3 December 2018

Watch the film of the 2018 annual awards ceremony, where the IMW welcomed 14 new Masters of Wine - the 2018 vintage - to the membership 

  The IMW and the MW study programme

Changes to the practical exam team

Practical exam As the number of practical exam candidates continues to increase, the Exam Committee has proposed - and the Education and Examination Board (EEB) ratified - a revised examination marking process, beginning with the practical exam in 2019. Mirroring the marking process for the theory exam, the practical exam will now have separate paper chairs for each part of its exam as well as an expanded number of examiners for each paper. The paper chairs will be overseen by an overall Practical Chair reporting to the Head Examiner, John Hoskins MW. Importantly, this is only a change to the marking process, there will be no change to the exam in the nature or conduct from the student perspective. In unrelated but concurrent news, Phil Tuck MW has announced that he will be stepping down as Practical Chair to focus on his professional commitments as Wine Director of Hatch Mansfield. Phil has spent eight years as a practical examiner and the Practical Exam Chair, which has included untold hours of dedication every year, and even more recently as the candidate numbers have increased significantly over that time. Phil has committed to assist the Examination Committee in the transition to its new structure. The Institute owes a great amount of thanks to Phil for the professionalism and tireless dedication he has given for students, examiners and the IMW as a whole.

IMW Executive Director resignation

Penny RichardsPenny Richards, our Executive Director will be leaving the organisation at the end of the year. Penny has resigned after leading the IMW for more than five years to take up a new role in London. Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “Penny has been the driving force behind the Executive Team who have delivered unprecedented success within the IMW over the last few years. We wish her the best of luck as she leaves to become the Managing Director of the Aspen Institute in the UK. On behalf of the IMW, I would like to thank Penny for her commitment, dedication and tireless efforts. The IMW’s reputation and global interest in the study programme has never been higher. The foundations are now in place for the next exciting stage of its development. I personally wish her every success in her new role.” Over the next few months, the IMW will be conducting a search to find the new Executive Director, led by IMW Chairman Adrian Garforth MW, in conjunction with recruiters Ellwood Atfield. In the meantime, Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development, will be the interim Executive Director until a successor is appointed. Read the full press release here
For details of Penny's leaving drinks, please contact skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org 

Investment in study programme wines from Masters of Wine Endowment Auction fund

Endowment Auction Over a year ago the Masters of Wine Endowment Auction raised over £1 million from a live auction of super lots. Held at Bonhams international auction house in London, the evening embodied the best in the wine world with a line-up of amazing dinner wines and extraordinarily rare auction lots. The superlots raised an incredible £1,007,500 on the night, in addition to 100 lots available online which raised £121,370. The money raised at the auction is for the Endowment Fund, held by the Masters of Wine Endowment Company. The company was established by the IMW 10 years ago, primarily to manage investments to enable the IMW to extend its range of activities in the global wine world, enhance the support it gives to Members worldwide and encourage the Masters of Wine of the future. The Masters of Wine Endowment Company is currently engaged in investing the funds raised from the auction. One of the decisions taken is the immediate provision of funds to be used to purchase classic wines to aid students on the MW study programme.
Read the full press release here

Stage 2 MW student Åsa Wahlström awarded the 2018 George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship

George T Gamblin ScholarshipThe George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by Mary Margaret McCamic MW in honour of her late father, a retired doctor and former U.S. Naval officer. It was founded with the hope of inspiring wine students to relate wine to something beyond the textbook. The new scholarship will be awarded annually to a stage 2 Master of Wine student who demonstrates a particular appreciation for how wine taps into our creative senses. Eligible students are required to submit a wine-related creative piece, and the topic will vary in format each year. This year students were asked to write on the following creative topic: Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote that ‘wine is bottled poetry.’ Explore how wine has the capacity to tap into our creative senses and provide inspiration. Åsa Wahlström is the first recipient of the award. She will receive $500 USD to be used toward her Master of Wine studies.
Read the full press release here

MW trips

Champagne 2019

Champagne MW tripOrganised by the Comite Champagne, an MW trip to Champagne is planned for 31 March to 6 April 2019. There are 20 places available. If you are keen to go, please register your interest by Wednesday 18 December and you will be contacted shortly after. As on all trips, the spaces will be allocated by a lottery and an administration fee of £100.00, payable to the Institute, is required as confirmation of your attendance on the trip. For the full details and to register your interest see here



Trentodoc 2019

Trentodoc 2019Hosted by IMW Supporter Trentodoc, this trip aims to improve the knowledge of Trentodoc, its labels, its producer and the realities working in Trentino for 20 Masters of Wine. All costs on the ground will be covered by the host. If you would like to be in the draw for this MW trip, please complete the form by 19 December 2018.
We will let you know whether you have been successful shortly afterwards. As on all trips, the spaces will be allocated by a lottery and an administration fee of £100.00, payable to the IMW, is required as confirmation of your attendance on the trip. For the full details and to register your interest see here

Coming soon: Roussillon - May 2019 

Rousillon_Newsletter_2018.pngPlans are being finalised for a MW trip to Roussillon. CIVR, the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon, is planning a trip to the region between 20 and 23 May 2019. Members will need to arrive in Perpignon on Sunday 19 May. Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is also planning an unofficial addition to the trip on 24 May, so MWs can taste wines made by other producers in Roussillon. The final itinerary will be confirmed in the next day or so, and you will receive a separate email to sign up to the trip ballot by the end of the week.

California trip - a photo review

California MW TripForty-seven Masters of Wine from 16 countries participated in the once-in-a-lifetime tour of California wines in late October, which showcased 600 wines from 60 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) throughout the state, from 300 vintners. The group toured the California wine regions for 10 days through the Central Coast and North Coast areas tasting wines from across the state. A photo review of the trip is now available to view here

Upcoming events

Gold medal winning UK Sparkling wine tasting

Location: IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London
Date: 4 December 2018
Time: 1030 – 1230
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AWRI series: Evaluation of winemaking treatments in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Location: IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London
18 January 2019
1000 - 1400
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Sixth annual Bordeaux tasting, USA

Location: The Archer Hotel, Grand Salon, CA
Date: 22 January 2019
Time: 1830 - 2030
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Hunter Valley Semillon compared to (much of) the rest of the world

Location: IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London
Date: 23 January 2019
Time: Session 1, 1000 – 1300
Time: Session 2, 1500 – 1800
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Lallemand seminar series

Location: IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London
Date: 13 March 2019
Time: 1100 – 1400
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Previous events

Read reviews of previous events on the IMW blog here, including the annual Claret tasting by Richard Bampfield MW and the 'a new model for terroir?' seminar by Nancy Gilchrist MW

Member news

WSET Outstanding Alumni nominees

Congratulations to the five Masters of Wine who make up the nominees list for the 2018 WSET Outstanding Alumni Award - Nova Cadamatre MW, Caro Maurer MW, Rhys Pender MW, Pierpaolo Petrassi MW and Fongyee Walker MW. The annual accolade that recognises a WSET Diploma graduate who is notably contributing to the industry is presented in partnership with JancisRobinson.com. The winners will be announced in January at the WSET Awards ceremony. 

Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW - Thistledown Wine Company

Thistledown Wine Company (Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW) have released a short video to give insight into their 'Riverland Reimagined' project, watch the video here to find out more

Lynne Coyle MW

Congratulations to Lynne Coyle MW who was shortlisted for an IMAGE Business Woman of the Year award, in the management professional category. See the full shortlist and winners here

Do you have your pin?
The last batch of MW pins are being sent out this week, so if you haven't already received your pin, it will be with you in a few days time (depending on your location in the world). If you have received your pin and haven't let us know yet, 
you can fill in this form so we can update our records

Rebecca Gibb MW

Rebecca Gibb MW has launched a wine and spirit jigsaw puzzle company, Bamboozled Games. She is offering MWs 10% off on orders placed before 20 December 2018 - see here for the discount code. If there are any MWs that would like to stock the jigsaws in their businesses, please contact rebecca@bamboozled.games for trade prices. The jigsaws can also be purchased through The Wine Society and The Whisky Exchange.

Tim Hanni MW

The first annual Intercollegiate Wine Business Invitational Competition has been announced, led by Tim Hanni MW. Teams from six universities in the USA are being introduced to a new way to learn about the business of wine and will battle it out for the best wine business plan and virtual product at the competition. Find out more about the programme here

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is featured in Decanter magazine, with a piece about Justin and the wines he makes in Maury with Jacques and Julien Montagné.
Read the article here

Nicholas Paris MW

Nicholas Paris MW is featured in a CNBC article which asks if it is possible to start a wine collection on a budget.
Read the article here

Did you know?
Approved minutes from the September Council meeting are now
available on the Members' area of the website here.

Wine Masters Documentary - episode 2

Tim Atkin MW and Jeannie Cho Lee MW star in the documentary series Wine Masters, which tells five stories about the origin of well-known international grape varieties and their terrior told by five French leading wine producers. The second episode Loire is now available, where the wine producing Bourgeois family show their deep-rooted passion for the area, terroir, grape and wines. Watch the full documentary series now on: iTunes, winemasters.tv, Vimeo, AmazonPrime and Google Play - see the trailer on YouTube here

Supporter news

Estates and Wines joins the Institute of Masters of Wine's international Supporter community

Estates and WinesThe IMW has welcomed Estates and Wines to its family of international Supporters. With their global portfolio of wines, the IMW looks forward to working with their estates to enhance the experience of students in the MW study programme, and beyond. The wine division of Moët Hennessy, Estates and Wines is a collection of wine estates around the world, each of which was born from the dreams of pioneering founders, who sought out great terroirs to create exceptional wines. In the Southern Hemisphere, they include Cloudy Bay in Marlborough and Cape Mentelle, one of the founding wineries in Margaret River, Australia. In Mendoza, Terrazas de los Andes is a leader in high-altitude vineyards, as well as in the development of exporting world-class wines from Argentina since the 1990s. Cheval des Andes is the Argentinian expression of Cheval Blanc, the only joint venture of this kind to which a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé "A" gives its name. In the Napa Valley, Peter Newton’s vision to re-interpret French classics comes to life at the Newton estate on Spring Mountain. In Spain, Numanthia has put a spotlight on the Toro region and, most recently, Ao Yun has started a journey in the Himalayas, creating refined wines from this mystical region. Read the full press release here

González Byass 2018 Fino Las Palmas collection launched

Gonzales ByassEach year González Byass invites an eminent wine professional to help select the year’s Tío Pepe Las Palmas Collection. The Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro Palmas wines have become respected and revered around the world for their outstanding results in the most famous competitions. Master Blender Antonio Flores, IWC Fortified Winemaker of the Year and twice winner of the coveted Len Evans Trophy, was joined by Natasha Hughes MW this year to select the new edition. Natasha adds her name to the list ofinternational critics which have included Sarah Jane Evans MW and Jancis Robinson MW. Joined by Gonzalez Byass Vice Chairman, Pedro Rebuelta, the three Sherry experts tasted through over 100 wines tofind the best casks to make up the 2018 Fino Palmas Collection. Natasha, a wine journalist who obtained her Master of Wine in 2014, said, “It was an absolute privilege to be able to help Antonio Floresand the Gonzalez Byass team select this year's Palmas wines. Sherry is often thought of as being a wine of consistency, but by tasting through the barrels in the cellar during the course of the selection process it was immediately apparent that each barrel creates an individual micro-terroir.”
See more news from González Byass here

Vérité Announced as official red wine supplier to Guards Polo Club

Jackson Family WinesVérité, Jackson Family Wines’ winery, has announced a new partnership with the prestigious Guards Polo Club, UK to be the official red wine supplier. The wines will be served at the Club next season, including in its Royal Box, overlooking The Queen’s Ground. Vérité, located in Sonoma County, California, produces three reputable Bordeaux-inspired wines that represent a meticulously formed union of grape varieties, climate, soil expression and winemaking technique. Crafted by Vigneron Pierre Seillan, the wines have been highly acclaimed, receiving over fifteen 100-Point Scores from Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Impeccably balanced and sumptuously textured in their youth, they have the weight and foundation to age for many years and are deemed to be outstanding investor wines. “I am delighted that Vérité will be the official red wine at the Guards Polo Club” said Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, an IMW Major Supporter. “Vérité is one of the jewels of my family’s portfolio, and we are thrilled to be offering these wines at this historic and prestigious club for its members and distinguished guests.” Find out more here

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