4 January 2019

Happy New Year

  Calendar of events

January 2019

13–19 January | MW stage 1 student seminar | Rust, Austria

18 January | AWRI series - Evaluation of winemaking treatments in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon | London, UK

18–22 January | MW stage 2 student seminar | Napa, USA

20–26 January | MW theory only student seminar | Deidesheim, Germany

22 January | Bordeaux tasting (2014 vintage) | Napa, USA

23 January | Hunter Valley Semillon compared to (much of) the rest of the world | London, UK

28 January – 1 February | MW stage 1 student seminar | Woodinville, USA

28 January – 1 February | MW stage 2 student seminar | Odney, UK

February 2019

10-16 February | MW stage 2 student seminar | Bordeaux, France

22 February | New MWs announced

19-27 February | MW trip, New Zealand 

March 2019

11-13 March | Student trip, Bordeaux | France

13 March | Lallemand seminar series | London, UK

17–19 March | Winemakers' Winemaker Award | Prowein, Germany

20-23 March | Student trip, Douro | Portugal

24-29 March | MW trip, Alentejo, Dão and Bairrada | Portugal

25-26 March | Introductory course | Napa, USA

TBC March | Burgundy tasting | London, UK

31 March – 6 April | MW trip, Champagne | France

April 2019

7 April | Annual Bordeaux tasting (2014 vintage) | Sydney, Australia

7-8 April | Introductory course | Alava, Spain

25-28 April | Introductory course | Rheingau, Germany

May 2019

2 May TBC | MW get together | London, UK 

7-12 May TBC | MW trip, Lebanon 

13–16 May | Lifetime Achievement Award | Vinexpo, France

20–24 May | MW trip, Roussillon | France

23-24 May | Introductory course | London, UK

June 2019

2 June | Stage 1 assessment | UK and USA

3 June | Stage 1 assessment | Australia

3-6 June | MW exams | UK and USA

4-7 June | MW exams | Australia

11–16 June | MW trip, Mosel | Germany

August 2019

30 August | New MWs announced

September 2019

2 September | MW exam results released

10 September | IMW AGM and tasting | London, UK

12–17 September | MW trip, Georgia TBC

5–8 September TBC | MW trip, Alto Adige | Italy 

TBC | Annual Champagne tasting | USA

28 September – 5 October | MW trip, Greece | APPLICATIONS OPEN!

October 2019

2–6 October | MW trip, Trentodoc | Italy

7 October 2019 | 21 Club Lunch | London, UK

November 2019

5 November 2019 | Annual Claret tasting (2015 vintage) | London, UK

5 November 2019 | Annual reception and awards ceremony | London, UK

17-22 November | MW stage 1 and 2 student seminar | Adelaide, Australia

18 November TBC | MW trip, Chile 

MW study programme

2019 Practical examination chairs

Practical exam

Following the message included in the December newsletter regarding changes to the practical examination team, we are pleased to confirm the new practical exam paper chairs for the 2019 examination will be Ulf Sjodin MW (Sweden), Peter Mitchell MW (UK) and Peter Marks MW (USA). John Hoskins MW will be both overall Practical Exam Chair and Chief Examiner for the 2019 examination. From the 2020 examination, Peter Marks MW will assume the overall Practical Exam Chair role.

The paper chairs will work in conjunction with a team of examiners for each paper as well as the Chief Examiner to select wines and set the exam papers. They will also have oversight responsibilities for the marking and moderation processes to ensure that all students are being assessed in a fair and consistent manner, again working closely with the Chief Examiner. Following these changes, Peter Marks MW has stepped down as Practical Chair on the Education Committee and Matthew Stubbs MW has taken over in this role with immediate effect. 

Can you help at a Paris information session?

Information session ParisWe will be hosting an information session about the IMW and the MW study programme on 13 February 2019 at Paris Wine. The session will start at 10:00 and will last no longer than 90 minutes. If you are planning on attending the trade fair or will be in Paris at this time, we’d love you to join Olivier Chapman, the Institute’s Head of Study Programme, on the panel for this session. If you are available and interested to join, please contact ochapman@mastersofwine.org


Alistair Cooper MW

Alistair Cooper MW will be writing a Latin American Wine Guide in conjunction with Cata d’Or Wine Awards during 2019. Cata d’Or is the longest running and most established Latin American Wine Competition. The 2019 competition will be the 24th edition to take place in Santiago, Chile. The guide will feature both wines that have been successful in the competition as well as many others. The first edition will be digital and a copy will be available and sent free of charge to all Masters of Wine. Watch this space for launch date and further information during 2019!

John Downes MW

Can you pair wine with curry? After all the Christmas and New Year festivities John Downes MW likes to escape for a good curry! As John says, we all have a favourite curry but matching these exotic dishes with wine can be tricky. Read John's curry-wine pairing thoughts here to get your perfect match

Sarah Marsh MW

Sarah Marsh MW is offering her Burgundy Briefing Vintage Report 2017 to MWs (and MW students) for £68, a 20% discount on the normal price of £85. This will be available until the end of January 2019. The Burgundy Briefing Vintage Report puts the current vintage on the Côte d’Or under the microscope. This is the 15th Burgundy vintage Sarah has reviewed. To find out more about the report and access the offer link, log in to the Members area of the website here


Job de Swart MW

Congratulations to Job de Swart MW who was named Man of the Year 2018 by leading Dutch wine magazine @perswijn after becoming a Master of Wine and developing the Grape Compass app.


Neil Tully MW

Having been invited to speak on the Visual Language of Wine at ProWine China in Shanghai, Neil Tully MW’s presentation was reported in Italy, demonstrating that the visual language of wine is truly international. Read the article here


New Regional Chairs to join Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

The 2019 competition sees the appointment of four new Regional Chairs including Jeannie Cho Lee MW – Burgundy (excluding Beaujolais) Regional Chair and Barbara Philip MW – Canada Regional Chair. The chairmanship for the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019 is currently shared between Sarah Jane Evans MW, Michael Hill Smith MW and Andrew Jefford. Read more here 


Wine Masters Documentary - episode 3 now available

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 third episode Bordeaux is now available, which features the 8th generation of the family de Boüard de Laforest. Watch the full documentary series now on: iTunes, winemasters.tv, Vimeo, Amazon Prime and Google Play - see the trailer on YouTube here 

Supporter and friends news

Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial

Family of Twelve TutorialThe Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial is a world-class wine education event tutored by winery owners and winemakers from New Zealand’s Family of Twelve. As a good friend of the IMW, the Family have got in touch to see if you, or perhaps someone in wine you know, might like to apply for the opportunity. There are just twelve places and they’ll go to candidates showing the promise and passion to become ambassadors for fine New Zealand wine. For application details see here


Maximilian Riedel at The Royal Horticultural Halls, London

Riedel tastingJoin Maximilian on Monday 21 January 2019 at The Royal Horticultural Halls in London and participate in a unique sensory experience as, in a tutored comparative tasting, he guides you through an enjoyable and educational event, which shows the difference the shape and size of a glass makes to our perception and enjoyment of wine. The Performance Range, grape varietal specific and showcasing a unique optical impact on the bowl of the glass, has been described as the ultimate loudspeaker for fine wines. The additional surface area that the creation of the optical effect gives, increases the inner surface area, allowing the wine to open up and fully show every aroma and subtle nuance.

Doors will open at 1800, where a collection of Riedel’s most famous pieces will be on display, and the main event will then commence at 1900, where guests will be seated for Maximillian’s tasting which will last for approx. 90 minutes. Tickets start from less than £60 per person (when bought as a group ticket) and all participants will each take home, free of charge, a Riedel Performance Tasting Set, worth £90, as used in the tasting. VIP tickets for two are also available and include (per couple) £180 worth of glasses, plus a hand-made Riedel decanter, worth £225.

As a Master of Wine or student on the MW study programme, Riedel (an IMW Major Supporter) are offering you the chance to save 10% on tickets for this event, to take advantage please log into the Members' area of the website here (or the student area of the website here).


New education programme launching at the Australia Trade Tasting in London

Wine AustraliaWine Australia will launch a new education programme in January at the annual Australia Trade Tasting in London. The comprehensive education programme, Australian Wine Discovered, will provide free information packs, tools and resources to discover and share Australian wine. Spanning over 20 topics including key Australian regions, varieties and current themes, the programme offers more than 200 globally accessible assets including editable presentations, detailed information guides, videos, maps, tasting mats and more.

Wine Australia Regional General Manager, EMEA, Laura Jewell MW said, ‘We are thrilled to launch this new education programme at the Australia Trade Tasting in London. It’s a phenomenal resource for wine educators, importers, distributors, retailers and consumers all over the world who are keen to learn more about Australian wine.’As part of the global launch, guests at the Australia Trade Tasting in London will be able to view demonstrations of the programme, test out the modules and discover more about the content and how it can be used. Joining the Wine Australia EMEA team at the launch will be Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Clark and General Manager Marketing, Stuart Barclay.The Australia Trade Tasting 2019 will be the biggest and most diverse showcase of Australian wine in Europe. With more than 1000 wines from 250 producers, trade can get up to date with the category, meet the people behind the wines and taste exciting new releases.
Register for the event here

Elaine Chukan Brown's history of California Chardonnay

California MW Trip GazeboOn the recent MW trip to California, a presentation by Elaine Chukan Brown on the history of California Chardonnay was warmly received. After many MWs asked for Elaine's notes, Jancis Robinson MW is publishing an edited four-part version on JancisRobinson.com. The first part is available to view here



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