1 March 2019

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We were delighted to announce in February six new Masters of Wine, from six different countries. The new Masters of Wine (pictured left to right)
are Edouard Baijot MW (France), Nicholas Jackson MW (USA),
Brendan Jansen MW (Australia), Jonas Röjerman MW (Sweden),
Harriet Tindal MW (Ireland) and Jonas Tofterup MW (Spain).
There are now 384 MWs in the world, based in 30 countries.
The new MWs will be formally welcomed to the IMW at the 
annual awards ceremony in London later this year.

Meet the new Masters of Wine here!


  The IMW and the MW study programme

Hatch Mansfield becomes an IMW Supporter

Hatch MansfieldHatch Mansfield – UK specialist agents in premium wines made by independent, family-owned companies – has joined the IMW’s international supporter community. Established in 1994 with Louis Jadot, Errazuriz and Villa Maria and headed up by Patrick McGrath MW, Hatch Mansfield remains fiercely independent and today represents 16 international wine companies. They manage the UK distribution, sales and marketing for all the brands they represent: Robert Oatley (Australia); Caliterra, Errazuriz (Chile); Champagne Taittinger, Jean-Luc Colombo, Joseph Mellot, Louis Jadot, Terroirs et Talents (France); Gaja (Italy); Esk Valley, Left Field, Vidal, Villa Maria (New Zealand); Kleine Zalze (South Africa); CVNE (Spain); and Domaine Carneros (USA). The IMW now has 27 Supporters from around the world. Read the full press release on the website here.


MW student Joshua Grainer awarded Constellation Brands stage 2 scholarship

Josh GrainerPrincipal Supporter of the IMW Constellation Brands, offer two scholarships a year to North America based students in the MW study programme. Joshua Grainer, the winemaker and technical director for RdV Vineyards in Virginia, has been awarded the 2019 stage 2 scholarship and will receive $2,000 to support his preparation for the MW exam later this year. Joshua will visit Constellation Brands in Napa with key personnel from winery production and marketing, and meet the Constellation Brands’ MWs – Nova Cadamatre MW, Mark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MW – who selected Joshua as the recipient of the scholarship. Prior to working in the wine trade Joshua studied geography and environmental sciences, but decided to change his career path and embarked on apprenticeships that have taken him from the cellars of France to the vineyards of Australia. He was drawn to Virginia by the potential to pioneer quality wines in the emerging region. Joshua joined RdV in 2008 with the focus of crafting world-class Bordeaux blends. Read the full press release on the website here.


Study programme seminars

Washington SeminarThe 2018-2019 study programme seminars are now complete. Thank you to all Masters of Wine involved for making the seminar season a successful one. Reviews from the seminars are now available to read for Napa by Amy Christine MW, Woodinville by Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, Odney by Richard Hemming MW, Rust by Caro Maurer MW and Deidesheim by Phil Reedman MW. You can find the reports on the IMW events and trips blog here. (Seminar reports for Adelaide and Bordeaux will be available next month.)

Upcoming events

Lallemand seminar series, London

Lallemand seminarDate: 13 March 2019
Time: 1100–1400
Location: IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London

The third IMW/Lallemand seminar series will explore the still untapped potential of malolactic bacteria, presented by Ann Dumont M.Sc., Sam Harrop MW, Anthony Silvano Ing. Oenologue and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW. Over the last decade researchers have learnt a great deal about the ability of the malolactic fermentation to influence the quality of wines. What is less widely understood is the significant impact that wine bacteria is able to have on the sensory profile of wine. Similar to the influence of yeasts, different species of wine bacteria can have a major impact on the style as well as the quality of a wine. The seminar will present the latest research on malolactic bacteria and MLF including the impact of the timing of inoculation. It will address the roles of the different bacteria on the sensory profile of wine, the relationships between wine yeast and bacteria and how they must work together to ultimately achieve microbial stability. The session will be illustrated by a tasting that will reveal the potential that bacteria has to shape style and improve wine quality. The seminar is almost sold out - click here to buy one of the final few tickets


ProWein 2019 - free entry for MWs and Winemakers' Winemaker Award

ProWeinDate: 17-19 March 2019
Location: Düsseldorf

The organisers of ProWein are kindly offering free entry for MWs to this year's conference, including access to the VIP lounge. To claim your free three day pass, please email Luke Stephen, IMW Office Coordinator. Also at ProWein, the IMW/drinks business ninth Winemakers’ Winemaker Award presentation will take place on Monday 18 March 2019 from 1815 to 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 of the prestigious award. The previous winners are Peter Sisseck, Peter Gago, Paul Draper, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Egon Müller, Àlvaro Palacios, Eben Sadie and Jean-Claude Berrouet. This event is by invitation only, managed by the drinks business. Please log in to the Members' area of the website here for RSVP details.


Annual Bordeaux tasting (2014 vintage), Sydney

Bordeaux tasting SydneyDate: Sunday 7 April, 2019
Time: 1630-1900
Location: DeVine Food and Wine, 32 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

This event mirrors the long-established Annual Claret tasting in London and annual Bordeaux tasting in the USA. The tasting will showcase wines from the Grands Crus Classés of the Médoc and their equivalents from the Right Bank and Graves (including Sauternes). As is customary, the vintage to be tasted is five years prior to the year of the event: 2014. While the 2014 vintage was not a vintage without challenges for Bordeaux, it is arguably the finest vintage since the notable back-to-back vintages of 2009 and 2010. Tickets are $135 AUD for general admission and $105 for MWs and MW students. See here for full details and to book your tickets. 


MW get together, London

MW get togetherDate: 2 May 2019
Time: 1830-2100
Location: IMW HQ, 6 Riverlight Quay, London

Once again we are taking advantage of Members being in London for judging duties, and have planned an MW get together for you on Thursday 2 May, at the IMW headquarters. There will be Bollinger and finger food, and we’d also love you to bring a bottle of something interesting to share with your fellow MWs. The get together is the night before the Burgundy tasting, which also takes place at the IMW headquarters (see details below). To RSVP for the get together on 2 May, please use this form.


Burgundy tasting (2016 vintage), London


Date: 3 May 2019
Time: 1000-1300
Location: IMW HQ, 6 Riverlight Quay, London

Focusing on the 2016 vintage, the Burgundy tasting will showcase wines from Chablis to Beaujolais, highlighting 1er Cru and Grand Cru wines produced from domaine-grown fruit in the Côte d’Or. The 2016 vintage was one of the region’s most challenging yet qualitative. It was a vintage that was heavily marked by damaging frost that swept across the region on 26 April, making it the worst in the Côte d’Or since 1981. Unlike most years where frost tends to bite mostly on the lower placed vineyards, in 2016 many of the buds in well-placed 1er Cru and Grand Cru sites were burnt by the sun the following morning. Damage was cited as far north as Marsannay and as south as Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint Aubin and Rully. See here to find out more about the vintage and book your tickets.

MW trips

Roussillon, 20-24 May 2019 

Roussillon tripThere are a few places remaining for the first MW trip to Roussillon. Touted by our own Jancis Robinson MW for many years, the Agly Valley in the north of the Roussillon is the home of a large number of exciting producers, and some of the world’s greatest undiscovered terroirs. Here’s a few quotes from some leading luminaries: "I was blown away by some of the terroirs and the potential for world-class wines” - The Wine Advocate, "I've been fascinated by the Agly valley in Roussillon for at least a decade now” - Jancis Robinson MW, and Maury Sec has the potential "to be one of the rare ‘grands crus’ of the South of France" - Andrew Jefford. The programme is being put together by Justin Howard-Sneyd MW and aims to get under the skin of this fascinating region. Come and see what all the fuss is about! See here for full details of the trip, including the draft itinerary and how to apply.

Trentodoc, 2-6 October 2019 

Trentodoc 2019There are also a few places now available for the MW trip to Trentino in October, hosted by IMW Supporter Trentodoc. This trip aims to improve the knowledge of Trentodoc, its labels, its producer and the realities of working in Trentino for 20 Masters of Wine. All costs on the ground will be covered by the host. 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.


New Zealand 2019

NZ tripMasters of Wine have just enjoyed a wonderful MW trip to New Zealand. They tasted Chardonnay in Hawke’s Bay, Syrah in Havelock North and Pinot Noir in Martinborough. There were presentations and wine tastings, vineyard wanders, lunches and dinners, and ferry rides between islands. And to top it all off, a private charter flight courtesy of Air New Zealand carried 40 excited MWs over the Kaikoura coastline (pictured). The MW trip to New Zealand was indeed a special one! A report will follow in the next newsletter. You can read a taster of the trip covered by NewsHub here.


Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

VinexpoTogether with the drinks business, we are delighted to open the nominations for the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The winner is chosen by Masters of Wine and they will be presented with the honour at VinExpo, Bordeaux in May. The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges the substantial contribution of an individual to the global wine community, and recognises vision, determination and innovation. The award has previously been presented to Robert Mondavi (2005), Marchese Piero Antinori (2007), Jean-Michel Cazes (2011), Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (2013), Hugh Johnson OBE (2015) and Miguel A. Torres (2017). All recipients were considered to have materially contributed, not only to their own success, but to the greater world of wine. The winner will receive the award at a lunch attended by senior figures from the wine industry during VinExpo (invitations will be sent soon). We would be grateful if you could choose this year’s winner by sending in your nomination (Members can submit one nomination each). Please email Belinda Eaton with your vote by Friday 22 March 2019.


Almudena Alberca MW

Almudena Alberca MW has been awarded Woman of the Year from Spanish magazine Mujerhoy, for representing the role of women in the wine sector, as well as for becoming an excellent ambassador for the wines of Spain. Congratulations Almudena! Read about the award here.


Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin MW’s fourth annual Rioja report is now available. The report is based on two weeks of in-depth research, calling at more than 100 bodegas and sampling wines from a further 120, a week of tasting in London, and more than three decades of experience visiting the region. Buy the report for £20 here.


Caroline Gilby MW

Featured in Decanter, Caroline Gilby MW gives an introduction to the six main wine nations to the east of the Adriatic, highlighting the top producers and recommending a dozen of the best wines in the region. Read Caroline's feature here.


Mary Gorman-McAdams MW

Congratulations to Mary Gorman-McAdams MW for being appointed the new Director at the International Wine Center. Mary will join the New York City based school on 1 May. She will be working with fellow Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, who is the President of the Center. Read more about the news here.


Laurence Alan Webber MW - 1924 to 2019

Laurence Webber 01The IMW was saddened to learn that Laurence Webber MW died on 6 February 2019. He was 95. Laurence became an MW in 1965, celebrating his 50 year anniversary as a Member in 2015. Laurence was an active Member of the IMW, including being on Council in the 1990s and involved in events, examinations and education. Born in 1924 in Finchley, North London, Laurence was one of three brothers. Both his mother and father served in the First World War and Laurence and his older brother, Neil, served in the Second World War. Laurence was in the RAF and organised logistics and relief work in Berlin and Warsaw in the immediate aftermath of the war. After leaving the RAF, Laurence joined a small, specialised vintner, Greens, located near the Royal Exchange in the City of London. He was there for 11 years, working his way up the ranks from the cellars to sales and marketing. He then joined Percy Fox wine shippers where he managed many accounts, including Jean Thorin Burgundy, Lanson Champagne and Warre's Port. It was during his time at Percy Fox, he took, and passed the Master of Wine examinations. Laurence assumed the helm at Lanson UK in the early 1980s and was based for a while out of the Savoy Hotel in The Strand. He retired some 10 years later. In retirement, Laurence remained active on the golf course and as a Friend and photographer at the National Trust, who published his images, especially of Stowe House. He is missed by his loving wife Nona, to whom he was married for 60 years, his three children and six grandchildren.

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