3 March 2020 Newsletter
  The IMW

Seven new Masters of Wine

New MWsThe IMW was thrilled to announce seven new Masters of Wine on Friday 28 February 2020. The new members of the IMW are Vanessa Conlin MW (US), Elizabeth Kelly MW (UK), Pasi Ketolainen MW (Finland), Lin Liu MW (France), Curtis Mann MW (US), Beth Pearce MW (UK) and Ross Wise MW (Canada).

The total number of MWs in the world is now 396, based in 30 countries across the world. The first MW crop of 2020 shows the continued internationalisation of the IMW. The top six countries where MWs are based around the world are Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US. The new MWs will be formally welcomed to the IMW at the annual awards ceremony in London later this year.



New IMW website

New websiteThe new IMW website is in its final phase of testing and has been shared with Council, IMW education committees and those who gave us feedback at the end of 2019. We encourage you to check your profile on the new website to ensure that you appear in the relevant 'Find an MW' search results. You have full access to the MW and student only areas of the site, and can easily switch between the two by selecting the 'Student Area' button in the top right-hand corner. We look forward to bringing you further news by mid-March!

Please contact ktonitto@mastersofwine.org or skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org if you have any problems signing in to your profile.


Upcoming events

Lallemand seminar series

LallemandDate: 10 March 2020
Time: 11:00 – 14:00
Location: IMW HQ, 6 Riverlight Quay, London

Next week IMW supporter Lallemand will return to IMW HQ March for their latest seminar. The event will explore the topic of microbiological solutions in the vineyard and during winemaking in the context of climate change and will be presented by Ann Dumont M.Sc, Sam Harrop MW and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW. Tickets for this event are usually reserved for Masters of Wine and MW students only, however Lallemand have kindly offered a few exclusive tickets for general admission.



Save the date for two more London events - an Austrian Wine tasting on 29 April 2020 and a gold medal-winning UK sparkling wine tasting on 6 October 2020

MW trips

Hungary | 24-29 August 2020

HungaryWe are pleased to announce an MW trip will take place to Hungary from the 24-29 August for 20 members. The trip will feature focused seminars, broad regional tastings and vineyard visits, and will visit Tokaj, Lake Balaton, Szekszárd, Etyek and Villany. To apply for this trip please complete the online application form by Sunday 8 March. Places will be drawn using a lottery process and attendees will be required to pay a non-refundable IMW trip fee of £100 to secure their place. If you do not receive a place you will be added to the waiting list and notified if a space becomes available.



Read reviews of our most recent events and trips by Masters of Wine

Member news

Ashley Hausman MW

Ashley HAshley Hausman MW has recently joined GuildSomm as education director. At GuildSomm, Ashley will guide the direction of their educational content, develop materials, ensure that the website stays up to date, build partnerships, and more. She is optimistic for this change and to be working so closely with students and a wide array of global wine professionals. A reminder that as an MW you have access to a free GuildSomm lifetime membership. Log in to the members' area of the website to view the details of this offer.



Lisa Granik MW

Lisa GLisa Granik MW has released a new book entitled Wines of Georgia, which is said to be the first substantive, definitive book on Georgian wine. It is divided into topical chapters, with the introductory chapters on wine history also providing a general overview of Georgian wine culture. An extract from Tamlyn Currin's review on JancisRobinson.com: "Lisa doesn’t wear Feiring’s romantic rose-tinted spectacles or write with Capalbo’s magical pen that seems to capture things with the same vivid colour and beauty as her camera does. She doesn’t write with the wine tourist or foodie in mind. She writes as someone with the mind of an academic, grappling with the complexity of Georgia past, present and future." You can read the full review here (behind the paywall).



Tim Hanni MW

Tim HTim Hanni MW's company Wine Business Education is launching a new online, on-demand business of wine course, plus a suite of wine business financial calculators. The structure of the eight lesson self-study course follows the MW syllabus and is a project-based programme designed to provide a systematic approach to learning about the business(es) of making and selling wine. There is no time limit for any section or part of the course and it can be completed in a week for highly motivated students working several hours a day, or over a period of weeks or even months by anyone wishing to do the work over a longer time period.



Caroline Gilby MW

Caroline GCaroline Gilby MW has published a recent article Bosnia-Herzegovina - at the crossroads. You can read the full article via the link below, here is an extract: "The more I explore the countries of the former Yugoslavia, the more my fascination deepens for this corner of Europe. The country normally known as Bosnia-Herzegovina, or BiH for short (it consists of multiple entities: The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina along with Republika Srpska and the jointly administered district of BrĨko), seems to be a microcosm of the challenges of the Yugoslav period and beyond – at least from an outsider’s perspective. It’s also a fascinating, beautiful, dramatic, welcoming, and sometimes shocking, country to visit, with its wines helping to tell that story."



2020 'Gerard Basset' Global Fine Wine Report - Finger on the Pulse

Gerard B'Gerard Basset' Global Fine Wine Report – Finger on the Pulse was published last month. Nina Basset was thankful to all MWs and passed on this message: Thank you for your invaluable support of the report and the contribution to the Report from various MWs. The 2020 Report covers the period 2019 and predictions for the year ahead. It is based on more than 7,500 data points deconstructed from 1,637 responses received from 115 global fine wine market players – including 33 Masters of Wine and three Master Sommeliers – who are either based or operate in at least 33 countries across six continents. Log in to the members' area of the website to view the press release and download a copy of the report.


Grupo Rioja leading sustainable development in Rioja

Grupo RiojaIMW supporter Grupo Rioja is working on an ambitious sustainability plan in the fight against climate change, one of the fundamental goals for the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin. The plan embraces both the vines, with the encouragement of organic agriculture, the minimal use of phytosanitary products and water efficiency in the irrigation systems, and the winery, with reduced use of sulphur dioxide, lower emissions and the comprehensive treatment of waste.

The work of Grupo Rioja centres on fostering the competitive strength of its member companies, in the common goal of pursuing excellence in their wines through innovation projects which improve the industry’s sustainability. The two projects currently being developed - the Oídio Detection project and the Mildiu Look-out project - focus on combating downy and powdery mildew, two endemic diseases in Rioja, by developing predictive models which make it possible to limit the application of phytosanitary treatments to the absolute minimum.


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