3 April 2018

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Living Wine - IMW 9th International Symposium, June 2018

Symposium (2).pngTickets are selling fast for the Living Wine 2018 Symposium. The Institute of Masters of Wine 9th International Symposium is open to anyone who wishes to buy a ticket. Held every four years, over four days, this is an unparalleled opportunity to network, taste and learn from a rich variety of international speakers, including rubbing shoulders with over 100 Masters of Wine. Day one highlights include the Masters of Winemaking walkaround tasting - an extraordinary rare showcase of wines made by Masters of Wine from around the globe. To discover more highlights and buy your tickets, see here.



Jean-Claude Berrouet wins 2018 Winemakers' Winemaker Award

Winemakers' Winemaker.pngJean-Claude Berrouet, the former winemaker at Château Petrus, was named the 2018 recipient of the Winemakers’ Winemaker award at a ceremony during ProWein in March, where more than 100 distinguished members of the wine trade gathered to celebrate his achievement. The honour, which has been given annually since 2011 by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. The winner is chosen each year by MW winemakers and previous winners of the award. Berrouet made his name working at Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, where he was the head winemaker at estates such as Trotanoy, Petrus and also Dominus in California. Berrouet said: “To be recognised by the Institute of Masters of Wine and MWs known across the world for their expertise is a wonderful tribute. I take great satisfaction from my philosophy of producing classic, traditional wines which have played a major part in the story of the wine regions themselves. Without my wines I am nothing, which is why I am so grateful they too are being recognised.” To read the full press release see here


Study programme
 Introductions to the MW study programme

Info sessions.pngEvery year the IMW holds introductory weekends and hour-long information sessions in different parts of the world to raise awareness of the MW study programme and to provide information to prospective students. The IMW would be grateful if information about the weekends could be shared with anyone who may be interested in attending. The introductory weekends offer a two-day induction to the study programme, with MW-led tastings and theory sessions. Information sessions provide an overview of the study programme in an hour-long presentation, with the opportunity to ask any questions. All information can be found on the website here, or by clicking the links of individual sessions listed below

Introductory weekends

Information sessions


AXA Millésimes awards a scholarship to five Master of Wine students

AXA.pngInstitute Principal Supporter AXA Millésimes announced five international winners of their scholarship for MW students. The chosen scholars in 2018 are Jacqueline Cole-Blisson (Canada), Daphne Feng (USA), Julian Kirk (UK), Regine Lee (UK) and Yoko Obara (Japan). The scholarship, now in its tenth year, gives the winners a unique insight into the portfolio of AXA Millésimes properties in Bordeaux, and beyond. During their visit to the Medoc, the 2018 scholars will stay at the emblematic turreted Chateau of Pichon Baron in Pauillac (pictured). They will also visit neighbouring Pibran, as well as rising Pomerol star Petit-Village and leading 1er cru Chateau Suduiraut in Sauternes. During their three day stay they will spend time with the winemakers, tour the vineyards and develop their blending skills in the cellars. There is then an all-expenses paid trip to the legendary Port vineyard of Quinta do Noval in the Douro – with an optional extra of continuing on to visit the historic vineyard of Disznoko in Tokaj.
To read the full press release see here


Lallemand awards 2018 Masters of Wine student bursary

Lallemand (2).pngInstitute Supporter Lallemand has announced Master of Wine student Tufi Meyer as the winner of the 2018 Lallemand bursary. The bursary, established in 2010, was open to students in the Institute’s Master of Wine study programme. Entrants were asked to write a 1,000-word essay on the following topic set by Lallemand: Discuss different strategies for producing wine with low or no SO2. Is there global demand from consumers for such wines? Due to the exceptional level of writing, Lallemand also awarded a second prize to Tao Platon, an MW student based in Spain. For the first prize Tufi, who is based in Brazil, receives a ticket, flights and accommodation to attend the Institute’s 9th International Symposium Living Wine in Logroño, Spain this June. For the runner up prize, Tao Platon receives a ticket to the Living Wine Symposium.
To read the full press release see here


Annual Bordeaux tasting (2013 vintage), 8 April 2018, Sydney

Bordeaux - USA%2FAustralia (2).pngThe annual Bordeaux tasting in Sydney will be held at deVine Food and Wine Restaurant on Sunday 8 April 2018. This event mirrors the long-established tasting in London, and will showcase wines from the 2013 Vintage from the Grands Crus Classés of the Medoc, and their equivalents from the Right Bank and Graves (including Sauternes).The walkaround tasting allows the opportunity to taste a comprehensive range of Crus Classés from the most prestigious appellations of Bordeaux. This event has limited numbers of participants to assure that the wines are tasted in optimal conditions. An educational rather than a promotional event, representatives from the chateaux will not be in attendance and tasters are encouraged to taste at their leisure. The tasting takes place from 1630 to 1900, tickets are $105 for MWs and MW students, and $135 for all other guests. For further information and to book your place see here


Jura - 'half blind' tasting and seminar, 23 April 2018, New York City

Jura Tasting - newsletter.pngThe Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce the inaugural 'half-blind' tasting in New York City. The idea is to taste a focused group of wines from a given region with limited information announced beforehand. A series of MW-style questions will be distributed with the wines - any MW students are encouraged to write their answers as they would for an exam. However, this event is not limited to Masters of Wine or MW students: it is open to anyone who would like to taste through the wines, and completion of the questions is not mandatory. Six wines will be tasted in an hour, and a panel of three Masters of Wine will conduct a one-hour debrief of the wines following the tasting. The event is limited to 20 tasters and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For this inaugural event we have chosen wines of the Jura. We hope that you will join us to taste interesting bottles from Ganevat, Overnoy, Puffeney, Macle, and more. The event takes place at The Yard, 106 W 32nd Street, NYC from 1800 to 2000. Tickets are $50. For more information and to buy tickets see here


MW get together, 3 May 2018, London

Get together.pngWe are taking advantage of so many Members being in London for judging duties, and have planned an MW get-together for you all on Thursday 3 May. There will be Bollinger and finger food, and we’d also love you to bring a bottle of something interesting to share with your fellow MWs. Not that you need one, but as an added incentive we will also be unveiling and distributing the long-awaited MW pin, which are being cast and manufactured at the moment. For those of you unable to come in May, the pins will be delivered to you soon afterwards. If you plan to attend please email Belinda Eaton: beaton@mastersofwine.org


Tim Atkin MW - 2018 Chile special report

Based on three weeks' on-the-spot research, which took Tim Atkin MW from Osorno in the south of this long and uniquely thin country to the Elqui Valley in the north, via Malleco, Itata, Curicó, Maule, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Maipo, Leyda, Zapallar and Limarí, the 2018 Chile special report is an in-depth guide to one of the most exciting and fastest improving wine scenes in the world.
Find out more and download here

Jeremy Cukierman MW - new role with All Nippon Airways

Jeremy Cukierman MW has joined the leading Japanese airline company All Nippon Airways as their new Wine Advisor. Jeremy is part of the wine selection committee and will also write the wine notes for the menus in the Business and First Class. 


Sally Easton MW - Vines and Vinification

Sally Easton MW has released a new book, Vines and Vinification. The book was originally conceived as the study guide for the production of wine unit of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. It is now published as an accompaniment to new 2018 study materials and remains as recommended reading for the 'production of wine unit.
You can purchase the book via WSET here


Rob Geddes MW - Cheers for Chinese Lantern Festival

How do you pick wine to match with such a variety of flavors and people? Watch Rob Geddes MW give a masterclass, featured in Shanghai Eye for the Chinese Lantern Festival. Watch the video here


Sonal Holland MW - Wine Personality of the Year

Congratulations to Sonal Holland MW who was recently awarded as the 'Wine Personality of the Year' by the Food Bloggers Association of India. Sonal received the award at an illustrious evening well attended by members of the blogging fraternity and eminent members of the Food and Beverage Industry in India. Sonal was also recently named among the Top 25 most powerful women in Indian luxury by Blackbook - India's leading luxury insider.


Q&A with Konstantinos Lazarakis MW 

In a recent interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, discusses all things Greek, including the need to rediscover and preserve old indigenous varieties that have been forgotten in recent decades. Read the full article here


Michael Palij MW launches Smeaton's Bristol Method Dry Gin

Michael Palij MW has launched an exciting new product - Smeaton’s Bristol Method Dry Gin. Smeaton’s faithfully recreates a recipe dating from 1870 that he discovered whilst doing research in the Bristol Archives. It’s made exclusively from fresh botanicals, individually distilled, in season and the base spirit is made from 100% French winter wheat. To find out more and purchase, see here


Barbara Philip MW wins 2018 Spirited Industry Award

Congratulations to Barbara Philip MW, who has received the the 2018 Spirited Industry Professional Award. The honour is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia.


Spain based Masters of Wine

In March, XL Semanal - a weekly magazine in Spain - featured all four Spain based MWs - David Forer MW, Andreas Kubach MW, Fernando Mora MW and Norrel Robertson MW. Read the full article here

Member opportunities

Would you like to join the IMW Endowment Company?

Endowment.pngWe are sure you remember the wonderfully successful fundraising auction held last November to raise funds for the Institute of Masters of Wine Endowment Company. Since then, the IMW executive team and the Endowment Company Trustees have been working behind the scenes to collate the money, and find the most tax-efficient way to process the fabulous sums raised. The Trustees are also putting in place appropriate governance structures to underpin the Fund for the future and are now recruiting for some roles connected to the Endowment Company. If you are interested in finding out more about the roles and how to apply, please log in to the Members area of the website here


MW trip, Austria 2018 - spaces still available!

Austrain Wine.pngIn September 2018, Institute Principal Supporter, Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), is happy to welcome 25 Masters of Wine for an exclusive wine trip to selected wine regions of Austria from 13 to 16 September 2018. The trip will take place directly after the IMW's AGM in London, so it is a great opportunity for overseas travellers to combine those two events. The theme of the programme is “Along the Danube” and therefore the wine-growing regions visited will be: Wien, Wagram, Kamptal, Kremstal, Wachau and Carnuntum. All domestic travel (mostly by coach) and hotels (single rooms) in Austria during the official programme will be covered by AWMB. Guests will need to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Austria. There will be a non-refundable fee of £325, which will include an admin fee and contribution to the costs of the stay. Further details and a draft itinenary can be found here. If you would like to take up one of the final spaces, please email Chloe Thompson.


Tuscany trip, April 2018 – one space available!

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Four Italian Consortia of wine and food are arranging a trip to Italy to promote the territory and the denomination of their wine, oil, ham and cheese. The organisers are inviting UK-based Masters of Wine who are journalists/bloggers/influencers, on a trip in April, with the understanding that some articles will appear in print/blogs afterwards. The trip will be hosted in Tuscany by the Four Consortium and it will take place from 9 -12 April 2018. All the costs for travel, accommodation and meals during the trip will be covered. 
There is currently one space left for a UK-based MW. If you are interested and would like more details, please contact Marcella Vantini ASAP at m.vantini@iem.it (linked to IGM, one of the Major Supporters of the Institute). 


MW trip to Peru and Bolivia

Bolivia.pngThe MW to Peru and Bolivia – organised by Cees van Casteren MW for 11 fortunate Members - is just coming to an end, and we’re hearing it was quite remarkable. There will be a full report next month, but this is from one of the lucky attendees, Micheal Palij MW: ‘It was AMAZING. The best in 20 years. The producers were overwhelming delighted to see us and Cees had organised three comparative tastings for our edification above and beyond the usual producer visits. These were superb and must have taken him weeks to organise. I know that Virginie from Wines of Bolivia spent three DAYS at the Argentina/Bolivia border trying to get the samples through. Astonishing.'
A full report will be available in May's newsletter


Champagne Bollinger releases R.D. 2004

Bollinger (2).pngThe global launch of Bollinger R.D. 2004 took place in March at Bonhams auction house in Mayfair, London. Gilles Descôtes, Champagne Bollinger Chef de Cave, presented a unique masterclass for 50 guests exploring different expressions of Bollinger R.D. alongside the R.D. 2004. After the atypical 2003 vintage with particularly low yields, the 2004 vintage is described as generous and intense. Following below-average annual temperatures and lower than average rainfall (excepting the end of August), the month of September fostered slow and progressive maturation of the grapes in an ideal climate, allowing the development of an intense aromatic expression in the fruit. The harvest took place during a bright Indian summer, a sign of a quality crop and an exceptional vintage. Gilles Descôtes, Chef de Cave said, “Bollinger R.D. 2004 has been aged for more than 13 years in the heart of the House’s cellars in Aÿ. Disgorged just a few months ago, it finally reveals all the brilliance of the 2004 vintage. This is a generous wine with intense aromas and an incomparable freshness for such age.”


Eduardo Chadwick Named the Decanter Man of the Year 2018

Chadwick.pngEduardo Chadwick has been awarded the Decanter Man of the Year for devoting his life to the service of fine wine and recognised excellence in the wine world. Eduardo Chadwick, President of Viña Errázuriz - a Supporter of the Institute, commented: “More than for us, this award is for Chile. It is recognition that Chile has entered the realms of fine wine. Previous recipients – Robert Mondavi and Miguel Torres – have helped prove that their countries are part of this world-class family of wine terroirs. That’s what I have been trying to do.” The Decanter Man of the Year awards have been running for over 30 years and recognises both excellence and an outstanding contribution to wine. 
For the full interview by Peter Richards MW, see here


Discover the high-altitude wines from Südtirol / Alto Adige


Suditrol.pngInstitute Supporter Südtirol/Alto Adige Wines and Nancy Gilchrist MW are leading a seminar on the high altitude wines of Alto Adige on Thursday 12 April 2018 at 67 Pall Mall, London. In a warming global climate viticultural areas blessed with a range of altitude can claim a distinct advantage over many of their competitors; for every 100 m you ascend there is a 0.5 C drop in temperature. Included in the many benefits can be a lower incidence of vine disease, higher levels of fruit-flavour intensity and natural acidity, and fine, integrated tannins; all of which give the wines remarkable concentration, balance and poise. This seminar will focus on the quality and finesse derived from vineyards planted above 500 m and up to 1000 m (1640‘ to 3280’). Further information can be found herePlease RSVP by Monday 9 April 2018 to Nancy Gilchrist MW at nancy.gilchrist@gmail.com indicating whether you would like to attend the morning seminar 1100–1300 or afternoon self-pour 1330–1530, or BOTH morning and afternoon sessions. 


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