Newsletter 1 August 2019

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  The IMW & the MW study programme

Council Elections - do you want to stand?

CouncilDo you want to sit on the IMW’s governing body? Or perhaps you know someone you would like to nominate? Now is your opportunity. Four vacancies will arise on Council this year and we are looking for a diverse group of MWs with ideas and energy to contribute to the continuing success of your IMW. The posts are open to all members from all geographies. There are usually three face-to-face meetings each year and travel and accommodation expenses are paid.

If you are interested in standing please click below and complete the online nomination form, including a 250-word personal statement, by no later than Wednesday 14 August 2019. You also need two fellow members to act as a proposer/seconder – please send them the online form to complete, again by Wednesday 14 August 2019. 



Would you also like to sit on the Education and Examination Board?

Generic 02As part of its charter to encourage a diversity of voices, the IMW’s Education and Examination Board (EEB) welcomes any MW to apply for one of three one-year open slots for co-opted EEB members (2019-20 academic year). Any member is welcome to apply, especially those currently involved in the study programme, either with the education or examination processes. The term for co-opted members on EEB runs concurrently with our academic year (September to August). The committee meets four times a year, twice in person in London (November and June). Travel and accommodation, in line with the IMW’s travel policy, is covered by the IMW for these meetings.

Full details on the role and remit of EEB are available in the MW area of the website. To read it please go to Institute Governance > Committees > Education and Exam Board. This page also covers how to apply for a position on EEB - you will need to include a brief statement on how your experience will bring benefit and diversity to EEB and why you wish to be considered for a co-opted role. There are only a few days left register your interest, please do so by 5 August 2019.



Stage 1 assessment results and applications

Computer with booksStudents who sat the stage 1 assessment (S1A) this June received their results on Monday 29 July 2019. Over 100 students sat the S1A, with 55 percent progressing to stage 2. The remaining students will either repeat stage 1 or will leave the programme, having not reached the required standard to either repeat stage 1 or progress to stage 2. Research paper results – and therefore new MWs – will be announced on Friday 30 August 2019. Students will be informed of their stage 2 results from the closed book parts of the exam (theory and practical) on Monday 2 September 2019.

Applications to join the 2019-20 study programme closed in June. The level of interest in the programme continues to grow with an increase of seven percent in applications compared to last year. Applicants had the whole of June to complete the entrance examinations, which are currently being marked. Once marked, each application will be considered by a team of MW ‘readers’ who will put forward recommendations to the Admissions Committee, who will decide which applicants to admit to the programme. Applicants will be informed at the start of September whether they have been accepted onto the programme.


21 Club lunch

21 Club

Date: 7 October 2019
Time: 1230
Location: London

On behalf of John Casson MW, the IMW invites eligible members to attend the annual 21 Club lunch on Monday 7 October 2019. The club celebrates those members who have been a Master of Wine for 21 years or more. This year, the 1998 vintage will be joining the club. The three-course meal will include a Champagne apéritif provided by the Madame Bollinger Foundation. You are also encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share with your fellow MWs. Please RSVP to Belinda Eaton, by 23 September 2019, along with any dietary requirements.


2019 AGMs and MW get together

MW get together Date: 10 September 2019
Time: 1400-1615 and 1700-2100 
Location: London

The Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Institute of Masters of Wine North America and Masters of Wine Endowment Company will take place at Vintners' Hall on Tuesday 10 September 2019. Further details on the AGMs and all the necessary papers will be sent to MWs over the summer.

This year, following the AGMs, we have organised a get together for all MWs. At the close of the meetings at Vintners' Hall transport will be provided to take you to a private bar and terrace in Finsbury Square, provided kindly by our supporters, Silicon Valley Bank. There will be Bollinger and canapés, and we’d also love you to bring a bottle or two of something interesting to share with your fellow MWs.



Annual Claret tasting (2015 vintage)

Claret tastingDate: 5 November 2019
Time: 0930-1400
Location: London

Save the date for the IMW's most anticipated tasting of the year! The 2019 event will be showcasing the 2015 vintage of the Grands Crus Classés from the Médoc, Pessac Léognan, St Emilion and the top Pomerol estates, including most of the First Growths and their Right Bank equivalents. The annual walk-around tasting is a rare opportunity to review one vintage of Bordeaux two years after bottling and compare wines of the highest quality across all Bordeaux’s top appellations. The tasting will take place at Vintner’s Hall in London, and there will be three sessions to choose from; morning tasting, afternoon tasting and the blind tasting. Tickets will be available soon.

For members, the Claret tasting will be followed by the annual awards ceremony. Details of how to confirm your place will be available in early September, following the announcement of the new Masters of Wine.

Save the date for two more London events - a VDP tasting in October 2019 and a Champagne masterclass on 5 December 2019. 


Roussillon trip film

Roussillon 01The recent MW trip to Roussillon welcomed filmmaker Julien Miquel (courtesy of the CIVR - Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon) for the four-day tour of Maury, the Aspres and Collioure-Banyuls. Julien has put together a fantastic video that features footage of wineries, tastings and sweeping landscapes, as well as interviews with MWs discussing the quality of wine production, characteristics of the region, terroir and more.



Trentodoc MW trip | 2-6 October 2019

TrentodocIMW Supporter Trentodoc will be hosting a trip this October for up to 20 Masters of Wine. Set amongst the scenic landscape of the Dolomites, this four-day trip aims to improve the knowledge of Trentodoc, its labels, its producer and the realities of working in Trentino. Members will enjoy a full itinerary of visits, tastings and meals, with highlights including a walk-around tasting of 120 Trentodoc samples and a private visit and dinner with select producers at the Muse. Members will need to make their own travel arrangements to/from Verona airport however all expenses on the ground (meals, travel and accommodation) will be covered by the hosts during your stay.


There are just three places left for the Chile trip in November - find out more and apply!

Member news and offers

Jeannie Cho Lee MW's world book tour


To celebrate the release of her third book - The 100 Burgundy: Exceptional wines from your cellar - Jeannie Cho Lee MW is embarking on a book tour with events around the world. The global book tour begins in Los Angeles this week, with seats for the Burgundy evening completely sold out for the inaugural event. For wine enthusiasts discovering Burgundy — and those already smitten with the region’s seductive wines — Jeannie's book is a unique guide to the region’s best wines and makers, detailing the domaines and highlighting wines with tasting notes and recommended vintages. Considering factors such as a wine’s quality, its ability to evolve and improve over time, and its ability to evoke emotion, Jeannie invites readers to explore 100 memorable Burgundy wines of the Côte d’Or, from benchmark domaines to rising stars.



Rosemary George MW - The wines of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois

Wines of ChablisRosemary George MW's latest book (her thirteenth!) and third on Chablis has been published. In The wines of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois Rosemary explores the intricacies of the wines of this region. Interviews with producers form the backbone of the book, and Rosemary writes about many of the grandchildren of wine growers who featured in her very first book. The insights each producer offers regarding their approach to growing, creating and selling their wines make it an eye-opening picture of Chablis and the neighbouring Grand Auxerrois region at the end of the century’s second decade. Rosemary said if pushed, she would have to admit that Chablis is her favourite wine, “I have been visiting Chablis and drinking Chablis regularly for 40 years and have never tired of the wine. It defies description.”



Kym Milne MW and Dylan Lee - Red Winemakers of the Year

Kym Milne

Congratulations to Bird in Hand winemakers Kym Milne MW and Dylan Lee who have won the coveted trophy for the Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in July. This comes just months after Bird in Hand’s 2017 Syrah received four trophies and was awarded the best Australian Red at the IWC in May. In addition to the best Australian Red trophy, the 2017 Syrah won another three trophies including Adelaide Hills Shiraz, South Australian Red and South Australian Shiraz. The Bird in Hand 2017 Shiraz was awarded the Mt Lofty Shiraz trophy and gold medals were also bestowed upon the 2017 Bird in Hand Shiraz 95pts, 2014 Nest Egg Shiraz 95pts and 2015 Nest Egg Cabernet Sauvignon 95pts.

In addition to Kym's success, other MWs and IMW supporters were honoured at the IWC awards, including:

Chenin Blanc in a Changing Environment

Chenin Blanc International CongressThe inaugural Chenin Blanc International Congress - 'Chenin Blanc in a Changing Environment' - was organised by the Academie du Chenin, together with the wine federations of the Loire Valley, and the Chenin Blanc Association and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. It took place in Angers, Loire during the first week of July and was enjoyed by five Masters of Wine (pictured l-r), Cathy van Zyl MW - South Africa, Rebecca Gibb MW - UK, Toni Paterson MW - Australia, Beverley Blanning MW - UK and Barbara Philip MW - Canada.


The Wines of Great Britain - Stephen Skelton MW

Wines of Great BritainStephen Skelton MW has published his latest book on his specialist subject. The Wines of Great Britain is a comprehensive survey of the history of UK wines, as well as of the current state of the wine industry and its future prospects. Stephen considers the history of winemaking in the UK from King Alfred in the fifth century, through the medieval period to recent developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Wines of Great Britain is a tour of contemporary viticulture and winemaking, examining trends in plantings and vineyard layout, varieties, rootstocks and clones, vineyard sizes, modern wineries and styles of wine. Stephen considers regional identities as well as the branding of UK sparkling wines and their market position. A substantial part of this important book is the 21 detailed biographies of the most important, exciting and innovative producers and the wines they create. 



Nicolas Quillé MW named as Crimson Wine Group interim CEO


Napa-based Crimson Wine Group Ltd, maker of the Pine Ridge and Seghesio brands, has promoted Nicolas Quillé MW to interim president and CEO following the resignation of Patrick DeLong. Nicolas came to Crimson in May 2018 and will continue as chief winemaking and operations officer. Previously, he was general manager and head winemaker of Banfi Vintners’ boutique portfolio of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. He spent the last 26 years in a variety of wine growing positions in both France and the U.S. In addition to his role with Banfi, his U.S. experience includes wine growing and management positions with Pacific Rim and Bonny Doon.



Wine Masters - Sarah Heller MW and Richard Hemming MW

Wine Masters

Sarah Heller MW and Richard Hemming MW are featured in the second season of Wine Masters: Italy, a documentary series exploring terroir, taste and tradition. This season tells the wine stories of Italian families in Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto, Campania and Sicily. The production visited all the Italian wine areas three times; during winter, summer and harvest time. Important storylines are about Etna, Pompei, the renaissance of Italian wine, appassimento hype and the competition between Barbaresco and Barolo. But there is also a critical note about mass production, where popular Italian wines were, and still are, victims of their own success. Wine Masters: Italy has been released worldwide on, Vimeo on Demand, Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.


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Supporter news

Tio Pepe awarded the Champion of Champions at the IWC

Gonzalez ByassThe Tio Pepe Cuatro Palmas has been awarded the Champion of Champions trophy at the 2019 International Wine Challenge. The award reinforces the outstanding success of this premium sherry, selected in 2018 by award winning master blender Antonio Flores in collaboration with Master of Wine, Natasha Hughes MW. Described by the IWC judges as, "A stunning sherry with vivid citrus, hazelnut, almond and old furniture notes coupled with a keen acidity and amazing layers of complexity. Poise and intensity on the finish, seamlessly elegant. The taste of time." Congratulations to Antonio, Natasha and all the team in Jerez!



Trentodoc sets the Italian record at the 2019 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship


For the second year in a row Trentodoc wines take home the most gold medals in the Italian sparkling wine category at the annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC). For the first time since the contest’s beginning in 2014, Italy, led by Trentodoc with 27 Gold medals, has won the most medals of any other country, proving its consistent improvement in quality and importance on the global wine stage. In 2019, Trentodoc once again claimed the spot as Italy’s top sparkling wine denomination with a total of 27 Gold and 19 Silver medals, up from 22 Gold medals in 2018.



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