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Hatch Mansfield becomes a Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

Hatch Mansfield becomes a Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Hatch Mansfield – UK specialist agents in premium wines made by independent, family-owned companies – has joined the IMW’s international supporter community.

Established in 1994 with Louis Jadot, Errazuriz and Villa Maria and headed up by Patrick McGrath MW, Hatch Mansfield remains fiercely independent and today represents 16 international wine companies.

They manage the UK distribution, sales and marketing for all the brands they represent: Robert Oatley (Australia); Caliterra, Errazuriz (Chile); Champagne Taittinger, Jean-Luc Colombo, Joseph Mellot, Louis Jadot, Terroirs et Talents (France); Gaja (Italy); Esk Valley, Left Field, Vidal, Villa Maria (New Zealand); Kleine Zalze (South Africa); CVNE (Spain); and Domaine Carneros (USA).

Patrick McGrath MWManaging Director Patrick McGrath MW (pictured) said, “Hatch Mansfield has always been a long term champion of the IMW through Errazuriz, Louis Jadot and Villa Maria and a number of our brands supported the Masters of Wine Endowment Auction in 2017, which raised over £1m. I was so proud to be part of that amazing achievement. We also have three Masters of Wine in our team, which is an impressive ratio for a business of our size. All of this made it a natural decision in 2019 to formalise our commitment to the IMW and we are delighted to become a Supporter.”

The IMW now has 27 Supporters from around the world, who work jointly with the IMW to promote its mission of excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.

Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “The IMW has had a long-standing relationship with Hatch Mansfield through the Villa Maria Group and previous Supporters Viña Errazuriz and Louis Jadot. It’s fantastic to now have Hatch Mansfield as an official Supporter. They have contributed to the mission of the IMW supporting the MW study programme for many years, and Patrick has made a significant personal contribution to the IMW, from being a former Chairman to the extraordinary Master of Wine Endowment Auction. We look forward to further developing our link with Hatch and the brands they represent.”

ENDS

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

Six new Masters of Wine

Six new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce six new Masters of Wine, from six different countries. The new Masters of Wine are Edouard Baijot MW (France), Nicholas Jackson MW (USA), Brendan Jansen MW (Australia), Jonas Röjerman MW (Sweden), Harriet Tindal MW (Ireland) and Jonas Tofterup MW (Spain). There are now 384 MWs in the world, based in 30 countries.

The new members of the IMW have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards.

The MW examination consists of three stages and culminates in the submission of a final research paper, an in-depth study on a wine-related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences.

In addition to passing the examination, all MWs are required to sign the MW code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity and to use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.

The new MWs will be formally welcomed to the IMW at a ceremony in London later this year.

MEET THE NEW MASTERS OF WINE

Edouard Baijot MW (France)

Edouard Baijot.pngEdouard was born in Reims and grew up in a small village near Vertus, in the Côte des Blancs, where he discovered the beauty of Champagne from an early age. After completing an MSc in Management from IÉSEG School of Management, Edouard entered the wine industry in 2002 when he joined the E & J Gallo Winery in France. He started as a sales representative for Brittany where he relished the challenge of selling Californian wines to the French. Sixteen years later and after several different promotions within the company, he now heads up its Fine Wine business for Europe. Edouard completed his WSET Diploma in 2010, became a WSET Certified Educator in 2014 and started the MW study programme in 2012. Edouard is married with four children and when he is not travelling in the vineyards or judging in international wine competitions, he shares his time between his family and his love for historical and political literature, and French culture.

Research paper

Why and how Champagne producers should react to the development of English sparkling wine sales in the UK off-trade market.

Nicholas Jackson MW (USA)

Nicholas Jackson.pngNick is an independent fine wine advisor based in New York. Through his company, Vintage Variation LLC, he advises private clients, retailers and other wine businesses on all aspects of fine wine. Nick’s wine career began at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the successful Cambridge University blind wine tasting team in the 2011 varsity match against Oxford. His first wine job was at Cambridge Wine Merchants. After graduating with a PhD in Theology, he started work as an auction specialist at Sotheby’s in London, before moving to New York in 2012. There, he quickly became the buyer for Sotheby’s wine retail store. He left Sotheby’s at the end of 2018 to start his own business.

Research paper

Depictions of grapes, vines and wine in the work of four seventeenth-century English poets.

Brendan Jansen MW (Australia)

Brenden Jansen.pngBrendan is a specialist medical practitioner, and the development of his expertise in wine began with his involvement in tasting groups with colleagues. His love affair with wine was cemented when he lived in Italy for two years, during which time he developed an affinity for, and in-depth knowledge of, Italian wines. Brendan is involved in industry tasting panels, writing, wine consultancy and judging, but his passion is for wine education and appreciation, and this has inspired his MW journey. He runs courses in Western Australia ranging from introductory to specialised, and his dream is to establish a boutique wine school in his hometown of Perth.

Research paper

How do winemakers in Australia make choices between traditional and innovative methods of oaking their wines? A qualitative study of cooperage decisions.

Jonas Röjerman MW (Sweden)

Jonas Röjerman.pngJonas lives in Stockholm with his wife and children. He is the head of quality control at the Swedish wine, beer and spirits company Systembolaget. His recent focus has been on developing their quality control for procurement, ensuring selection quality before distribution to over 400 outlets. He joined Systembolaget in 2007 as category manager for the Fine Wine division after previously being the head sommelier at the five-star Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. The food and wine industry was a given for Jonas, after encountering some of the classic left bank Premier Crus at the Grythyttan university restaurant in the early 90s. In 1992, he received a scholarship for best in class, which included a stage in Bordeaux, where his remontage and grape picking skills – ankle deep in mud – were perfected. In 2001, the WSET Diploma led to lecturing at various wine and sommelier schools in Sweden, and to co-authoring wine literature and writing for wine magazines. A successful sommelier career has earned him several Swedish and Scandinavian titles, plus high rankings in international championships, which has given Jonas the opportunity to judge at various wine competitions around the world.

Research paper

Evaluating the effect of training staff in wine knowledge at Systembolaget with regards to customer satisfaction ratings.

Harriet Tindal MW (Ireland)

Harriet Tindal.pngHarriet is part of the family founded Irish company Tindal Wine Merchants – Fine Wine Importer of the year in 2017 and 2018. She is a director of Searsons Wine Merchants (Irish Rhône wine retail outlet of the year 2018), a quietly understated wine shop in Dublin and more recently Tankersley Wine Brokers, where she buys and sells fine wines globally. Harriet educates through her WSET courses, blogs on all related Tindal websites and holds regular wine events. Her presentations, tastings and writings engage consumers through their informal, lively and informative style. At home, a family of four boys, long-suffering husband, horses, dogs, hens and rural life by the sea in Wicklow complete the picture.

Research paper

Investigating the gender gap: A study into the career paths of the University of Adelaide’s oenology graduates between 1995 and 2015.

Jonas Tofterup MW (Spain)

Jonas Tofterup.pngJonas was born in Denmark and now resides in Spain. He holds an MSc in Viticulture and Oenology and has worked as a winemaker at a number of wineries, from the main wine regions in Northern Spain to Yecla, Stellenbosch, Baden, Rheingau and in Denmark. In 2015, Jonas moved to the commercial side of the wine world where he became the European export manager for Viña Valdivieso of Chile. Along with working for Valdivieso he co-owns Iberian Wine Academy – a wine school which offers WSET qualifications based in Andalucía.

Research paper

Travel shock! An investigation into the impact of air freight and road transport on an aged, full-bodied red wine.

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ENDS

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

MW student Joshua Grainer awarded Constellation Brands stage 2 scholarship

MW student Joshua Grainer awarded Constellation Brands stage 2 scholarship

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that MW student Joshua Grainer has been awarded a scholarship from Constellation Brands.

A Principal Supporter of the IMW, Constellation Brands offers two scholarships a year to North America based students in the MW study programme. Joshua, the winemaker and technical director for RdV Vineyards in Virginia, is a stage 2 student in the programme and will receive $2,000 to support his preparation for the MW examination later this year.

He will also spend a day visiting Constellation Brands in Napa with key personnel from winery production and marketing, and meet the Constellation Brands’ MWs – Nova Cadamatre MW, Mark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MW – who selected Joshua as the recipient of the scholarship.

Prior to working in the wine trade Joshua studied geography and environmental sciences, but decided to change his career path and embarked on apprenticeships that have taken him from the cellars of France to the vineyards of Australia. He was drawn to Virginia by the potential to pioneer quality wines in the emerging region. Joshua joined RdV in 2008 with the focus of crafting world-class Bordeaux blends.

All North America based stage 2 students in the MW study programme were given the opportunity to apply for the scholarship, by submitting an essay on the question: Great wine cannot be made on a large scale. To what extend is this true or false?

On receiving the scholarship Joshua said, “I’m elated to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Constellation Brands stage 2 scholarship. The organisation’s spirit of innovation and developing new frontiers is a philosophy close to my heart and I’m grateful for the recognition. The news is both encouraging and motivating and I greatly appreciate the generosity and support offered by Constellation Brands and their Masters of Wine.”

Peter Marks MW, vice president of wine education said, “Constellation Brands is committed to educating and developing the next generation of Masters of Wine – individuals who will go on to advocate and promote their understanding of all aspects of wine. We are excited to work with the IMW to offer this scholarship and congratulate Joshua on the excellent essay he submitted. We look forward to continuing our partnership and offering more scholarships over the coming years to support the MW study programme, a wonderful resource which aims to assist and advise students as they prepare themselves to take the MW examination.”

ENDS

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

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 378 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 MW study programme from over 45 countries.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S., and Funky Buddha Brewery. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Black Box, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, follow on Twitter @cbrands and visit www.cbrands.com