1 August 2018

New titles (4).pngAGMs and Council elections

Annual General MeetingsAt this year’s IMW Annual General Meeting, to be held on Wednesday 12 September 2018, there will be an election for four members of the IMW’s Council. The post is open to ALL Members, and is a great opportunity to contribute to your Institute. There is no bar to geographically distant MWs, as two of the five annual Council meetings are held on the phone, and travel expenses are paid for meetings which take place in London or elsewhere. A more detailed description of the Council’s role is behind the Member login here.

If you are interested in standing for election, please complete the online form below, including uploading a short personal statement. Please fill it in no later than Thursday 16 August 2018. You will need a proposer and seconder to support your nomination. There is an online form for this too. 

There will be three AGMs this year, all taking place on the afternoon of 12 September at Vintners’ Hall in London. They will be for the IMW, the IMW-North America and the Masters of Wine Endowment Company. As well as the aforementioned Council election, you will also be invited to vote for the Honorary Officers of the IMW; the Directors of the IMW-NA, and the Directors of the MWEC. All papers will be sent out on Friday 17 August 2018.

There will be a Masters of Winemaking tasting on the morning of 12 September - you can book your tickets here. A light sandwich lunch will be served between the tasting and the AGMs, and you are invited to stay for a glass of Bollinger afterwards. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Study programmeStage 1 assessment results

Stage 1 assessmentStudents who sat the stage 1 assessment (S1A) this June received their results on Monday 16 July 2018. Of the 104 students that sat the S1A, 56% will progress to stage 2, 28% will repeat stage 1 and the remainder 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 31 August 2018. Students will be informed of their stage 2 results from the closed book parts of the exam (theory and practical) on Monday 3 September 2018.


Study programme wines 2017-2018

Study programme wines We would like to thank all those who generously supplied wines to the 2017-18 MW Study Programme. The wines were shown throughout the academic year at residential seminars in Adelaide (Australia), San Francisco (USA), Rust (Austria), Bordeaux (France) and Berkshire (UK) and at over 70 course days around the world. Students at the course days and residential seminars were guided by over 100 MWs, who led tastings, theory sessions and mock exams. The wines were used for the tastings and mock exams to steer students’ preparation for both the stage 1 assessment and the stage 2 MW examination. The supply of the wines ensures the IMW can continue to offer the best possible experience to students on their journey to becoming a Master of Wine. 
See the wine list here

Australasia outreach

Australasia outreachThe IMW is pleased to be collaborating with two Australasian organisations to help with outreach for the MW Study Programme; the Len Evans Tutorial in Australia and the The Family of Twelve in New Zealand. Both organisations offer a tutorial programme for wine professionals. Working with Iain Riggs from the Len Evans Tutorial, one of their tutorial attendees is being offered the opportunity to attend the study programme seminar in Adelaide this November, to get a taste of the programme and what it takes to become an MW. And the newly launched Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial has selected an attendee, with two Masters of Wine involved in the process (Michael Brajkovich MW and Emma Jenkins MW), who will again attend the Adelaide seminar. It is hoped that their experience with these tutorial programmes, and the opportunity to attend some of the Adelaide seminar will encourage the recipients to apply for the study programme in the near future.

EventsTEXSOM | 11-13 August 2018 | Texas

TexsomThis year a number of Masters of Wine will be speaking at Texsom, showing their expertise in a large range of subjects. The sessions include ‘How to Taste’ led by Antony Moss MW, looking at the Court of Masters Sommeliers, Institute of Masters of Wine, and WSET methods of tasting wine, the similarities and differences, and how they overlap and reinforce each other. Mary Margaret McCamic MW will lead a session looking at practical approaches to self-study. Bree Boskov MW, Dilek Caner MW, Christy Canterbury MW, Charles Curtis MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, Nicholas Paris MW, Jean Reilly MW, Liz Thach MW, Dirceu Vianna Junior MW and David Wrigley MW are also leading tastings and seminars. The IMW is hosting the pre-conference Burgundy seminar on 11 August from 1300-1600. See the full Texsom schedule here


Masters of Winemaking tasting | 12 September 2018 | London

Masters of Winemaking tastingCome and relish an extraordinary rare showcase of wines made by Masters of Wine from around the globe. This walkaround tasting is not only a celebration of the international nature of the IMW but also of the specialised talents of a number of its Members. MW winemaking expertise from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the United States will be on show. The tasting allows you to enjoy 60 wines from a wide range of geographies and winemaking approaches. For those who attended the 2018 Living Wine Symposium this will be a revisit of the wines from the opening tasting and your opportunity to explore these further. And if you weren’t able to attend the Symposium, here is your chance to sample the incredible wines on show. The tasting is open to anyone who wishes to buy a ticket. It takes place at Vintners' Hall, 68 Upper Thames St, London, from 0930-1230. MW tickets are £30, MW student tickets £40 and general admission tickets £60. 
Full details and book tickets here


Dates for your diary

31 August 2018 | New Masters of Wine announced

3 September 2018 | Stage 2 MW examination results

12 September 2018 | BOOK NOW Masters of Winemaking tasting | London

12 September 2018 | IMW AGM | London

12 September 2018 | IMW North America AGM | London

12 September 2018 | Masters of Wine Endowment Company AGM | London

24 September 2018 | BOOK NOW Annual Champagne tasting | San Francisco

8 October 2018 | 21 Club lunch | London

15 October 2018 | Humidity seminar | London

27 October 2018 | Cabernet from the Americas tasting | San Francisco

27 October 2018 | MW get together | San Francisco

2 November 2018 | Cru Beaujolais seminar | Colorado

6 November 2018 | Annual Claret tasting TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 6 AUGUST| London

6 November 2018 | Annual Awards Ceremony | London  

4 December 2018 | English and Welsh Sparkling tasting | London


Sam Caporn MW

In her role as Aldi's wine expert, watch Sam Caporn MW give a wine 101 lesson on 'everything you need to know about wine this summer'.


Matt Deller MW

Matt Deller MW has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for TOR Wines. Matt will be responsible for supporting owner Tor Kenward in all areas of the business, helping to take the prestigious Napa producer into the future. Read more here


David Forer MW

Less than a year after moving to Spain, and less than two years after becoming a Master of Wine, David Forer MW has plunged into the world of vineyard ownership, buying a vineyard in Priorat in partnership with Franck Massard (former Best Sommelier UK). Their first harvest will be this year, with classic Priorat varieties Cariñena, Garnatxa Negra and Garnatxa Blanca.


Rebecca Gibb MW

Rebecca Gibb MW has launched a new book, The Wines of New Zealand. Rebecca, who now lives in England but spent six years living in New Zealand, is offering Masters of Wine a discounted price - log in to the Members' area for details and to take advantage of this special offer.


Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

The BIB Wine Company - one of the businesses Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is involved in - was featured in The Telegraph UK recently, about bag-in-box fine wine. Read the article here - behind a paywall but free to subscribe

SupportersAXA Millésimes acquires Outpost Wines

AXA MillesimesIMW Principal Supporter AXA Millésimes and the Dotzler family recently announced the acquisition by AXA Millésimes of Outpost Wines, based near Angwin, on the higher slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Christian Seely (pictured), Managing Director of AXA Millésimes said, “We have been looking to make an acquisition in Napa Valley for some time. As wine producers in Pauillac, Pomerol and Sauternes in Bordeaux, in Tokaj in Hungary, in the Douro Valley in Portugal and in Nuits-Saint-Georges and Romanée-Saint-Vivant in Burgundy, we are used to making wines in some of the greatest vineyards in the world. Château Pichon Baron in particular produces one of the noblest expressions of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape in Bordeaux, and it seemed logical to us, when thinking of a new acquisition, to look for a vineyard in the Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon has found another home." It was announced that Frank Dotzler will stay on in a fully operational capacity as will winemaker Thomas Brown. Seely added: “I am delighted that they have agreed to sell the property to AXA Millésimes, and that Outpost Wines can now join the family of exceptional vineyards that we own and manage. We look forward to working together with them to take this exceptional property to new heights in the future.” See further details here


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