2 January 2018

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Introduction.pngLooking back, 2017 was an exceptional year for the Institute of Masters of Wine. It started with the move into our new office and ended with the superlative Masters of Wine Endowment Auction. 

Jane Masters MW (5).pngIn 2017, for the first time in our 60+ years of history, the Institute moved into a permanent home – a fantastic facility that has already been put to good use. We celebrated 18 new Masters of Wine and received a record number of applications to join the MW study programme so that our student body continues to thrive internationally.

We finished the year in a healthy position with much to look forward to. I would like to welcome Stevie Hawley, who joined the executive team at the start of December as the Office Coordinator and who will ensure all our activities continue to be organised and run in a professional way.

2018 will see the introduction of a residential study programme seminar in Neustadt in Germany to complement the seminars in Adelaide, Bordeaux, Odney, Rust and San Francisco. In June our Living Wine Symposium will take place in Logroño and I hope to see many of you there. The IMW events committees have constructed a full and interesting calendar of tastings and seminars throughout the year. There are MW trips planned to Argentina, Israel, Peru and Bolivia, Italy, Austria, and California. And this year will also see the launch of our new website.

Thank you to all of you involved in the Institute’s many activities. It is an honour to serve as your Chairman at this exciting time. I wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Jane Masters MW

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January 2018

8 January 2018Information session | Wine Professional | Amsterdam

14-21 January 2018 | MW study programme seminar | Rust

22-27 January 2018 | MW study programme seminar (theory only) | Neustadt

24-25 January 2018 | MW student trip to Gallo | Modesto

26-30 January 2018 | MW study programme seminar | San Francisco

24 January 2018 AWRI tasting Evaluation of winemaking treatments in Australian Shiraz  | London

27 January 2018 | Information session | San Francisco 

29 January 2018 | Annual Cabernet from the Americas tasting | London

30 January 2018 | Annual Bordeaux tasting (2013 vintage) | San Francisco

31 January-2 February 2018 | MW student trip | Napa Valley

February 2018

2 February 2018 | Information session | Vancouver 

4-10 February 2018 | MW study programme seminar | Bordeaux

6 February 2018  | Seminar The Great Dry White Wines of Bordeaux | London

9-14 February 2018 | MW study programme seminar | Odney

17-24 February 2018 | MW trip | Argentina


March 2018

2-4 March 2018 | Introductory weekend (Italy) with Istituto Grandi Marchi | Osimo | Ancona

5 March 2018 | MW masterclass | Vinexpo| New York

8 March 2018 | Information session | Paris

12-14 March 2018 | MW student trip | Bordeaux with Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855

18 March 2018 | Information session | Prowein | Dusseldorf

19 March 2018 | IMW/Drinks Business Winemakers’ Winemaker Award | Prowein | Dusseldorf

21 March 2018 | Lallemand seminar Biological strategies to reduce chemical inputs during winemaking | London

22 March 2018 | Taransaud seminar Barrels: how do they help reveal wine identities? | London

23-24 March 2018 | Introductory weekend (Spain) with La Fundación para la Cultura del Vino | Haro | Rioja 

25 March-2 April 2018 | MW trip | Peru and Bolivia


April 2018

8 April 2018 | Annual Bordeaux tasting (2013 vintage) | Sydney

12-13 April 2018 | Introductory weekend (Sweden) | Stockholm

16-17 April 2018 | Introductory weekend (China) with MWM Wine School | Shanghai

18-19 April 2018 | Introductory weekend (USA) with Constellation Brands | Victor | New York

22-26 April 2018 | MW trip | Israel


May 2018

3 May 2018 | IMW Members’ get together | London

19-20 May 2018 | Introductory weekend (UK) | London

TBC May 2018 | Introductory weekend (New Zealand) with Villa Maria | Auckland


June 2018

4-8 June 2018 | IMW examination week | London | San Francisco | Sydney

6-8 June 2018 | Introductory weekend (Austria) with Austrian Wine Academy | Rust

14-17 June 2018 | Living Wine - 9th International Symposium | Logroño | La Rioja


September 2018

6-9 September 2018 | MW trip | Alto Adige

12 September 2018 | Masters of Wine Winemakers’ tasting (Pre-AGM) | London

12 September 2018 | IMW Annual General Meeting | London

13-16 September 2018 | MW trip | Austria

24 September 2018 | Annual Champagne tasting | San Francisco


October 2018

18-27 October 2018 | MW trip | California

29 October 2018 | Annual Cabernet from the Americas tasting | San Francisco


November 2018

6 November 2018 | Annual Claret tasting (2014 vintage) | London

6 November 2018 | Annual Awards Ceremony | London

18-23 November | MW study programme seminar | Adelaide 



Vintage Masters of Wine

At the 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony, as well as welcoming the 18 new Masters of Wine, the Institute honoured three Members who passed the MW examination in 1957. Colin Anderson MW, John Clevely MW and Vincent Larvan MW have now been Masters of Wine for a glorious 60 years. For the full story see the Vintage MWs feature on the website here. Plus you can read Colin's reflections on his time in the wine trade and his 60 years as a Master of Wine on the IMW blog here.

Nick Bulleid MW

Congratulations to Nick Bulleid MW and Wendy Kileen who were married at a ceremony in Melbourne, on 16 December 2017.

James Davis MW

James Davis MW has been appointed commercial director for Adnams’ beers, wines and spirits team. James said: “I am excited to join a growing business and brilliant team of people, it’s also great to be able to work with fantastic brands across wine, beer and spirits. As an East Anglian resident, I have always admired Adnams as a local employer and business". Read more here

Emma Dawson MW

With her partner Andy, Emma Dawson MW is launching a new blog called 52 Grapes. The project involves Emma and Andy trying 52 grapes together across 2018 – one a week. Emma told us, "Andy only knows a little about wine, so the idea is that our journey will help him learn and for us to both have fun in the process." Sign up to join in and taste along with them

Matt Deller MW

Food and Wine talk to Matt Deller MW, who shares his thoughts on how to become a Master of Wine. Read and listen here

Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane Evans MW has been announced as the winner of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Outstanding Alumni Award 2017, sponsored by JancisRobinson.com. Sarah Jane was voted by WSET’s alumni network as the most worthy winner of the award over the other notable nominees including Jeannie Cho Lee MW and Michael Hill Smith MW. Read more here

Calling all MW winemakers!

Have you let us know if you are a winemaker? Don't miss the opportunity to show your wines at the Masters of Wine Winemakers' tastings in 2018. Email events@mastersofwine.org if you haven't already let us know.

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Vinexpo New York, 5–6 March 2018, special offer for MWs and students

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.


William (Bill) Warre MW 15 April 1926 - 11 December 2017

Bill Warre MW.pngIt is with great sadness to let you know that Bill Warre MW died on 11 December 2017. He was 91. A memorial service will take place at midday on Thursday 25 January 2018 at St. Mary's Church in Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 7BP.

Bill had been a Member of the Institute since 1960 and was Chairman in 1972. He was born in central London and educated privately. In 1945 he was commissioned from Sandhurst and served in the Royal Lancers in Egypt and Palestine. Bill left the army in 1947 and joined Silva & Cosens (Dow's Port) in 1948 working in Portugal, Burgundy and Bordeaux, before settling in London at Dow's agents until 1973 working with Warre's. Bill retired from Symington Family Importers John E Fells & Sons aged 65 in 1991.

The Institute has been sent some wonderful reminiscences about Bill, some copied below, plus Jancis Robinson MW has published an obituary on her site, available to read here.

"I remember Bill as being one of the more helpful and willing of tutors, a modest man full of knowledge and wisdom, with a warm and ready smile and a gentle sense of humour. He was a credit to the Institute."
Nick Belfrage MW

“In his prime, Bill was one of the most memorable and most characterful of members and old wine trade chums who knew him will greatly miss his wonderful sense of fun and good humour.”
Kenneth Christie MW

"I hope among the reminiscences you have received, is the epic one of Bill on the MW trip to Tuscany in the early 90s. One visit to an eminent Chianti estate coincided with the Grand National. Bill being a man with a liking for gee-gees in no time hijacked the visit by organising a sweepstake and then all of us adjourning to the house to watch the race live on TV. I seem to recall the horses were picked out of Bill's venerable Panama! Our Italian hosts seemed to take the whole thing in their stride or were far too polite to say otherwise! A great character who will be much missed."
Charles Crawfurd MW

Photo credit: jancisrobinson.com


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