Champagne Bollinger welcomes Lindsay Pomeroy MW, Madame Bollinger Medal winner 2018

21 Oct 19

On Thursday 3 October 2019, Champagne Bollinger was delighted to welcome the 2018 Institute of Masters of Wine Madame Bollinger Medal winner, Lindsay Pomeroy MW, to the House in Aÿ in Champagne. The visit was hosted by Etienne Bizot, President of the Bollinger Family Group (SJB) and Chairman of the Madame Bollinger Foundation, and Andrew Hawes, Managing Director of Mentzendorff and Secretary of the Foundation.

Not open to visits from the general public, the trip to visit the House of Bollinger has historically been an important part of the Medal winner’s prize. They and their family are invited behind the scenes of the great Champagne House to discover the vineyards, history and production methods behind the iconic Bollinger cuvées. Following the visit, a lunch was hosted to honour Lindsay’s achievements accompanied by a tasting of several cuvées including the R.D. 1976 and the official presentation by Etienne Bizot of the Madame Bollinger Medal.

Lindsay grew up in the New Hampshire and made her first steps into the world of wine in Italy, teaching English to Italians. Her true passion for wine started in San Diego, California where she currently resides. Here she has fostered a community of knowledge-thirsty wine drinkers 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).

Lindsay Pomeroy MW said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive the prestigious Madame Bollinger Medal, and to join a list of some of the most renowned names in the world of wine. To be awarded the Medal at the home of Lily Bollinger in Champagne is even more special and I would like to thank Champagne Bollinger and the Institute of Masters of Wine for making this possible”.

Etienne Bizot said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Lindsay and her family in Champagne, and it is always an honour to meet the most talented tasters in the world of wine. The Madame Bollinger Medal remains a highly prized award and I am very happy that the memory of Madame Bollinger can live on in this way.”

The association between the Madame Bollinger Foundation and the Institute of Masters of Wine dates back over 30 years. Created by Etienne’s father, Christian Bizot, to commemorate the memory of his aunt, Lily Bollinger, The Madame Bollinger Foundation was the original supporter of the IMW in 1987, with the first Madame Bollinger Medal awarded in 1988. The highly prized Medal is presented each year and is awarded for outstanding achievement in the Masters of Wine practical examinations to the candidate with the highest practical exam mark. In May 2018, the 30th Anniversary of the Madame Bollinger Medal was celebrated in London, with the 29 previous award winners invited to a lunch and presented with a commemorative medal. Today, the Madame Bollinger Foundation remains one of only five Principal Supporters of the IMW.


Notes to Editors

About Champagne Bollinger:

Established in 1829, Champagne Bollinger is one of the few remaining family-owned Champagne Houses. Located in Aÿ, the heart of the Montagne de Reims, it sits amidst 170 hectares of the finest Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, which are owned by the house, and has held a Royal Warrant continuously since first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1884. For more information, visit

For further information, please contact:
Anna Woodbridge, Communications Manager, Mentzendorff
T: +44 (0)20 7840 3600

About the Institute of Masters of Wine:
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an unsurpassed international reputation. Its members – 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 the 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 390 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There were 359 students in the 2018-2019 MW study programme from over 45 countries.

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

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