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New Zealand’s Steve Smith MW awarded honorary doctorate

New Zealand’s Steve Smith MW awarded honorary doctorate

New Zealand wine industry stalwart and Master of Wine Steve Smith was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University at its 2024 Graduation on Friday, in recognition of his outstanding contribution as an alumni and Chancellor, and his successes in the New...

Master of Wine Alsace and Jura trip (14-20 April)

Master of Wine Alsace and Jura trip (14-20 April)

Like all the best ideas in life, this trip was dreamed up over a glass of wine (well, sherry actually) during the MW Jerez trip – when I asked Olivier Humbrecht MW if he would help me organise a trip to Alsace. Olivier also suggested the idea that the tiny Jura region...

Cathy van Zyl MW joins Old Vine Project Board of Directors

Cathy van Zyl MW joins Old Vine Project Board of Directors

This month, the Old Vine Project (OVP) announced that Cathy van Zyl MW has been appointed to their Board of Directors. Cathy joins alongside Arnold Scholtz and are amongst the latest to be appointed to the Board made up of Rosa Kruger and Eben van Wyk as existing...

In memoriam: Patrick Grubb MW

In memoriam: Patrick Grubb MW

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Patrick Grubb MW has passed away. Patrick Grubb passed the MW exam in 1958 aged 26, the youngest to have attained the title by that time. Respected and recognised by his colleagues, Patrick was chair of the...

Two Masters of Wine become Freemen of the Vintners’ Company

Two Masters of Wine become Freemen of the Vintners’ Company

Last month, the Vintners' Company inaugurated their 34 new Freemen at their Court of Binding ceremony. Of the 34, two are Masters of Wine Regine Lee MW and Jane Masters MW. Regine Lee MW, who became a Master of Wine in 2018, is currently Managing Director at Indigo...