1 February 2018

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Study programme

Introductions to the MW study programme

Info sessions.pngEvery year we hold 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. We would be grateful if you could share information about the weekends and sessions with anyone you think 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

  • 2-4 March 2018 Osimo, Ancona
  • 23-24 March 2018 Haro, Rioja
  • 12-13 April 2018 Stockholm
  • 16-17 April 2018 Shanghai
  • 18-19 April 2018 Victor, New York (details tbc)
  • 19-20 May 2018 London
  • TBC May 2018 Auckland (details tbc)
  • 6-8 June 2018 Rust (details tbc)

Information sessions


Rust seminar report by Caro Maurer MW 

Newsletter_Rust.png"What makes the special charm of the Rust seminar is to follow the emergence of a joyful community between students and MWs. Staying in the same comfortable hotel at the lake side, sharing meals together and having a glass of wine at the bar gives students the chance to ask questions and get personal advice which might not be discussed in the classes. This also gives them an idea of what a wonderful, valuable and generous group of people they will join when they will pass. More than one of them said goodbye while at the same time expressing the wish to return to Rust in the future – as an MW to share their own experience with the next generation." Read the full report here

Neustadt theory only seminar report by Phil Reedman MW 

Neustadt.png"This year’s theory only course was held in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse and was hosted by the VDP, The German Wine Institute and the City of Neustadt. The course was attended by nine students from Australia, France, USA, UK, Sweden, Finland and Hong Kong. Konstantin Baum MW, Steve Charters MW, Alison Flemming MW, Caro Maurer MW and Neil Tully MW all gave presentations to the students. Invited speakers from Germany gave insights into the history of German wine, the impacts of climate change and the state of the German wine industry. Con Simos from the AWRI ran a winemaker Q&A session. Field trips to Weingut Dr Wehrheim and Reh Kendermann impressed upon students the diversity of scale of the industry. Students sat two mock exams...a surprisingly well received item in the schedule." Read the full report here


Saint-Chinian tasting, 6 March 2018, London

St Chinians Tasting.pngSaint-Chinian is an appellation with both limestone- and schist-derived soils in close proximity. The Syndicat de l'AOC Saint-Chinian will provide a range of carefully selected 2017 sample wines for this tasting, that will focus on the influence of these two specific geologies. There will be 10 pure varietal samples (Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre), some from schist-based vineyards and some from limestone vineyards, but all lying at more or less the same altitude and all from the same 2017 vintage. In addition there will be three Syrah/Grenache blends from 2015, 2016 and 2017 to give some indication of ageing potential. Comprehensive technical notes to all the wines will be provided. Vivian Roussignol, Saint Chinian winemaker and Jean-Luc Bonnin, both members of the 'Association des Terroirs de Schistes’, will host the tasting and give the full background details to both the wines and the region. This is an exceptional opportunity to explore the influence of geology on the ever-elusive concept of ‘terroir’. The tasting is from 1100 to 1230 at the IMW headquarters, 6 Riverlight Quay, London. Tickets are £20 for MWs, £25 for MW students and £40 for all other guests (all inclusive of VAT). For full details and to book your place see here


Lallemand seminar, ‘Biological strategies to reduce chemical inputs during winemaking’, 21 March 2018, London

Lallemand (1).pngConsumers are asking for it and winemakers are increasingly concerned about it. It seems that the question of how to reduce chemical inputs during winemaking might just be one of the biggest challenges facing the wine industry today. This seminar will discuss the best opportunities to reduce chemicals through proper management at all steps of the winemaking process, exploring the latest research on strategies – ranging from post-fermentation biocontrol, to fermentation management to pre-bottling treatment alcoholic – to understand a more sustainable approach to winemaking. The speakers are Anthony Silvano Ing Oenologue, Sam Harrop MW, Ann Dumont MSc and Anne Ortiz-Julien Ing. Taking place at the IMW headquarters, 6 Riverlight Quay, London from 1100 to 1300, tickets are £20 for MWs and MW students and £25 for all other guests (all inclusive of VAT). See full details and book your place here


Taransaud seminar, ‘Barrels: How do they help to reveal wine identities?’, 22 March 2018, London

Taransaud logo.pngOak must be used properly in order not to alter a wine’s flavour, structure and stability. What is understood about the precise influence and interplay between oak source, seasoning and crafting the casks? How should these and other variables such as oxygen be managed through the barrel? To what extent is all this a matter of art, dexterity or fashion and what can be learned from the latest research into this rapidly changing field? Three technical speakers from Taransaud, as well as the Company’s owner Henri de Pracomtal will debate the use of oak barrels as a tool to reveal intrinsic quality and character in wines. The technical speakers include Vincent Renouf, Oenological R&D Director, PhD in Oenology. Through carefully structured tasting of samples and finished wines, the seminar will focus on country of origin of oak; oak seasoning duration; control of oxygen during wine ageing in oak barrels; influence of specially designed barrels on white wines; limited series T5 barrel. The seminar will be held at the IMW headquarters, 6 Riverlight Quay, London, with two sessions available from 0900-1200 or 1400-1700. Tickets are £20 for MWs and MW students and £25 for all other guests (all inclusive of VAT). See full details and book your place 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 is limited 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 so as to form an independent idea of the vintage and the wines. 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


Have you got your ticket? Living Wine International Symposium, 14-17 June 2018, Spain

Symp Launch (1).pngThe Institute’s next Symposium will take place from 14 to 17 June 2018 in Logroño, the centre of the Rioja region of Spain. Living Wine will be the 9th International Symposium and will examine the world of wine from numerous and new angles. Anyone can attend the Symposium by buying a ticket. Over 400 attendees will enjoy a fascinating, fun, action-packed long weekend which will include many of the top personalities in the wine world, both as speakers and delegates. The Living Wine Symposium will be a thought-provoking, network-enabling and taste bud-salivating few days which will leave you enriched and delighted. Details of the confirmed speakers and sessions are available on the website www.livingwine2018.com - more will be revealed over the coming weeks and months. See here to view the programme and confirmed speakers, and to buy your ticket


Save the date for...

  • MW get-together, Thursday 3 May 2018,  London
  • MW trip to IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige, 6–9 September 2018
  • MW trip to Austria, 13–16 September 2018  

Trade fairs

Masters of Wine Present: Old & New World Reds – Myth vs. Fact, Vinexpo, 5 March 2018, New York

VinexpoNY.pngJoin Masters of Wine Bree Boskov MW, Matt Deller MW and Mary Ewing Mulligan MW, to explore the similarities and differences between classic Old World and New World red wines today. MWs will discuss to what extent perceived differences still hold true, by showing and comparing the following wines, from Bree Boskov MW:

  • 2014 Domaine de L’Arlot Clos des Forets Saint Georges, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru, Burgundy 
  • 2014 Von Winning Pinot Noir I, Pfalz 
  • 2014 Domaine Drouhin ‘Cuvee Laurene' Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon 
  • 2014 Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ Martinborough, New Zealand 

From Matt Deller MW

  • 2014 Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux
  • 2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon the Reserve, To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville, Napa
  • 2014 Tenuta Guado al Tasso ‘Guado al Tasso’ Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany
  • 2014 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

From Mary Ewing Mulligan MW

  • 2015 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas, Terres Brulées
  • 2013 Moorooduc Estate Shiraz, McIntyre Family Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula
  • 2014 Betz Family Winery Syrah, La Côte Patriarche, Yakima Valley

Vinexpo New York has kindly offered MWs and MW students a $50 discount when registering for the 2018 exhibition. To take advantage of this offer and access the URL with discount code, follow these links by logging into the Member area or student area of the website.


ProWein 2018 - Free entry and Winemakers' Winemaker Award

prowein.pngThe organisers of ProWein are kindly offering free entry for MWs to this year's conference, including access to the VIP lounge (International lounge, ground floor Messe Center) and a ProWein catalogue (which can be collected at the VIP lounge). To claim your voucher code, email Stevie Hawley 

Also at ProWein, the IMW/Drinks Business eighth Winemakers’ Winemaker Award presentation will take place on Monday 19 March 2018 from 1815–1930. The award was introduced in 2011 to recognise outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking, and is voted for by MW winemakers and previous winners. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Peter Sisseck, Peter Gago, Paul Draper, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Egon Müller, Àlvaro Palacios, and last year Eben Sadie. This event is by invitation only. Please log in to the Members area of the website here for details of how to RSVP


Gerard Basset OBE MW MS

Gerard was one of four members of the UK trade honoured with the ‘Ordre du Mérite Agricole’ at a ceremony in London last month, for their work in supporting the French wine industry. Read more here


Elizabeth Gabay MW

In her new book, Rosé - understanding the pink wine revolution, Liz explores the history, viticulture, winemaking and business of rosé wine. Order here 


David Gleave MW

David, managing director at Liberty Wines, talks to Harpers about what's in store for the trade in 2018. Read the article here


Jane Masters MW 

Jane joined Natalie MacLean, editor of Canada's largest wine review site, on a live video wine tasting on 28 January 2018, broadcast to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Jane talked about how she became a Master of Wine and​ what it takes to achieve the title, plus there was real-time interaction and questions from wine lovers. You can watch the video replay here


Member opportunitiesGuildSomm - MW Perspectives essays and free membership

Guild_Somm.pngGuildSomm is a nonprofit international membership organisation promoting education and community for the wine trade through its website, GuildSomm.com, and events. GuildSomm's brand new MW Perspectives section highlights essays written by MWs on key wine topics, a resource intended for those pursuing WSET qualifications and the MW study programme. GuildSomm also recently published an article by Mary Margaret McCamic MW about her journey to becoming a Master of Wine. If you're interested in contributing an essay of approximately 1500 words to MW Perspectives, please contact GuildSomm Editor Stacy Ladenburger: stacy@guildsomm.com. MW Perspectives is available to GuildSomm members only, and Masters of Wine are kindly being offered a free lifetime membership. See the full details by logging into the Members area of the website here 


SommCon - call for presenters and advisory board members

SommCon_New.pngSommCon, a leading conference for wine and beverage professionals, is set to appear in Washington DC on 22-24 July 2018 and San Diego, CA 14-16 November 2018. SommCon invites Masters of Wine to apply for one of this year’s spotlighted educators and/or participate as a member of its Board of Advisors. Interested MWs should contact Michelle Metter: metter@fastforwardevents.com or call +619-312-1212. More details on SommCon can be found here 



Encounter Oregon & Washington State Wines tasting, 12 March 2018, London

Oregon.pngAs part of the ‘Encounter Oregon and Washington State Wines’ series of events, the Oregon Wine Board is hosting a masterclass/seminar exclusively for MWs and MW students. Chaired by Lenka Sedlackova MW, the masterclass will cover topics covered in the exams; viticulture, enology and the business of wine, with wines to taste to illustrate each section. The focus will be on Pinot noir alongside other varieties to illustrate broader points. Forming the panel of presenters are David Adelsheim (Adelsheim Vineyard), Eugenia Keegan (Jackson Family Wines), and Kate Norris (Division Winemaking Company). This is a great opportunity for any MW who missed out on the IMW visit to Oregon in May 2017, or for students studying for the MW exams, to bring themselves up to date with Oregon wines. Held at the OXO2, Southbank, London SE1, the tasting starts at 11am. For further information or to reserve your place email: kate@hilltopwines.co.uk 


Exploring Oregon's Winemaking Classicists and (R)Evolutionaries, 12 March 2018, London

Following the above tasting, Dr. Jamie Goode and Doug Wregg will lead a multifaceted tasting exploring Oregon's revolutionary winemakers who are adding colour and depth to Oregon's traditional Pinot noir focused regions. The white wines will reveal Oregon's cool mountain elevations and rugged river valley regions that are suited to a dynamic array of white varieties and styles. The red wines will feature a focused tasting and discussion surrounding understanding Oregon's stylistic differences in Pinot noir through site, viticulture and winemaking decisions and introduce the new red varieties and styles showing promise in the region. Also held at the OXO2, the seminar is from 1500 to 1700.  For further information or to reserve your place email: kate@hilltopwines.co.uk 


Constellation Brands awards stage 2 scholarship to MW student Robert Emery

CB_Newsletter.pngConstellation Brands awarded a stage 2 scholarship to MW student Robert Emery in January. This is the second North America scholarship Constellation Brands, a major supporter of the Institute, has awarded this academic year. Robert has been working in wine for over twenty years and is now settled in Napa, California where he is the General Manager at Amici Cellars in Calistoga. He will receive $2,000 to support his preparation for the MW examination and will also be invited to Constellation Brands wineries to interact with personnel from winery production, marketing and Constellation Brands MWs – Nova Cadamatre MW, Mark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MW – for two days. All North America based stage 2 students in the MW study programme were given the opportunity to win the scholarship, by submitting an essay on the following question, set by Constellation Brands: Fifty years ago, Robert Mondavi had a vision that California wines would one day be considered amongst the great wines of the world. To what extent has his vision come true, and what further opportunities should California wine address? Read the full press release here


Gonzalez Byass UK portfolio tasting 2018, 12 February 2018, London

GByass (1).pngJoin Gonzalez Byass for their 2018 portfolio showcase on Monday 12 February 2018, from 1000 to 1700 at the RIBA, 6th Floor, 66 Portland Place, London. This once a year event offers you the opportunity to taste the entire range of brands from the extensive Spanish wine and sherry offerings to premium brands from across the globe. This year’s event will play host to exclusive masterclasses including a session on the wonderful world of sherry with Head Winemaker, Antonio Flores with industry insight from Martin Skelton. Also, Winemaker Rodrigo Soto will be uncovering the Apalta region showcasing vintages of stunning Neyen wines. To register your attendance or to find out more email events@gbuk.es (trade only)


Kendall-Jackson named American Winery of the Year

JFW.pngKendall-Jackson has been honoured as American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Each year Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Wine Star Awards celebrate the individuals and companies that have contributed significantly to the success of the wine and spirits industry. Now in its 18th year, this iconic awards event honours industry game-changers from all facets and in all categories of the industry. These winners are united by their fearless passion for change. This year, as Kendall-Jackson celebrates its 35th anniversary, it has been recognised as a benchmark in the California wine industry, trusted for crafting consistent, high-quality wines from the best marine influenced and high elevation vineyard sites, which produce grapes with rich flavours and unique character. Kendall-Jackson joins a distinguished list of this years’ sixteen winners of the 2017 Wine Star Awards. Kendall-Jackson is owned by Jackson Family Wines, a major supporter of the Institute. Read more here


Swiss Wine tasting, 26 February 2018, London 

Newsletter_Swiss.pngFor the third year Swiss Wine invites professionals to a walk around tasting and/or a masterclass presented by Michele Caimotto, on Monday 26 February 2018 at 67 Pall Mall in Mayfair, London. Over 50 wines from 7 outstanding wineries from all Swiss wine regions will be on display and available for tasting. From the classic Pinot noir and Merlot to the unique indigenous wines such as Chasselas and Arvine. Doors will be open for the walkaround tasting at 1100, until 1600. The masterclass will take place from 1600 to 1700. Registration is required, see here to book and for further information




Australian Wine Research Institute announced as academic and research associate

AWRI news.pngThe Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) has become our first official academic and research associate – a new-style of partnership for the IMW. In addition to its global network of Supporters and with a continued commitment to excellence, interaction and learning across the global wine world, the IMW is keen to develop deeper and closer relationships with academic institutions and research bodies. Established in 1955, the AWRI is the Australian grape and wine industry’s own research organisation. Its aim is to support a sustainable and successful grape and wine industry through research and knowledge transfer. Based at the Waite Research Precinct in Adelaide, the AWRI is governed by an industry-led, skills-based board and is a member of the Wine Innovation Cluster.

This announcement between the two bodies coincides with a special tutored tasting the AWRI staged at the IMW’s headquarters in London on 24 January 2018. The seminar evaluated winemaking treatments in Australian Shiraz and includes a tasting of 15 wines, presented by Con Simos, Group Manager at the AWRI. Read the full press release here  


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