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Special George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship awarded to MW student Chris Martin

Special George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship awarded to MW student Chris Martin

A unique 2020 George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship has been awarded to Master of Wine student Chris Martin.

Mary Margaret McCamic MW established the George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship in 2018 in honour of her late father, a retired doctor and former US Naval officer. The scholarship was founded with the hope of inspiring top wine students to relate wine to something beyond the textbook.

This year, amid the COVID-19 crisis and the cancellation of the MW closed book exam and stage one assessment, Mary Margaret wanted to provide an additional scholarship opportunity that allowed students to find inspiration in wine.

She collaborated with the two estates she represents, Screaming Eagle and Domaine Bonneau du Martray, as well as sister properties JONATA and the Hilt Estate to provide a donation to the IMW, which will be distributed to the winner.

Students were asked to write a creative response to, what wine or wine experience made you want to become a Master of Wine, and why?

There were many outstanding and moving entries submitted this year, but Chris’s winning entry, A Show and Tell Fiasco was chosen unanimously by Mary Margaret and her family.

Chris, a stage one MW student, was born in Scotland and raised in both Yorkshire, UK and Alabama, US. He is currently based in London, where he works for WSET as the head of educator training and is a regular judge at international wine competitions.

Mary Margaret said, “I was personally moved by the number of submissions this year, each so creative and inspired in its own right. Ultimately, we selected a winning piece that captured so many elements of wine together in a unique, beautifully written short story. Chris’s submission was somehow able to transform a humble bottle of wine into a great storyteller, offering a sentimental window into to the trials of a young boy who felt out of place and time, yet who was ultimately grounded by this simple bottle of wine. His story captures nostalgia, angst, aspiration, sadness, and resilience effortlessly from the perspective of a child and into that of a wiser, older self. It is at once moving, tender, and inspiring.”

On learning that he had won the scholarship, Chris commented, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected as the winner. This scholarship opportunity, alongside the IMW, has challenged me to look at wine in new ways, allowing me to rediscover why I so enjoy studying the subject.”

Read Chris’s winning piece alongside several honourable mentions plus an honorary submission from Ashley Hausman MW here: www.georgetgamblinmemorial.com/winning-submissions

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 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 exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, 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 394 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 350 students from more than 40 countries in the 2019-2020 MW study programme.

About the George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship
The George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship was founded to foster higher learning in wine education. It is currently a family-funded scholarship, established by George’s daughter, Mary Margaret McCamic, who became a Master of Wine in 2016. Her love of learning and dedication to climbing the wine world’s version of Mount Everest was driven in large part by her father. To keep his memory alive, instil a passion for higher learning in the world of wine, and foster the same intellectual curiosity that her father passed onto her, Mary Margaret and her family created an annual scholarship awarded to a Master of Wine student. The first scholarship was awarded in the fall of 2018.
www.georgetgamblinmemorial.com

MW student Teresa Cedenilla wins first prize in the 2020 Lallemand bursary

MW student Teresa Cedenilla wins first prize in the 2020 Lallemand bursary

IMW supporter Lallemand Oenology has awarded Teresa Cedenilla and Florencia Gomez in their annual bursary for students in the MW study programme.

Lallemand, a leading producer of wine yeast, bacteria and their nutrients, first established the bursary in 2010.

To be considered for the 2020 bursary, stage one and two MW students were asked to write an essay on ‘what are the key parameters to consider for bulk wine during shipment and how can it affect the quality of the wine?’ Originally, the prize was for one overall winner, but due to the quality of the essays received, Lallemand awarded two prizes, first place to Teresa and second place to Florencia.

Ann Dumont, Lallemand Communication Manager, explains, “As the level of excellence was high in the essays, we are proud to award two prizes this year. Teresa showed great understanding and logical development, supported by examples and references that showed her ability to elaborate on the topic accurately to deserve the first prize. Florencia was also exceptional in her writing, and we felt that it also deserved recognition. We hope that it will encourage them for their studies as it showed that they both have excellent potential to become MWs. We thank all the students who participated, and we will continue to support them in the years to come.”

Stage two student Teresa was awarded £1500 to support her MW studies. She said, “I am grateful to receive the Lallemand bursary first prize, especially in this challenging time for all of us. This will be a great help as I work towards completing my MW studies.”

Teresa Cedenilla was born and raised in Spain and spent several years working there as an engineer before moving to London, after completing a wine internationalisation MBA in Madrid. While in the UK, she worked for Wine Intelligence as a project manager and then for Bulgheroni Family Vineyards as a brand and sales manager for Europe. In 2018, Teresa moved back to Spain. She joined Masaveu Family Wineries (Bodegas Fillaboa, Murua, Leda, Pagos de Araiz and Valveran), where she is currently working as the export area manager for Europe, USA and Canada.

The second prize of £500 was awarded to stage one student Florencia Gomez. Florencia is originally from Mendoza, Argentina and has a background in chemistry. She completed a winemaking degree in 2013, a few years after her first wine experience at Achaval-Ferrer. Florencia worked several harvests in Napa Valley, Mendoza, Burgundy, and Croatia, working for companies such as LVMH and Trinchero Family Estates. Florencia also worked for three years as an export sales manager for Grupo Peñaflor, where she was responsible for multiple European markets, focusing on the luxury segment and e-commerce channel. Now based in London Florencia works freelance, developing wine digital marketing strategies, and creating content for multiple projects around the world.

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 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 exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, 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 394 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 350 students from more than 40 countries in the 2019-2020 MW study programme.

IMW launches free webinar series

IMW launches free webinar series

The IMW has launched a free webinar series, the first of which took place on Wednesday 6 May 2020 where four wine-producing Masters of Wine, from four countries, shared the challenges they are currently facing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 500 registered attendees heard from webinar moderator Richard Bampfield MW and MW wine producers Amy Christine MW, Black Sheep Finds Winery, US, Richard Kershaw MW, Kershaw Wines, South Africa, Alastair Maling MW, Foley Wines, New Zealand and Norrel Robertson MW, El Escocés Volante, Spain.

Continuing to look at the implications COVID-19 has on the global wine industry, the second in the IMW webinar series will explore the disruption in the supply chain – from producer to consumer.

Over two separate sessions, the webinar will examine what wine distribution might look like in a post-COVID-19 world, how wineries will need to engage with their customers and the best ways of selling to them.

Both the sessions will be moderated by Cassidy Dart MW – originally from South Africa and now based in China – with a panel of special guests. The first session (Monday 11 May 2020) will be a deep dive into the direct to consumer platform with Carol Reber, SVP Chief Marketing Officer, Duckhorn, US, Peter Hazlehurst, Head of Uber Money, US, Prof Steve Charters MW, Burgundy School Business, France and Ross Sleet, Managing Director, Rascallian Wines, South Africa.

The second session (Monday 18 May 2020) will focus more broadly on the way wineries interact with consumers.

You can register for the Monday 11 May session here.

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 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 exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, 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 394 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are 350 students from more than 40 countries in the 2019-2020 MW study programme.