy received the prize at the Institute’s Annual Award Ceremony in London, which celebrated the induction of 18 new MWs to the Institute and recognised individual excellence in all aspects of the MW examination – picture shows Andrew (l) and Jeremy (r) at the ceremony.

This year’s presentation marks the 29th occasion that the Bollinger medal has been awarded since its inauguration in 1988. The winners of The Bollinger Medal comprise ten different nationalities of Master of Wine,16 men and 13 women.

Commenting on the importance of such recognition of achievement in wine education, Etienne Bizot, Chairman of The Madame Bollinger Foundation, said; “In the pursuit of excellence in wine education, the Institute of Masters of Wine is without question the global reference, the leading light, in its field. It gives me great pleasure to award the Bollinger Medal to Jeremy, a superlative taster, in honour of Madame Bollinger.”

Born and raised in Paris, Jeremy is the co-founder and co-CEO of Des Mets des Vins, runs two wine shops in Paris, a wine event agency and a wine school. Jeremy also consults for private customers and wine companies, lectures across all levels of WSET certification and trains future wine professionals in customised courses. In addition to all of this, he also writes for the French magazine Vigneron and for his own blog (www.intothewinewithjeremy.com). For winning the medal, Jeremy will receive a year’s supply of the full range of Bollinger Champagnes, and a private tour and tasting at Champagne Bollinger in Ay.

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Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine.  The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others.  Today, there are 369 Masters of Wine working in 29 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are over 350 students in the MW Study Programme from over 30 countries.

About the Madame Bollinger Foundation
The Madame Bollinger Foundation was founded in honour of Madame Lily Bollinger who tirelessly headed the eponymous Champagne house from 1941, following the death of her husband, to retirement in 1973. Founded in 1987, and established as the first partner of The Institute of Masters of Wine in 1988, the purpose of The Madame Bollinger Foundation is to promote excellence in oenology and to foster quality, education, professional qualification and ethics in all matters relating to wine at an international level. The Foundation and the board of trustees have determined that the Institute of Masters of Wine is the best organisation to help reach this aim, and are proud of their long and continuous association with the Institute for over 25 years.

Previous winners:
1988 – Michael Hill Smith MW
1989 – Mark Pardoe MW
1990 – Joanna Locke MW
1991 – Alun Griffiths MW
1992 – Jonathan Pedley MW
1993 – Andrew Caillard MW
1994 – John Hoskins MW
1995 – Peter Marks MW
1996 – Matthew Stubbs MW
1997 – Anne Tupker MW
1998 – Gerard Basset MW
1999 – John Atkinson MW
2000 – Not awarded
2001 – Linda Jotham MW
2002 – Konstantinos Lazarakis MW
2003 – Toni Paterson MW
2004 – Simon Larkin MW
2005 – Susan Hulme MW
2006 – Essi Avellan MW
2007 – Ulf Sjodin MW
2008 – Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
2009 – Isabelle Legeron MW
2010 – Alex Hunt MW
2011 – Samantha Caporn MW
2012 – Andreas Wickhoff MW
2013 – Anne McHale MW
2014 – Louise Sydbeck MW
2015 – Rebecca Gibb MW
2016 – Mary Margaret McCamic MW

18 new Masters of Wine join the Institute at the Annual Awards Ceremony

18 new Masters of Wine join the Institute at the Annual Awards Ceremony

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) to its membership at the Institute’s Annual Awards Ceremony in London. The ceremony celebrates the induction of the new MWs to the Institute and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of the Masters of Wine (MW) examination. There are now 369 MWs based in 29 different countries.

The 18 new MWs, who passed all parts of the MW examination in March and September 2017 are Mark Andrew MW (UK), Nova Cadamatre MW (USA), Julie Chéné Nyheim MW (Norway), Alistair Cooper MW (UK), Jeremy Cukierman MW (France), Emma Dawson MW (UK), David Forer MW (Spain), Philip Harden MW (UK), Ashley Hausman Vaughters MW (USA), Sarah Heller MW (Hong Kong), Tim Jackson MW (UK), Andreas Kubach MW (Spain), Fernando Mora MW (Spain), Aina Mee Myhre MW (Norway), Billo Naravane MW (USA), Catherine Petrie MW (UK), Nigel Sneyd MW (USA) and Morgan Twain-Peterson MW (USA).

Individual awards were given during the ceremony to the MWs who performed exceptionally in a particular area of the MW examination.

Nova Cadamatre MW received the Taransaud Tonnellerie Award, for her excellent knowledge in the production and handling of wine. The award was presented by Henri de Pracomtal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chêne Et Cie, the parent company of Taransaud.

For his outstanding tasting ability, Jeremy Cukierman MW received the Bollinger Medal, presented by Andrew Hawes, the Managing Director of Mentzendorff and Secretary of the Madame Bollinger Foundation.

The Noval Award, sponsored by Quinta do Noval, part of AXA Millésimes, is awarded for the best research paper by a new MW. Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millésimes presented the honour to Fernando Mora MW for his research paper ‘Proposals for creating a revised wine quality classification in Denomination of Origin (DO) Campo de Borja, with recommendations for potential implementation in other DOs in Spain’.

Sarah Heller MW was rewarded four times on the evening. She received the Villa Maria Prize for her outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture and the Errazuriz Award for her performance in the business of wine exam, both presented by Phil Tuck MW, from Hatch Mansfield. For her outstanding performance across all of the theory papers in the MW examination, the Robert Mondavi Winery Award was presented to Sarah by Mark de Vere MW of Constellation Brands. She also received the final accolade of the evening, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) Outstanding Achievement Award. Presented by Barbara Waxenegger from AWMB, this award was given to Sarah for her overall performance in all areas of the MW examination.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “As Chairman, I am delighted to officially welcome our 18 new Masters of Wine – many congratulations to all of them for this tremendous personal achievement. Each has a wealth of experience and knowledge of wine and I am sure will contribute to the future success of our international trade.”

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For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Familia Torres joins Institute of Masters of Wine international supporter community

Familia Torres joins Institute of Masters of Wine international supporter community

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is delighted to welcome Familia Torres to its international supporter community.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “I am so pleased to welcome Familia Torres as an official Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine. This fifth generation business has been at the forefront of driving wine quality and international trade for decades. Led by Miguel A. Torres, recipient of the Institute of Masters of Wine/Drinks Business Lifetime Achievement Award in June 2017, the company is committed to environmental conservation and shares our mission to promote excellence interaction and learning across the global wine community.”

From its origins as winegrowers in 1870, Familia Torres has combined tradition and innovation with the aim of making premium wine and brandy, always with the utmost respect for the environment. Rooted in the Penedès near Barcelona for more than three centuries, Familia Torres historically has wineries and vineyards in the Penedès, Conca de Barberà, Priorat, and Costers del Segre.

The protection of the land and environment, the pursuit of excellence and the passion for wine culture has been passed down from generation to generation. Fourth generation family member Miguel A. Torres pioneered the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in Spain, creating ‘Mas la Plana’ in 1970, and today’s fifth generation is focussed on recovering ancestral Catalan, Spanish and Chilean varieties and continuing to make top quality wines from unique and special vineyards. Familia Torres is also present in Chile, California and other Spanish iconic regions with singular wines and vineyards. Torres is a member of Primum Familiae Vini (also an IMW Supporter), an association of 11 wine families who are among the most prestigious wine producers of their regions.

Miguel Torres Maczassek, fifth generation of the Torres family said: “We are delighted to develop this new partnership as the Institute of Masters of Wine is one of the most famous and admired wine institutions in the world. We very much value the impressive capacity of the IMW organisation and its Members to spread wine knowledge and wine culture to the growing number of wine lovers across the world.”

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For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org