1 September 2017

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It only happens twice a year...and that time is nearly here! We will announce the latest crop of new MWs on Monday 4 September 2017. We look forward to sharing this exciting news on Monday, which is also the day all students who sat the MW examination in June will find out their results.


Masters of Wine Endowment Auction, 16 November 2017, London

Auction 2017.pngOur spectacular Auction and Dinner will take place on 16 November 2017 at the international auction house Bonhams in London. This once in a lifetime event will enable guests to bid for a number of Super Lots - extraordinary exclusive experiences from the great wine regions in the world - whilst enjoying a superb dinner with exquisite fine wines. Up to 100 online Lots will also be available from 1 November 2017. Tables are being sought by the world’s elite, who will be able to bid for the Super Lots and enjoy the exceptional dinner wines (see the list here). The full list of Super Lots will be available, and shared, from 5 September 2017. Tables are priced at £10,000 (incl VAT), individual seats up to a maximum of five are priced at £1,000 (incl VAT). Expressions of interest for tables should be sent to Penny Richards. For further details see: www.mastersofwine.org/auction


Symposium Launch Event, 5 September 2017, London

Symposium launch.pngTo launch the Institute's 9th International Symposium, MWs and other opinionati will participate in an evening of 'vinologues'. The event takes place on Tuesday 5 September 2017, 1830-2000 at our headquarters, 6 Riverlight Quay, SW11 8EA (the evening before the Institute's AGM in London). Along with a Cava reception, wines from Symposium Sponsors FCV and Spanish tapas treats, we will be getting a taster of the ‘Living Wine’ 2018 Symposium topics through a series of lively three-minute monologues. The Living Wine 2018 programme topics can be found here



VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE Tasting: The New Releases, 6 September 2017, London

VDP.pngThe Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) is bringing the finest German Rieslings to London. On Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Institute will hold an exclusive tasting of the newly released vintages of VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE. Anne Krebiehl MW will be selecting up to 60 of the best Riesling GGs from classic Riesling regions for this walkaround tasting. Attendees will be amongst the first people worldwide to try the wines; white GGs are only released on 1 September of the year following the harvest. The tasting will take place at Vintners' Hall, London (68 Upper Thames St, EC4V 3BG), from 0930-1230. For Institute Members, this is prior to the Institute's AGM. Anyone can attend by purchasing a ticket, prices are £30 for MWs, £40 for MW students and £50 for all other guests (all inclusive of VAT). Book your place here


Annual General Meeting, 6 September 2017, London 

Newsletter AGM (2).pngThe Institute’s Annual General Meeting (and that of the IMW North America), will take place from 1345 on Wednesday 6 September 2017, at Vintners’ Hall, following the above Riesling GG tasting. During the meeting we will be hearing from the Chairman Jane Masters MW, from Executive Director Penny Richards, who will give a report on the last year at the Institute and we will be reviewing the Annual Accounts. We look forward to seeing as many Members as possible at the meeting.



The Semillon Sessions, 7 September 2017, London

Semillon.pngBouchon Family Wines, Aresti, Carmen and J.A Jofre invite MWs and MW students to the Semillon Sessions, hosted by four leading Semillon producers. All who are passionately committed to rescuing and reviving this historic variety in Chile. The tasting will show diverse and refreshingly new styles currently emerging from Chile’s old vine Semillon - presented by Chile’s new wave of edgy winemakers, who are experimenting with alternative winemaking techniques and radical new approaches. Other styles of Semillon from around the world will also be tasted. The format will be a masterclass and panel debate chaired by Richard Hemming MW and co-hosted by the winemakers of Bouchon Family Wines, Aresti, Carmen and J.A Jofré. The event takes place at the Institute's headquarters, 6 Riverlight Quay, SW11 8EA from 1030 to 1200. To register your place, e-mail caroline@cmpark.co.uk


The 13th Annual Champagne Tasting, 25 September 2017, San Francisco

Newsletter Champagne Tasting NA (3).pngThe 13th Annual Champagne Tasting will be held at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco on Monday 25 September 2017. This event is one of the largest and most prestigious tastings of top quality champagne in North America. The seated afternoon event will be led by Charles Curtis MW and Tim Marson MW and will feature curated flights of 2006 vintage selections, while the walk-around tastings will include many exceptional champagnes, both vintage and non-vintage, organised by style: non-dosé, brut, dosé, blanc de blancs/noirs, rosé...The 1300 to 1500 seated tasting of 2006 vintage selections is a wonderful prelude to the evening grand walkaround tasting which is held in two sessions: 1600 to 1800 and 1830 to 2030. Tickets for the seated tasting and the 1600 to 1800 walkaround tasting are now sold out. A few tickets for the 1830 to 2030 grand walkaround tasting are still available, priced at $75.00. Digital lists of the champagne selections will be emailed one week prior to the event. For more information and to buy tickets, see here


Yarra Valley Wine Women, 28 September 2017, London

Yarra Valley (1).pngThe Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s most recognised and visited wine regions. Located on Melbourne’s doorstep, it has more than 150 wine brands, 85 cellar-doors and 65 wine production facilities. Within this pool is a group of women winemakers challenging the statistics of the industry average. This group manage 12% of those 150 wine brands and have a collective 200 years experience within the industry. The announcement that Wine Australia will partner with the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards has been the incentive to formalise and brand the existing collaboration of local female winemakers, as Yarra Valley Wine Women (YVWW), and together they will represent the Yarra Valley for a masterclass and tasting at the Institute's headquarters. They will present a selection of current and museum Yarra Valley wines in a masterclass entitled Here for the Long Haul: A 10 year story of the Yarra Valley 2005-2015. The masterclass and tasting will be held at the Institute of Masters of Wine, on Thursday 28 September from 1000 to 1130 for the masterclass and 1145 to 1300 for the tasting. To secure you place, contact Cathy Phelan; info@sutherlandestate.com.au 


Curly Flat Pinot Noir Technical Tasting Seminar, 16 October 2017, London

Curly Flat.pngHave you ever wondered how the individual components of one of Australia’s greatest pinot noirs taste? On Monday 16 October 2017 you will have the rare opportunity to taste, in isolation, how different pinot noir clones and different winemaking methods affect the taste sensation. The seminar concludes with a tasting of finished wine, to bring together the sum of the parts of the elements involved in getting the best expression from the land. Curly Flat’s owner Jeni Kolkka will present a selection of her trials, along with a member of her estate team, to explain the philosophy and precision evolution of Curly Flat to the top flight producer it is today. This unique seminar, which promises to explore how these individual factors influence the flavour profile of top quality cool climate Aussie pinot noir. The Seminar will take place from 1845 to 2100 at The Institute of Masters of Wine, 6 Riverlight Quay, SW11 8EA. Tickets are priced at £30 for MWs, £45 for MW Students and £65 for Guests. For full details and to book your ticket, see here


4th Annual Cabernet from the Americas Tasting, 30 October 2017, San Francisco

American Cab Instagram (1).pngBuilding on the success of the last three years, this tasting features over 100 top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the USA. This year, for the first time, selections will include ‘the other’ Cabernet grape – Cabernet Franc – with fine examples of both varieties from both North and South America. This event has established itself as one of the largest and most important tastings of its kind in the country, and is a must for wine students, trade professionals and keen amateurs with an interest in America’s most important red grape variety and in its finest wines. Held at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, the 1600 to 1730 seated tasting, moderated by Mary Margaret McCamic MW, will be led by a panel of some of California’s most highly-regarded winemakers, comparing top wines made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The extensive walk around tasting will follow the panel tasting from 1730 to 1800 and will include many outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc wines from across the USA, Canada, Chile, and Argentina. Tickets are $90 for the seated panel tasting and $65 for the walk around tasting, combined tickets for both are $135. A limited number of reduced rate tickets are available to MWs, MW students, full-time wine industry professionals and registered WSET Diploma students. Please purchase tickets early, as this event sells out quickly. For full details and to buy tickets, see here

Have you got your ticket? - Living Wine, International Symposium, June 2018


The Institute’s next Symposium will take place from 14 to 17 June 2018 in Logroño, the centre of the Rioja region of Spain. Living Wine will be the 9th International Symposium and will examine the world of wine from numerous and new angles. Anyone can attend the Symposium by buying a ticket. Over 400 attendees will enjoy a fascinating, fun, action-packed long weekend which will include many of the top personalities in the wine world, both as speakers and delegates. The Living Wine Symposium will be a thought-provoking, network-enabling and taste bud- salivating few days which will leave you enriched and delighted. Details of the confirmed speakers and sessions are available on the website www.livingwine2018.com - more will be revealed over the coming weeks and months. See here to view the programme and confirmed speakers, and to buy your ticket


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Sherry Tasting, 24 July 2017, Los Angeles , review by Amy Christine MW

Sherry Tasting.pngBuilding on the success of the June 2016 Syrah tasting, the IMW Sherry Tasting was held in Los Angeles at The Wine House on 24 July 2017. Ten wines were featured in the well-received sold out seated panel moderated by Amy Christine MW, with panel speakers Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW and Peter Koff MW. Jennifer gave an in-depth presentation on Jerez viticulture and vinification, providing a valuable educational event in support of IMW theory exams and WSET diploma students, as well as offering the opportunity to taste all styles of Sherry, from Fino to Cream. The ten wine seated tasting featured classics from producers including Gonzales Byass, Bodegas Yuste and Toro Albala. The following walk-around portion of the tasting featured 53 Sherry selections in ten different styles. The tasting was the second Institute event in Los Angeles, and we look forward to continuing to raise awareness of the IMW in Southern California! 


MW Get Together - TEXSOM, 12 August 2017, Texas

Texsom (1).pngIn August, the Institute organised a casual MW get-together at TEXSOM, the annual sommelier conference in Texas. Held on Saturday 12 August, Members enjoyed nibbles, Bollinger and their own BYO bottles. Those who attended (pictured left) were:

  • Top row - Mary Ewing Mulligan MW, Jane Skilton MW, Jean Reilly MW, Bree Boskov MW, Mary Margaret McCamic MW
  • Middle row – Mary Gorman McAdam MW, Christy Canterbury MW, Sheri Morano MW
  • Bottom row – Matt Deller MW

We are planning more IMW activities at trade events soon, including SommCon in November in San Diego, Unified in California in January, and Vin Expo in March 2018. 


Israel MW Trip, 22 to 26 April 2018

Israel Trip - Golan Heights.jpgIsrael’s wine industry has bloomed over the last decade, experiencing a real renaissance in the winemaking region. This Master of Wine tour, organised by Israel's first MW Eran Pick, will give 12 Masters of Wine the chance to experience the new quality and variety of Israel’s wines, discover the unique landscape from which Israel’s wines have emerged and learn about the technology and research that Israel's winemakers are utilising. All accommodation, meals and internal travel will be provided. Masters of Wine will need to arrive in Ben Gurion Airport by lunchtime on 22 April 2018. MWs can leave on the morning of 26 April, but are also being offered an optional extra day of non-wine sightseeing, to a few locations. The full iternery can be found on the below link. As always, places on the trip are open to all MWs, and will be drawn from a lottery. To be part of the draw, please email events@mastersofwine.org by Monday 4 September 2017. View the itinerary and further details here


Gerard Basset MW MS OBE

Decanter speak to Gerard, one of the very few people in the world to hold both the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles.

Meg Brodtmann MW

As a judge of the New World Wine Awards, Meg is featured in an article which reveals the number of entries of Pinot Noir has surpassed that of Sauvignon Blanc, for the first time since the competition began.

Sam Caporn MW

Sam is involved with the new release of a drinks podcast called It’s The Drink Talking, with the aim of helping listeners to drink better, not more.

Adrian Garforth MW (IMW Vice Chairman)

Adrian is featured in A Sip of New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from The Crossings.

David Gleave MW

In her FT column, Jancis Robinson MW gives a toast to Liberty Wines’ David Gleave MW (behind the paywall)

Lisa Granik MW

Lisa is leading a visit to Georgia, with a group of seven wine professionals from the United States.

Tim Hanni MW

Tim gives Forbes his perspective on alcoholism and addiction in the wine industry.  

Adam LaPierre MW

With new Lidl stores opening in the US, Adam gives a walk through of Lidl's wines and why the US should be excited about them.

Dermot Nolan MW

Dermot talks to the Irish Independent about how the craft beer movement has shaped consumers interest in wine.

Michael Palij MW

Micheal shares his recipe for a perfect tasting with the Australian Daily Telegraph.

Barbara Philip MW

Barbara discusses the Oregon Wine Competition, which started in August.

Eran Pick MW

Eran is featured in the Drinks Business 'The Proust Q&A'.

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW

Jennifer's book Pairing with the Masters: A Definitive Guide to Food and Wine is acknowledged in an article on food and wine pairings.

Steve Smith MW

Steve's new fine wine start-up with Brian Sheth is mentioned, with their first purchase of two New Zealand wineries.

Jane Skilton MW

Jane is featured in an article titled Taste and see - a beginner's guide to appreciating wine.



Constellation Brands awards MW scholarship to student Lauren McPhate

CBrands.pngConstellation Brands, a Major Supporter of the Institute, has introduced two annual MW Study Programme scholarships for students based in North America. The first of the scholarships has been awarded to MW student Lauren McPhate, for achieving the highest overall score of a North American student in the stage 1 assessment. The assessment is the exam taken at the end of stage 1 and involves a 12-wine blind tasting paper and two theory essays. Lauren, a Fine Wine Specialist based in New York, sat the stage 1 assessment in June this year and will now progress to stage 2 of the MW Study Programme. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship award sponsored by from Constellation Brands to help on her MW study journey. She will also be invited to visit the Robert Mondavi Winery for a tour of the vineyards and winery, and to taste some special wines. Lauren will be welcomed and hosted on the visit by two Masters of Wine and Constellation Brands employees, Mark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MWRead the full press release here


Jackson Family Wines considers English sparkling project

Jackson.pngInstitute Major Supporter Jackson Family Wines has expressed a serious interest in England for the group’s next vineyard investment. Barbara Banke toured English vineyards with a view to possibly buying land in the south of the country during her most recent visit to the UK, which was in June this year. Owner of the company, Barbara – wife of the late Jess Jackson who she built up the wine business with – came to the UK in June with five winemakers from Oregon to promote the Jackson family’s newly-expanded presence in the State through two masterclasses in London (one for trade and press and a further event for Masters of Wine and MW students). At the end of each masterclass, Barbara was asked where she might consider investing next, and in both cases, she said that she was considering an English sparkling wine project. Although the comment might appear designed to appease her UK audience, in an exclusive interview with the drinks business following her final event in London, Barbara expressed a serious interest in the creation of an English sparkling wine. Read the full article here


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