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Stage two MW student Åsa Wahlström awarded the 2018 George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship

Stage two MW student Åsa Wahlström awarded the 2018 George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is pleased to announce that stage 2 Master of Wine student Åsa Wahlström has been awarded the 2018 George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship.

The George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by Mary Margaret McCamic MW in honour of her late father, a retired doctor and former U.S. Naval officer. It was founded with the hope of inspiring wine students to relate wine to something beyond the textbook. A man who viewed the world with an intelligent yet impassioned perspective, George T. Gamblin was able to pass this outlook onto his children as he encouraged them to pursue excellence in academia while also appreciating the natural world around them. Mary Margaret fondly remembers how her pursuit to become a Master of Wine drove many conversations that she had with her father about life, history, and human culture.

The new scholarship will be awarded annually to a stage 2 Master of Wine student who demonstrates a particular appreciation for how wine taps into our creative senses. Eligible students are required to submit a wine-related creative piece, and the topic will vary in format each year. This year students were asked to write on the following creative topic: Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote that ‘wine is bottled poetry.’ Explore how wine has the capacity to tap into our creative senses and provide inspiration.

Åsa Wahlström is the first recipient of the award. She will receive $500 USD to be used toward her Master of Wine studies. Currently Åsa resides in Sweden and serves as the Quality Manager for Solera Beverage Group, an importer of wines and spirits into the Nordic markets. Åsa has held positions as a sommelier in Stockholm, as well as in education with teaching positions at the Restaurant Academy and Örebro University. She continues to write and educate about wine as a Certified Educator with the WSET.

Though there were many outstanding essays, Åsa’s winning submission was chosen unanimously by Mary Margaret McCamic MW and her family. “Åsa’s piece demonstrates the unique ability to tie wine to personal struggles and triumphs, the drive to succeed professionally, and the desire for personal happiness. It also offered a beautiful poetic voice,” said Mary Margaret McCamic MW. She added, “There are many talented wine professionals in the world, but very few can effectively relate wine to the human condition. I hope this scholarship encourages students to think beyond conventional notions about their wine studies and to consider wine both intellectually and creatively.”

Upon learning that she had won the scholarship for her work, Åsa commented, “I feel deeply honoured that the family selected my submission and believe that the George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity for MW students to remember why we started loving wine in the first place. I know I did.”

Åsa’s winning piece can be found published on the George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship website.

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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

IMW Executive Director resignation announcement

IMW Executive Director resignation announcement

It is with sadness that we announce that Penny Richards, Executive Director at the Institute of Masters of Wine will be leaving the organisation at the end of the year. Penny has resigned after leading the IMW for more than five years to take up a new role in London.

Said Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW, “Penny has been the driving force behind the Executive Team who have delivered unprecedented success within the IMW over the last few years. We wish her the best of luck as she leaves to become the Managing Director of the Aspen Institute in the UK, a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas.

“On behalf of the IMW, I would like to thank Penny for her commitment, dedication and tireless efforts. The IMW’s reputation and global interest in the study programme has never been higher. The foundations are now in place for the next exciting stage of its development. I personally wish her every success in her new role.”

Penny joined the IMW in May 2013 after a long career as a journalist working in foreign news at the BBC. She was also the Head of Communications and Advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India, and the COO for The Elders, a group of former world leaders working together for peace and human rights.

Penny Richards said, “I have loved my time at the IMW, and will carry with me so many joyous memories of friendships made and wines shared. I will continue to marvel at how much each Master of Wine gives to their Institute and their community, and am glad to have been part of it at such a positive time in its history.”

Over the next few months, the IMW will be conducting a search to find the new Executive Director, led by IMW Chairman Adrian Garforth MW, in conjunction with recruiters Ellwood Atfield. In the meantime, Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development, will be the acting Executive Director until a successor is appointed

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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

Investment in study programme wines from Masters of Wine Endowment Auction fund

Investment in study programme wines from Masters of Wine Endowment Auction fund

A year ago today the Masters of Wine Endowment Auction raised over £1 million from a live auction of super lots.

Held at Bonhams international auction house in London, the evening embodied the best in the wine world with a line-up of amazing dinner wines and extraordinarily rare auction lots. Attended by key wine collectors and connoisseurs from across the world, bidders competed for 18 super lots, once-in-a-lifetime experiences from the great wine regions of the world, at the dinner and live auction.

A spontaneous additional super lot of a private dinner featuring the gala dinner wines was added on the night from Institute of Masters of Wine Supporter Berry Bros. & Rudd, which took the grand total to an incredible £1,007,500. In addition to the super lots, there were over 100 lots available online, also hosted by Bonhams, which raised £121,370.

The money raised at the auction is for the Endowment Fund, held by the Masters of Wine Endowment Company. The company was established by the IMW 10 years ago, primarily to manage investments to enable the IMW 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.

The Masters of Wine Endowment Company is currently engaged in investing the funds raised from the auction. One of the decisions taken is the immediate provision of funds to be used to purchase classic wines to aid students on the MW study programme.

With 360 students from 45 countries, not all students have access to a helpful spread of wines, and the IMW aims to give students all opportunities possible to help them on their MW student journey. The Masters of Wine Endowment Company also plans to release further funds in the next few years, to enhance this purchase, and plan for successive generations of students.

Penny Richards, IMW Executive Director said, “The fabulously successful auction really is an event that keeps on giving. The generosity of so many people means we can continue to serve our students and Masters of Wine for years to come.”

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


Photos available on request

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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

Christie’s International Director wins coveted Noval Award

Christie’s International Director wins coveted Noval Award

Tim Triptree MW, recently appointed International Director of Wine at global auction house Christie’s, has won the sought-after Noval Award for the best research paper at the Institute of Masters of Wine annual awards ceremony this week. The research paper is the final stage of the Master of Wine examinations. This international qualification is the wine trade’s highest accolade, and the result of over many years of study, tasting, and examinations. This year, just 14 students, from nine countries, were accorded the privilege of adding MW to their name – bringing the total to 380 world-wide.

Tim was presented with the prestigious Noval Award, by Christian Seely, Managing Director of Port shippers Quinta do Noval. He wins a cheque for £1000, and a trip to the spectacular Quinta do Noval estate to collect a very rare bottle of vintage Port.

Tim, 43, a former City banker, joined Christie’s in 2005 and was based in Hong Kong for four years – returning last year to take up his new appointment. His award-winning paper Reserve Wine Use in Brut Non-Vintage Champagne: Trends, causes, implications focusses on his expert knowledge of Champagne – with great success. He has a particular interest in the region after winning the Trinity Champagne Scholarship during his Master of Wine studies.

“Each year, we are always so excited to find out who has won the Noval Award. It is such a fitting tribute to the hard work that goes into writing the research paper – and Tim’s is a fascinating read. We hope our research papers continue to be of great value to the whole wine industry.” said Penny Richards, the IMW’s Executive Director.

Meanwhile Christian Seely commented, “The subject is a fascinating one for lovers of Champagne, and the study was both extremely informative and thought provoking. It did not just confine itself to analysis of data, but also provided stimulating reflections on possible consequences of trends that were identified. As well as all this, it was also well written and very enjoyable.”

On receiving his award – marked by a framed print of the Quinta he will visit – Tim said, “I am absolutely elated to win the Noval Award, as Port is such an important part of Christie’s business. Visiting the Douro has always been on my bucket list – and now I am going to the home of the legendary Quinta do Noval Nacional. It is truly amazing!”

Picture shows: Tim Triptree MW, receiving his Noval Award, and picture of Quinta do Noval, from Managing Director Christian Seely.

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For further information contact:
Fiona Campbell (Quinta do Noval PR): fionaccampbell@btopenworld.com
Tim Triptree MW: +44(0)2077523130 / ttriptree@christies.com
Sarah Kirkpatrick: skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

The Madame Bollinger Foundation awards the 2018 Bollinger Medal to Lindsay Pomeroy MW

The Madame Bollinger Foundation awards the 2018 Bollinger Medal to Lindsay Pomeroy MW

The Madame Bollinger Foundation last night awarded the Bollinger Medal for excellence in tasting and outstanding achievement in the Institute of Masters of Wine practical examinations to Lindsay Pomeroy MW, presented by the Chairman of the Madame Bollinger Foundation, Etienne Bizot. The presentation took place at the annual Institute of Masters of Wine awards ceremony held at Vintners’ Hall in London.

This year’s presentation marks the 30th 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, sixteen men and fourteen women.

Commenting on the importance of such recognition of achievement in wine education, Etienne Bizot, great-nephew of Madame Bollinger, said; “When my father Christian Bizot launched the “Madame Bollinger Foundation” at Vintners Hall in 1988, the purpose was to foster quality, education and ethics in all matters relating to wine at an international level. 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. I am therefore very pleased to award the Bollinger Medal to Lindsay, a superlative taster, in honour of Madame Bollinger.”

Lindsay’s passion for wine started in San Diego, California where she currently resides. Lindsay has helped foster a community of knowledge-thirsty wine drinkers in San Diego throughout her 12-year tenure as the Chief Wine Educator and founder of Wine Smarties, a wine education school that provides WSET and French Wine Scholar (FWS) courses. Leading up to the MW study programme, Lindsay successfully earned her WSET Diploma, FWS certificate and Certified Wine Educator (CWE).

For winning the medal, Lindsay 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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For further information and images please contact:
Jessica Hill-Smith, Communications Manager, Mentzendorff – jessica@mentzendorff.co.uk
Sarah Kirkpatrick, Head of Marketing, Communicaitons and Membership, Institute of Masters of Wine, SKirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

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 380 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 360 students in the 2018-2019 MW study programme, from 45 countries.

About the Madame Bollinger Foundation
The Madame Bollinger Foundationwas 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
2017 – Jeremy Cukierman MW
2018 – Lindsay Pomeroy MW

Fourteen Masters of Wine inaugurated at the IMW annual awards ceremony

Fourteen Masters of Wine inaugurated at the IMW annual awards ceremony

The Institute of Masters of Wine has officially welcomed 14 new Masters of Wine to its membership at the IMW’s annual awards ceremony in London.

The ceremony celebrates the induction of the new MWs to the IMW and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of the MW examination. There are now 380 MWs based in 30 different countries.

The fourteen MWs passed all parts of the MW examination in 2018 and were announced in March and September this year. The 2018 vintage are: Almudena Alberca MW (Spain); Cassidy Dart MW (UK); Job de Swart MW (Netherlands); Barbara Drew MW (UK); Caroline Hermann MW (USA); Olga Karapanou Crawford MW (USA); Regine Lee MW (UK); Elsa Macdonald MW (Canada); Simon Milroy MW (UK); Thomas Parker MW (UK); Lindsay Pomeroy MW (USA); Nicolas Quillé MW (USA); Martin Reyes MW (USA); and Tim Triptree MW (UK).

Sponsored by Supporters of the IMW, individual awards were given during the ceremony to the MWs who performed exceptionally in a particular area of the MW examination.

Job de Swart MW received the Taransaud Tonnellerie Award, for his excellent knowledge in the production and handling of wine. The award was presented to Job by Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW.

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 Tim Triptree MW for his research paper Reserve wine use in Brut NV Champagne: trends, causes and implications.

Nicolas Quillé MW was rewarded three times on the evening. He received the Villa Maria Prize for his outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture and the Errazuriz Award for his performance in the business of wine exam, both presented by Phil Tuck MW, from Hatch Mansfield. For his outstanding performance across all of the theory papers in the MW examination, Mark de Vere MW of Constellation Brands presented the Robert Mondavi Winery Award to Nicolas.

For her outstanding tasting ability, Lindsay Pomeroy MW received the Bollinger Medal, presented by Etienne Bizot, Chairman of the Madame Bollinger Foundation and great-nephew of Madame Bollinger. Lindsay also received the final accolade of the evening, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board Outstanding Achievement Award. Presented by Willi Klinger, Managing Director of AWMB, this award was given to Lindsay for her overall performance in all areas of the MW examination.

Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “It’s an honour to officially welcome the 2018 vintage to our membership. The awards ceremony is a special day in the IMW calendar, as Masters of Wine fly in from around the world to join the new Masters of Wine, their family and friends, to celebrate their outstanding achievement.”

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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