3 September 2019 Newsletter
  The IMW & the MW study programme

Eight new Masters of Wine

New MWsThe IMW was delighted to announce eight new Masters of Wine on Friday 30 August 2019. The new members of the IMW are Julien Boulard MW (PR China), Thomas Curtius MW (Germany), Dominic Farnsworth MW (UK), Lydia Harrison MW (UK), Heidi Mäkinen MW (Finland), Christine Marsiglio MW (UK), Edward Ragg MW (PR China) and Gus Jian Zhu MW (USA).

There are now 390 Masters of Wine, based in 30 countries across the world. The 2019 crop shows the increasing 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 USA.There are 14 Masters of Wine in the ‘2019 vintage’, as 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) were announced as MWs in February. They will all be formally welcomed to the IMW at the annual awards ceremony in November (details of how you can secure your place at the ceremony will follow in mid-September).



Stage two exam results and new academic year

Computer with books

Exam results for those who sat the stage two exams in 2019 were released on Monday 2 September 2019, following the announcement of the new MWs. Monday was also the day that those who applied to join the MW study programme found out whether they had been succesful. Of the 157 applications received, 63 percent of applicants were offered a place on the programme. All eligible students have been invited to register for the 2019-20 academic year via the Vine student portal by 23 September. A special thanks to all MWs for the incredible levels of support and engagement in the exam and applications process this year.


Would you like to join EventsCom Europe?

Burgundy tastingTwo places are currently available for Masters of Wine who are interested in joining the Events Committee (Europe). This is a volunteer position where MWs have the opportunity to develop a calendar of events for the IMW. EventsCom plans the IMW's global programme of annual events, which include tastings, seminars and debates. Interested MWs will need to provide 250 words outlining why they would like to join the committee and what they may bring to the role. Applications will close on 1 October 2019 with successful applicants being notified at the end of the month. Information about the role, key dates and the application form are available on the members' area of the website (click below). All MWs are welcome to apply.



Wine Institute becomes a major supporter

CWIIn August the IMW announced Wine Insitute as a major supporter, creating a partnership that will provide an in-depth educational programme focussed on the diverse wine regions throughout California. Wine Institute plans to work with the IMW’s network of MW wine educators in local markets around the world to participate in education programmes, and bring MWs both to and from California to be included in education efforts for media and trade. The alliance provides opportunities to educate the trade and consumers worldwide about the importance of sustainable winegrowing in California, what it means, how it will shape the future of the wine business, and how it impacts the quality of wine in their glass. The programmes will also cultivate an understanding of and an appreciation for wines from lesser known California regions in key markets around the world.



The Family of Twelve annual wine tutorial

Family of TwelveThe Family of Twelve hosted 12 dynamic and engaged wine professionals in Auckland for their second annual Wine Tutorial. The lucky twelve were selected from a long list of applicants from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Over two and a half immersive days the participants were tutored and challenged to be the best that they could be in a series of compelling blind-tasting workshops by Family members and Stephen Wong MW. The Family are very pleased to name Josh Pointon, of Wellington, New Zealand, as the winner of the ‘Institute of Masters of Wine Prize’. As the participant showing most promise for the MW study programme Josh will travel to Adelaide, sponsored by the IMW, to attend two days of the study programme seminar in November.



2019 AGMs and MW get together

MW get together

Date: 10 September 2019
Time: 1400h-1615h and 1700h-2100h 
Location: London

The Annual General Meetings of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Institute of Masters of Wine North America and Masters of Wine Endowment Company will take place at Vintners' Hall on Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 1400h. All the paperwork for the AGMs is available on the IMW website, which you can access here by logging into the members’ area

We hope to see you at the AGMs but if you are unable to attend in person, they will be streamed live this year so you can watch from your home or office. Details of how to sign up for the live stream have been sent to you separately, and can also be seen on the AGMs page here.

Following the AGMs, we have organised a get together for all MWs. At the close of the meetings at Vintners' Hall transport will be provided to take you to a private bar and terrace in Finsbury Square, provided kindly by our supporters, Silicon Valley Bank. There will be Bollinger and canapés, and we’d also love you to bring a bottle or two of something interesting to share with your fellow MWs. Security at SVB is strict, so please RSVP below if you haven't already.



21 Club lunch

Date: 7 October 201921 Club
Time: 1230h
Location: London

On behalf of John Casson MW, the IMW invites eligible members to attend the annual 21 Club lunch on Monday 7 October 2019. The club celebrates those members who have been a Master of Wine for 21 years or more. This year, the 1998 vintage will be joining the club. The three-course meal will include a Champagne apéritif provided by the Madame Bollinger Foundation. You are also encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share with your fellow MWs. Please RSVP to Belinda Eaton, beaton@mastersofwine.org by 23 September 2019, along with any dietary requirements.


Annual Claret tasting (2015 vintage)

Claret tastingDate: 5 November 2019
Time: 0930h-1400h
Location: London
Availability: Limited tickets available for MWs and MW students

Tickets for this year's Claret tasting have sold in record time! General admission tickets have sold out however a limited number of tickets are still available for MWs and MW students. The 2019 event will be showcasing the 2015 vintage of the Grands Crus Classés from the Médoc, Pessac Léognan, St Emilion and the top Pomerol estates, including most of the First Growths and their Right Bank equivalents. The annual walk-around tasting is a rare opportunity to review one vintage of Bordeaux two years after bottling and compare wines of the highest quality across all Bordeaux’s top appellations. The tasting will take place at Vintners' Hall in London, and there will be three sessions to choose from; morning tasting, afternoon tasting and the blind tasting. 

For members, the Claret tasting will be followed by the annual awards ceremony in the evening. Details of how to confirm your place will be available in mid-September




VDPDate: 17 October 2019
Location: Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St. James's, London 
Session 1: 1000h – 1300h
Session 2: 1430h – 1730h

We are pleased to be partnering with VDP.Prädikatsweingüter Deutschland to bring you an exclusive tasting of the new Vintage of VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS®. This is a rare opportunity to explore dry wines from VDP.GROSSE LAGE® vineyards. During the day you will have the chance to taste over 100 VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® wines from the current vintages (2018 for white and 2017 for reds) as well as other vintages not yet released to the market, from all regions in Germany.

For this event, and a first for the IMW, we will host VDP’s popular tasting format in London. The setup is ideal for professionals; you remain seated and your personal wine selection will be poured for you at your convenience. There is a limited number of tickets available for purchase for this event with two sessions available to choose from. Tickets will be announced in the next few days. 

Save the date for a Champagne masterclass on 5 December 2019 in London. 

Member news

Alistair Cooper MW launches Latin American Wine Guide

AlistairAlistair Cooper MW has recently launched the first edition of his Latin American Wine Guide. The guide is free to access at www.latinamericanwineguide.com and is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. It was written in conjunction with Cata d’Or Wine Awards, Latin America’s longest standing and most respected wine competition. Alistair and Pablo Ugarte, executive director of Cata d’Or Wine Awards, tasted over 900 wines in January of this year visiting Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. Alistair said, "I am fortunate to visit Chile several times each year, and every time I discover new and exciting projects. Getting to know and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of both Brazil and Uruguay over the past few years has also been a revelation. The guide is intended not just as a tool for consumers, but also for importers and distributors globally who may be looking for upcoming wines that may not be represented in their markets."

Michael Palij MW's gin wins at the International Spirits Challenge

Michael PalijCongratulations to Michael Palij MW for receiving a Gold Medal, Trophy and Supreme Champion for Design and Packaging for his Smeaton's Bristol Method Dry Gin, in the International Spirits Challenge. Smeaton's recreates a hand-written 1870s recipe discovered in the historic Bristol Archives on Smeaton Road. The gin is crafted according to the original Bristol Method, fresh botanicals are individually distilled in traditional copper pots according to their season.


Jonas Tofterup MW's research paper

JonasDecanter have published an article by Jonas Tofterup MW, which covers his MW study programme research paper topic Travel shock: Myth or reality? Jonas - who became an MW in February this year - investigates if it could be the case that a bottle of wine transported from point A to B, tastes different in its new location. Jonas writes, "Have you ever had the feeling that a bottle of wine you know really well does not taste as you expected it to after it has travelled with you? Have you ever been disappointed with wines you have brought home after a trip? If your answer is ‘yes’, then it’s possible you dismissed your reaction and thought it was your memory of the wine that was at fault. However, there are plenty of anecdotal comments on wine forums, blogs and websites claiming that wines definitely do suffer after being transported. The term used for this is travel shock."



Wine Guide 2020 by the three dutch MWs

De WijnidsFrank Smulders MW, Job de Swart MW and Cees van Casteren MW have produced a Wine Guide 2020 - De Wijngids - an unique collaboration of the three MWs in Holland. Together, they selected 400 of the best wines under €25. Cees told the IMW, "Excellent team work for a wine guide with an innovation: we tasted blind (as is obvious from the blindfolds on the cover!), gave a score AND a value (what’s the wine worth to you?). The highest scoring wines came first, but the difference between perceived value and consumer price determined the sequence, and in the end, which wines made it in the guide."


Profile of Tim Wildman MW

Tim WildmanThe Buyer recently profiled Tim Wildman MW and his pet nat winemaking business, Astro Bunny. As Tim explains to The Buyer, what started out as a dare has resulted in him completely changing his wine career to become a bona fide winemaker in his own right. The article states, "There are very few winemakers who would readily admit that in the early days they were literally making it up as they went along. But that’s very much the approach that self-taught winemaker, Tim Wildman MW, took when he first had a go making pet nat wines in Australia. Now on the verge of his fifth vintage he is really beginning to make a name for himself Down Under and can claim to be the biggest importer of pet nat wines into the UK."


Member opportunities

Invite for MWs: A perspective on vintage tasting

Napa ValleyDate: 1 November 2019
Time: 1030h-1330h
Location: 67 Pall Mall, London

Napa Valley Vintners are holding a blind tasting of current and library vintages of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines on 1 November 2019 at 67 Pall Mall, London. This exclusive tasting is an opportunity to discover the sublime quality, vintage-to-vintage variation and ageability of wines from America’s top viticultural area. You’ll taste a three-vintage vertical from 19 top Napa Valley wineries including wines dating from the 1990s and early 2000s. This invitation is open to qualified members of the wine trade and media particularly all Masters of Wine and MW students.



Silicon Valley Bank seek Master of Wine for wine tasting


Date: 6 November 2019
Time: 1845h – 2100h
Location: Silicon Valley Bank, Alphabeta 14-18 Finsbury Square, London 

IMW supporter Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is seeking a Master of Wine to host and provide a guided intimate wine tasting on 6 November 2019. There would be up to 15 attendees at the event who would be looking to sample a number of top quality wines. SVB have an onsite catering team who could provide pairing canapes. This is a volunteer opportunity with applications closing on Monday 21 October 2019. Please contact Kate Love at SVB for details.



Club Oenologique: MW complimentary subscription

OenologiqueClub Oenologique’s magazine offers access to fine wines and spirits, art, theatre, literature and architecture. Issue 3 reports on the collectability of books like Shakespeare’s First Folio, on the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of Karuizawa, the whisky that might never have been, on Stonestreet Farms in Kentucky, owner of the legendary Curlin, and on Screaming Eagle. To take up this offer, contact Club Oenologique marketing and events executive Silvia Rizzo.



GuildSomm: Membership and new podcast

GuildSommAs a Master of Wine you receive a lifetime membership to GuildSomm (details on the website here if you haven't already taken up this offer!). Additionally, you can listen to GuildSomm's podcasts. The newest podcast features two parts which may be of interest to you. The first half is an interview with Mary Margaret McCamic MW about the MW study programme research paper (in general and hers specifically), and the second half is a tribute to Gerard Basset MW. It is available on their website (below), iTunes and Spotify.



Alto Jahuel, the jewel in the Alto Maipo crown tasting

Santa RitaDate: 23 September 2019
Time: 1030h-1230h
Location: IMW HQ, Riverlight Quay, London

Santa Rita Estates are inviting MWs to a tasting with Carmen winemaker Emily Faulconer on Monday 23 September 2019 at the IMW HQ, London. Emily will be presenting an in-depth study of this key Cabernet Sauvignon wine growing area regarded by many as ‘the Bordeaux of South America’. You are invited to join Emily for the tasting and presentation of wines focusing on the analysis of results from recent research and the effects altitude and terroir have on this renowned wine producing region.



Willi Klinger becomes new managing director of Wein & Co

WilliOn 1 January 2020, Willi Klinger will assume management of Austria’s leading wine retailer Wein & Co, which since 2018 has been part of the German conglomerate Hawesko Holding AG, one of the world’s leading wine sales operations. In this role, Willi will also become a member of the Hawesko Group’s ‘corporate strategy circle’. Willi will be turning over the management of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) to his successor Chris Yorke, after serving for thirteen years. Willi said, ‘The return to Wine & Co is a true highlight of my career in the wine business and quite an emotional matter for me, because I was there twenty-six years ago, when we – with founder Heinz Kammerer and a great deal of effort – brought this baby into the world. I look forward to working with a young team as part of this perfectly managed Hamburg-based corporate group, which will give us the necessary support for the creative development of our Austrian cult brand. In addition, I can remain connected with my many old friends and acquaintances in the wine world – not least with the great team at the AWMB’.



Jackson Family Wines' Yangarra’s High Sands Grenache named Wine of the Year

Jackson Family WinesJames Halliday announced the Yangarra 2016 High Sands Grenache as Wine of the Year at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2020. Described by Halliday as "the king” of Australian Grenache, the recent recognition for Yangarra’s High Sands Grenache builds on momentum from previous years. In 2016, Halliday named Peter Fraser (pictured) Winemaker of the Year and last year the 2015 High Sands Grenache was one of Halliday’s top wines in the 'Other Red' category. Additionally, Peter was nominated for Winemaker of the Year in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s annual Wine Star Awards in 2018. Peter has been the driving force behind Yangarra since joining the estate in 2001, the same year Jackson Family Wines acquired the property. Peter said, “We are grateful to Barbara Banke and the Jackson family for their clear vision to make world-class wines. I consider myself fortunate to work within that ethos and for the confidence that they have shown in us.”


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