3 July 2018


A special edition of the newsletter will follow soon, with news, photos and videos from the IMW's 9th International Symposium in Logroño, Spain. For now, you can watch the highlights video, view social media activity here, and read an independent summary of the Symposium, by Spanish Wine Lover, here
The next Symposium will take place in Adelaide in 2022, co-hosted by Wine Australia - see the full press release here.

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Jane Masters MWThis June saw our 9th Institute of Masters of Wine International Symposium. It was a world class, thought-provoking event, an opportunity to meet friends and to establish new relationships. It attracted over 450 participants from around the world and it was great to see more than 100 Masters of Wine there.

Held every four years, these international meetings are an important activity in our mission to promote excellence, interaction and learning across the global wine community and the feedback has been extremely positive. My thanks to the eleven Masters of Wine on the Symposium Steering Group and Symposium Programme Committee, the Masters of Wine who chaired and/or participated in panels, our guest speakers, sponsors and to all the attendees. In particular extra special thanks to Pedro Ballesteros MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Jane Hunt MW, Belinda Eaton and Sarah Kirkpatrick for the many long hours dedicated in the years running up to and during the event itself – we couldn’t have done it without you!

This month you will receive paperwork for the Institute’s Council elections to be held before and at the Annual General Meetings (IMW, IMW-North America and Masters of Wine Endowment Company), on 12 September 2018 in London. Council consists of Honorary Officers – Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer, nine Masters of Wine elected by you and two ex officio members – the Head of EEB and the Executive Director. Our current Council reflects well the diverse nature of our membership with representation from eight different countries and a ratio of 8:6 male to female. As Chairman, this diversity facilitates discussion, challenge and good decision making. As I hand over the Chair in September there will be four positions on Council up for election. I hope that Masters of Wine who wish to be involved in developing Institute strategy, governance and policy will put themselves forward to ensure an equally representative and highly effective team. More details on Council are on the website here. I hope to see many of you at the AGM in September. In the meantime enjoy the summer or winter sunshine! 

Jane Masters MW 


Master of Wine Endowment Company

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You may remember a recent call for Masters of Wine to put themselves forward as both Trustees and Investment Officers for the Masters of Wine Endowment Company (MWEC). Since then, the existing Trustees (Laura Evans MW, Patrick McGrath MW, Jane Masters MW, Fiona Morrison MW, and Penny Richards) have invited Michael Brajkovich MW, Steve Charters MW, Philip Goodband MW and Pierpaolo Petrassi MW to join them. The Trustees are planning to meet for the first time later in July to discuss their preferred investment strategy for the funds raised from the auction. The stated aim of the auction was to provide support to our international students, allow us to increase our reach to Members, extend our range of activities in the global wine world and encourage the Masters of Wine of the future.

The AGM of the MWEC will take place on the same afternoon as the AGMs of both the IMW and the IMW-NA (12 September 2018, at Vintners’ Hall in London). There Members will have the opportunity to formally elect the Trustees, who will be standing in a ‘slate’. The Trustees will share their investment plans with the membership. The Trustees have also asked Philip Harden MW to join the existing Investment Officers – Andy Howard MW and Hugo Rose MW.

Study programme

2018-2019 applications and admissions process

Study programme

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are open until 17 July 2018. Early indications show that there is a high level of interest in the programme and we expect to see a large number of applications this year. To support applicants with the entry exams, two short videos have been produced, available to watch on the apply page here.

If you know of any potential MW students, please do encourage them to apply. You can share this link which has all the application details: 

Last year, the Education and Examination Board (EEB) established an Admissions Committee to oversee all aspects of the MW study programme admissions processes. The committee comprises five MWs and is chaired by Caro Maurer MW. The committee has revised and refined a number of processes relating to admission, so each applicant can be thoroughly assessed. Each applicant must complete the following, as part of the application process:

  • an application form, demonstrating that they meet the Institute’s admissions requirements, including at least three years’ experience in the wine trade and a wine qualification, at least WSET Diploma level
  • a reference from a Master of Wine or other senior wine trade professional
  • a theory and practical examination

Once an application examination is submitted, two different Masters of Wine will mark each part (theory and practical). Two Master of Wine ‘readers’ then consider the marked papers, along with the rest of the application independently. The readers assess each applicant and recommend to the Admissions Committee if they are suitable for a place on the study programme. Finally, the Admissions Committee consider all the recommendations, and confirm or reject places on the study programme.

Thanks to everyone who is involved in the admissions process this year, including all referees, entrance exam markers, readers and Admissions Committee members.


2018 examinations

2018 MW examinations

Exams took place in Sydney, London and San Francisco from 4 June 2018 (stage 1 assessment) to 8 June 2018 (stage 2 exams). Over 100 students sat the stage 1 assessment and around 160 students sat one or both parts of the stage 2 exam. Results for the stage 1 assessment will be released on 16 July 2018 and the stage 2 exam results will be made available to students on 3 September 2018. The Institute introduced new examination software for those who typed all or part of their exams. The introduction of the new software was not as smooth as we would have liked or expected, and some students experienced issues during the exam. The exam moderators are well aware of the problems, and the candidates involved, and we have been able to reassure students with confidence they will not be disadvantaged in any way. Discussions are already underway about future examination software solutions, with the aim that any solution offered should be available for students to test at seminars and course days.

The wines and questions used in this year’s stage 1 assessment and stage 2 exams have been published here.

 9 July 2018 | Riesling 'half blind' tasting - BOOK NOW! | New York 

11 August 2018| TexSom Event, Burgundy Tasting | Texas

31 August 2018 | New Masters of Wine announced

3 September 2018 | Other MW examination results

12 September 2018 | Masters of Winemaking tasting | London

12 September 2018 | IMW AGM | London

12 September 2018 | IMW North America AGM | London

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

24 September 2018 | Annual Champagne tasting | San Francisco

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

27 October 2018 | MW get together | San Francisco

2 November 2018 | Boulder Burgundy Festival | TBC

6 November 2018 | Annual Claret tasting | London

6 November 2018 | Annual Awards Ceremony | London  

4 December 2018 | English and Welsh Sparkling tasting | London

Member opportunities

González Byass' Sherry Master course

Sherry Masterclass

We are delighted to let you know that one of the Institute’s Supporters, González Byass, is offering five spaces on their acclaimed Sherry Master course, in Jerez. Masters of Wine will need to make their way to Jerez by 12 September 2018. González Byass will look after accommodation and everything else once you’ve arrived. Unfortunately this coincides with the Institute’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 12 September 2018, so some of you might not chose to apply. As always those people lucky enough to attend will be chosen by lottery, and there will be a £100 admin fee. The deadline is 6 July. To find out more about the programme and add your name to the waiting list, see the website here.


MW trip, Austria, September 2018

Austrain Wine.pngInstitute Principal Supporter, Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) is offering an exclusive Master of Wine trip, to selected wine regions of Austria from 13 to 16 September 2018. The trip will take place directly after the IMW's AGM in London, so it is a great opportunity for overseas travellers to combine those two events. The theme of the programme is 'Along the Danube' and therefore the wine-growing regions visited will be: Wien, Wagram, Kamptal, Kremstal, Wachau and Carnuntum.All domestic travel (mostly by coach) and hotels (single rooms) in Austria during the official programme will be covered by AWMB. Guests will need to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Austria. There will be a non-refundable fee of £325, which will include an admin fee and contribution to the costs of the stay. Further details and a draft itinenary can be found here. If you would like to take up one of the final spaces, email Belinda Eaton by Friday 6 July 2018. 


How Masters of Wine are transforming quality and reputation of commercial wines

In an article for the on-trade publication The Buyer, Richard Siddle writes about how Masters of Wine are working around the world helping to raise the standards of all wine. 
Read the article here


Masters of Wine in Israel

An article by Adam Montefiore for The Jerusalem Post argues the MW trip to the Jewish state was the most prestigious wine visit to Israel since Baron Edmond de Rothschild first arrived in 1887.
Read the article here


Have you logged into the Members' area lately?

The Conversion Fund is looking for someone with exceptional credentials in the wine and spirits community to be the CEO of their Wine and Spirits Division, and are keen for the successful candidate to be an MW. For information on this role, and other offers and discounts, login here


Joel Butler MW

Joel Butler MW has a new article, available on International Wine Review, assessing the validity of the Gambero Rosso’s methodology and evaluations.
See the review here


Jeremy Cukierman MW

Jeremy Cukierman MW is the new Director of Kedge Wine & Spirits, at Kedge Business School (the Business School of Bordeaux and Marseilles). Jeremy will be in charge of all the wine education, including long established programmes and the introduction of new ones. 
More information on the school can be found here


Sarah Heller MW

Sarah Heller MW has been named in Hong Kong’s influential 'Generation T' 2018 list. As described by Hong Kong Tatler, Generation T are those who are marked by their vision, talent and drive; those who challenge the status quo and bring forth change - 'They are not just dreamers, they're doers—and it’s these creative visionaries and disruptive talents whom we define as Generation T’.
View Sarah's listing here


Andy Howard MW

For Decanter, Andy Howard MW writes about how Argentina is making strides with white wine, following the MW trip earlier this year. The article is available behind the Decanter paywall here. Decanter have kindly made the article free to MWs, by logging into the Member area of the website here


Pierpaolo Petrassi MW

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW is ranked number 1 in the Drinks Retailing annual list of the 100 most influential people in the UK wine trade.
See the full list here


Jancis Robinson MW

Jancis Robinson MW has partnered with British tableware designer Richard Brendon to create '1 Collection'. At the heart of this new range is the '1 Wine Glass', which has been specifically designed to offer the best tasting experience for every wine, whatever its style or strength, including Champagne, Port, Sherry and beyond. The full collection is now available exclusively at Harrods in the UK and via RichardBrendon.com for international orders. 


Paul Tudor MW

Paul Tudor MW has been blogging about the recent MW trip to Peru and Bolivia over the past view weeks. You can view Paul's blog, 'You will know when you get there' here


VieVinum Jubilee - Austrian Wine Marketing Board

VieVinum JubileeFrom 9–11 June 2018, Vienna’s Hofburg Palace once more became the pilgrimage destination for friends of Austrian wine. 15,000 attendees from nearly fifty countries met up with some 550 Austrian winegrowers, augmented by the viticultural contingent from this year’s guest country Switzerland. The initial feedback from the international trade visitors, who came to VieVinum at the invitation of IMW Principal Supporter Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), bears witness to the unusually high esteem in which this wine fair in the world is held. The event featured a tasting ‘Best of Old World Pinot Noir Outside of Burgundy’, moderated by Anne Krehbiehl MW, Andreas Wickhoff MW, Willi Klinger and Stephan Reinhardt.The twentieth-anniversary edition of VieVinum set a new record for international attendees. A total of 1,150 wine merchants, journalists, sommeliers and restaurateurs answered the call of the AWMB, nearly half of them for the first time. Read the full press release here


Decanter Men of the Year launch "Into the Future"

ErrazurizThe dynamic duo of Decanter Men of the Year, Steven Spurrier (2017) and Eduardo Chadwick (2018) joined forces in London and Paris recently to host the first “Into the Future” masterclasses showcasing fine wines from Chile and the UK. This is the start of a new global initiative by Spurrier and Chadwick, who enjoy cultivating and expanding their knowledge of fine wines to wine professionals and enthusiasts.
“Into the Future” aims to position and champion Chile and the UK as world class appellations of the future. The London event was held at the exclusive London members only wine club 67 Pall Mall followed the next day by a tasting with Spurrier’s L’Académie du Vin at Le Taillevent Restaurant in Paris. The seated masterclasses had Eduardo Chadwick presenting a special selection of his top wines from Viña Errazuriz (IMW Supporter) and Viña Seña, while Steven Spurrier showcased the rosé from his English Sparkling wine vineyard, Bride Valley along two of his favourite English sparkling wines. 


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