Brian Browning receives SommFoundation, David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship

09 Jul 19

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that a winner has been chosen for the annual SommFoundation, David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship. Brian Browning, a practical only student based in Las Vegas, has been awarded this $2,000 (USD) scholarship to help towards the costs of his studies.

The mission of the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation ("SommFoundation") is to assist wine and spirits professionals to achieve the highest level of proficiency and accreditation in the food and beverage industry. SommFoundation provides enrichment opportunities and scholarships to sommeliers, restaurant professionals, wine journalists, and winemakers to further their knowledge about the world of wine and spirits and elevate the level of competency in the understanding of the beverage profession. This David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship, sponsored by David and Diane Carpenter, was created to further the mission of SommFoundation. The Carpenters work to collaborate with a wide range of wine organizations in an effort to provide opportunities for all wine professionals wishing to develop their knowledge and skills.

Brian Browning is a Fine Wine Portfolio Consultant for Breakthru Beverage based in Las Vegas, where he teaches WSET classes for the Wine Academy of Las Vegas. Brian has over 20 years of experience as a wine professional, having worked extensively in winery operations as well as positions in logistics and supply chain management. On hearing he was the 2019 winner he said, "I will use this amazing scholarship opportunity to travel and increase my global knowledge of the wine industry, whilst continuing to grow and share throughout the international community."

The scholarship was open to North America practical only students, and was awarded based on need and merit.


For more information contact:
Kara Tonitto
Marketing and Communications Officer
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9139

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About the Institute of Masters of Wine 

The Institute of Masters of Wine is a membership organisation with an unsurpassed international reputation. The Masters of Wine (MWs) hold the most respected title in the world of wine. The IMW promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards. In addition to passing the examination, MWs are required to sign a 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 use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others. There are currently 382 Masters of Wine today, working in 29 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are over 350 students in the MW study programme from over 40 countries.

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