5 October 2018


  New IMW Chairman and AGM video

At the IMW's Annual General Meeting in September Adrian Garforth MW was elected as the Chairman of your Institute of Masters of Wine. He replaces Jane Masters MW, who served in this capacity for the two-year term. You can hear from Adrian in the above message to Members and read more about Adrian’s appointment on the website here. As Chairman, Adrian will head up the IMW’s Council, an elected board of 12 Masters of Wine, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the IMW. The IMW’s Council is:

AGM video 

Masters of Wine AGMFor those of you unable to attend the three AGMs linked to the Institute (IMW, IMW North America and the Masters of Wine Endowment Company), a video of the meetings is now available on the Members' area of the website here.


MW study programme

Change to the research paper timeframe 

Research Paper TimeframeThe IMW has introduced a new timeframe for MW candidates submitting research paper proposals (RPP) and research papers (RP):

  • RP candidates must have an approved RPP within two years of passing the closed book parts of the exam
  • RP candidates must receive a pass for their RP within five years of passing the closed book part of the exam

These timeframes took effect from 1 September 2018 for all students currently in the RP stage and those who passed the two closed book parts of the exam in September 2018. This means that all RP candidates (including those who passed the closed book exam before 2018) must have their RPP approved by 1 September 2020 and must receive a passing grade for an RP by 1 September 2023.
Did you know anyone can request a copy of a previous research paper? Find out more here: www.mastersofwine.org/rp

Study programme scholarships

Study programme scholarshipsThe IMW continues to receive generous support for students in the study programme with offers of bursaries, prizes and scholarships. The most recent, which students are currently applying for, are the George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship in honour of Mary Margaret McCamic MW's father, and a MW student scholarship from the Conversion Fund. This fund will be giving up to 10 scholarships a year to stage 2 students – for £5000 each. You can see details of all scholarships and how students apply for them by logging in to the student area of the website here.

Information session - Los Angeles, 18 October 2018

Information sessionsEvery year and around the world the IMW holds introductory courses and hour long information sessions to raise awareness of the MW study programme and to provide information to prospective students. Information sessions provide an overview of the study programme and an opportunity for potential students to ask questions to the IMW team and Masters of Wine. The next session will be in LA, led by Amy Christine MW and Penny Richards on 18 October 2018. Please do encourage any potential students you may know in the area to come along. Further details and how to book can be found here


A new model for terroir? - seminar and seated tasting

Location: IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London 
 15 October 2018
Time: 1830 – 2030
Price: MWs £25, MW students £30, general admission £45
Find out more and book tickets

Considering Merlot - panel tasting

Location: Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, 555 North Point St, San Francisco
Date: 27 October 2018
Time: 1400 – 1600
Price: MWs $50, MW students $70, general admission $100
Find out more and book tickets

Members only dinner and get together

Location: China Live, 644 Broadway, San Francisco
Date: 27 October 2018
Time: 1800 reception, 1900 dinner
RSVPs must be sent to Doug Frost, winedog@att.net by 15 October 2018
Find out more and confirm your place

Cru Beaujolais seminar

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder, 2601 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado
Date: 2 November 2018
Time: 1100 – 1230
Price: $85 per person
Find out more and book tickets

Annual Claret tasting (2014 vintage)

Location: Vintners' Hall, 68 Upper Thames St, London
Date: 6 November 2018
Price: MWs £45, MW students £50, general admission £85
Find out more and book tickets

Annual awards ceremony (Members only)

Location: Vintners' Hall, 68 Upper Thames St, London
Date: 6 November 2018
Time: 1730 - 2100
Confirm attendance

The fine wines of New Zealand - an exploration of the greatest New Zealand Chardonnay and Pinot

Save the date!
 IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London 
Date: 3 December 2018
Time: 1500 – 1700

English and Welsh Sparkling tasting

Save the date!
 IMW, 6 Riverlight Quay, London 
Date: 4 December 2018
Time: 1030 – 1230


Gerard Basset MW

Congratulations to Gerard Basset MW who has been awarded The 37th Masi Prize. Established 37 years ago by the Masi Foundation, the Prize celebrates the creativity of people and institutions committed to promoting the founding values of society and civil living. You can watch video of Gerard here

Steve Charters MW

Xerfi Canal recently interviewed Steve Charters MW - Professor of Wine Marketing, Burgundy School of Wine and Spirits - to discuss French consumers' consumption of foreign wines. Watch the video here 

John Downes MW

John Downes MW has recently started a new on-going event which uses wine to help businesses make better decisions. Over 90 minutes John and behavioural economist Greg Davies PhD use blind tasting to explore decision biases, explain techniques to correct them, and help participants make better decisions every day. See John's websites to find out more.

Caroline Gilby MW

Caroline Gilby MW will host Discover the Modern Wines of Bulgaria on 1 November 2018 at the Bulgarian embassy. This trade tasting and masterclass will showcase a range of new wave producers, some of whom have never been seen in the UK before. Caroline has spent most of her career in wine following the challenges faced and enormous progress in Bulgaria's wine industry and has recently published her first book The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and MoldovaTo find out more see here. To register your place email vaskovino@gmail.com

Tim Wildman MW

Tim Wildman MW will be running his annual James Busby Travel trip to Australia later this month - now in its ninth year. Tim is planning big things for the tenth year anniversary in 2019 and would be pleased to hear from any Member with a buying remit for Australia in their role who might be interested in joining the trip next year. You can find out more and see reports from previous trips at www.jamesbusbytravel.com. For further details please contact Tim directly

Four new MWs share the lessons they learned

SevenFifty Daily spoke to North America’s four new MWs to find out more about the work they do, the lessons they learned while pursuing the MW, and how they celebrated after getting the news of their hard-won achievement. Read the article here

Media trip - Piedmont

IEM, the company who manage logistics for IMW Supporter Istituto Grandi Marchi, is inviting Masters of Wine who are journalists to an Italian media trip at the end of this year. The trip, promoted by the Consorzio dell’ Asti, will take place between 28 November and 2 December 2018 in Piedmont. All the costs for travel, accommodation and meals during the trip will be covered. For full details and the draft itinerary, log into the Members' area of the website here.

Examiners needed for the WSET Level 4 Diploma

WSET Awards - the division of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust responsible for assessing WSET qualifications – is seeking subject-specialist examiners for the WSET Level 4 Diploma. Applicants should have a wine education background, but cannot be actively involved in teaching or administering WSET programmes of study. Full training and support will be provided. For further details please contact Matthew Forster MW 

Supporter news

Austrian Wine Marketing Board recently hosted an MW trip, themed ‘Along the Danube’

MW trip to AustriaIMW Principal Supporter the Austrian Wine Marketing Board recently hosted an MW trip, themed ‘Along the Danube’. The trip, from 13 to 16 September 2018 covered the eight winegrowing regions influenced by the Danube River and included:

  • lunch and tasting at an authentic ‘Heurigen’ (wine tavern) in the middle of Vienna’s renowned Nussberg vineyard, in front of the stunning backdrop of the capital city’s skyline
  • insights into latest developments concerning the DAC system of origin
  • in-depth understanding of how microclimate, soil, vineyard and vinification techniques and the winemaker’s philosophy influence the distinctive regional expressions of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling
  • discussion and tasting with winegrowers on the terrace of Göttweig Abbey – overlooking the neighbouring regions Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental and Wachau
  • an introduction to new v. vinifera disease-resistant cultivars developed at the Federal College of Viticulture, Oenology and Pomology in Klosterneuburg
  • the food-friendliness of the Pinot family from along the Danube – accompanying dinner at a Michelin 2-star restaurant
  • gaining familiarity with the up-and-coming red wine terroirs and autochthonous grape varieties of Carnuntum

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board said, “Thank you to all MWs for their participation, enthusiasm, many exciting in-depth discussions and kind feedback on the trip! We are already looking forward to future travels, sharing ‘The Art of Wine. Down to Earth’. The Austrian Wine Marketing Board and the Wine Academy Austria would also like to congratulate the recent ten new Masters of Wine; we are proud that six of them began their successful journey in Rust!” 

Paul Symington to step down as chairman after 40 years

Paul Symington Paul Symington is stepping down from his role as chairman and joint managing director of his family’s Port business, Symington Family Estates (an IMW Supporter), at the end of this year after four decades. Paul will be succeeded by his cousin, Johnny Symington, who will become chairman, while Rupert Symington, previously joint managing director with Paul, will become CEO. In a statement sent to the drinks business, Paul explained: “After 40 years working in my family company, the last 16 years as chairman, I will be stepping back at the year end. I will continue, of course, as part owner of our family company and will chair our Family Council. My direct responsibilities will be shared amongst my cousins, with Johnny becoming chairman and Rupert CEO, closely supported by my brother Dom and my cousin Charles who is head of viticulture and winemaking."
Read more here 


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