2022 Dom Pérignon Golden Vines® Master of Wine Scholarship winners announced
Liquid Icons – the fine wine research and content production company founded by the late, great Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and his friend Lewis Chester DipWSET – are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 Dom Pérignon Golden Vines® Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Scholarships, as well as the recipients of the 2022 Golden Vines® Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships.
Forty-seven applications were submitted in 2022. The applicants came from 18 different countries, comprising more than 20 different nationalities and ethnicities. More than half of all applicants this year were women.
The winners were chosen by the same judging panel that is responsible for awarding the Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships. The judging panel comprised: Nina Basset FIH, Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines), Angela Scott (recipient of one of 2021’s inaugural Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships, working towards her MW), Clement Robert MS (The Birley Clubs / Annabel’s) and Head Judge Jancis Robinson OBE MW.
Jancis Robinson OBE MW, the head judge, commented: “Judging these awards is one of the most rewarding things I do. So many candidates had truly inspiring stories and the standard of applications this year was even higher than last year. It was extremely difficult to choose these scholars, but it’s definitely a job worth doing if we are to widen the range of those who work in wine, spirits and hospitality. There is such talent and enthusiasm out there, in people of all hues and ethnicities.”
The 2022 Dom Pérignon Golden Vines® Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Scholarships
The Dom Pérignon Golden Vines® Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Scholarships are each worth £12,500, and will cover the full costs of tuition, examination and tastings incurred by the student studying for these programmes. The scholarships are being funded by the Gérard Basset Foundation from monies raised at the Golden Vines® Awards Ceremony & Dinner to be held in the Palazzo Vecchio Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence on 16 October 2022.
The three winning scholars of the Masters of Wine Scholarships are Audrey Annoh-Antwi – Ghanian sommelier at Planque restaurant in east London, UK, Anjali Douglas, part-Indian educator at the headquarters of WSET in London, UK and Ana Bertha Gallegos Barcenas, Mexican branch manager at the SAQ in Québec, Canada.
The winner of the Master Sommelier Scholarship is Miyuki Morimoto, a well-travelled champion sommelier at the Conrad, Tokyo, Japan.
Vincent Chaperon, Chef de Cave of Dom Perignon, commenting on the inaugural Dom Pérignon Golden Vines® Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Scholarships, stated: “We are delighted that we received so many outstanding applications for our inaugural Golden Vines® Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Scholarships in partnership with Liquid Icons and the Gérard Basset Foundation. We welcome our worthy winners – Audrey, Anjali, Ana and Miyuki – into the Dom Pérignon family and wish them the best of luck with their studies to become Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.”
The 2022 Golden Vines® Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of the Wine Scholar Guild, 10 applicants to the Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships were awarded Golden Vines® Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships. Scholarship winners have the opportunity to specialise in the country of their choice, by selecting enrolment in one of the Wine Scholar Guild’s advanced French, Spanish or Italian Wine Scholar Certification Programs.
The 10 winning scholars for the 2022 Golden Vines® Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships are:
- Flex Aleo – Marvonnay, Canada
- Bento Amaral – Institute of Douro and Port, Wines (IVDP) and Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
- Diana Hawkins – D+F Wines Limited, New Zealand
- Ibrahim Kemer – LVMH, Turkey
- Mia Kodilinye – Bubble and Wine, United Kingdom
- Luma Monteiro – Davy’s Wine Merchants, United Kingdom
- Jeanne Peixian Qiao – Le Figaro, France
- Amrita Singh – amritasinghstudios.com and KEDGE Business School Career Centre, France
- Denzel Swarts – Simonsig Wine Estate, South Africa
- Sin Hang Tse – Ginsberg + Chan Wine, Merchants Asia, Hong Kong
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About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW exam, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the exam, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to uphold the highest standards of commercial conduct within the industry. Today, there are 419 Masters of Wine working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 376 students from 41 countries in the 2020-2021 MW study programme. The IMW works with 31 supporters and one academic and research associate, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Constellation Brands, the Madame Bollinger Foundation, and Waitrose and Partners.
About Liquid Icons:
Liquid Icons is a fine wine research and content production company founded by two friends to “do stuff in wine” – the late, great
Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET. We create first-class original content and research about the world’s greatest
fine wines and spirits. Our work encompasses motion picture, industry research, recognition and celebration of wine and spirits
excellence, charitable and fundraising activities, as well as educational initiatives.