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Constellation Brands awards stage 2 scholarship to MW student Robert Emery

Constellation Brands awards stage 2 scholarship to MW student Robert Emery

The Institute of Masters of Wine is pleased to announce that Constellation Brands has awarded a stage 2 scholarship to MW student Robert Emery. This is the second North America scholarship Constellation Brands, a major supporter of the Institute has awarded this academic year.

Robert has been working in wine for over twenty years and is now settled in Napa, California where he is the General Manager at Amici Cellars in Calistoga. He will receive $2,000 to support his preparation for the MW examination and will also be invited to Constellation Brands wineries to interact with personnel from winery production, marketing and Constellation Brands MWs – Nova Cadamatre MW, Mark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MW – for two days.

All North America based stage 2 students in the MW study programme were given the opportunity to win the scholarship, by submitting an essay on the following question, set by Constellation Brands: Fifty years ago, Robert Mondavi had a vision that California wines would one day be considered amongst the great wines of the world. To what extent has his vision come true, and what further opportunities should California wine address?

On hearing the news of his winning essay, Robert said, “Frankly I’m still shocked that I won because I know my fellow candidates are an incredibly talented group. I am most excited about the one-on-one time with the staff at Constellation, which I know will bring invaluable insights and perspective. I thank you very much for the opportunity!”

Peter Marks MW, Vice President of Wine Education at Constellation Brands, said, “Robert’s outstanding essay demonstrated a clear understanding of the successes, challenges, and opportunities of California wines in the global context. He embodied Mr. Mondavi’s philosophy that while we’ve made huge strides in the last 50 years, we still have room to grow the reputation and quality of Californian wines. We are delighted to award Robert this scholarship and excited to help him pursue his dream of becoming a Master of Wine.”

Earlier in the academic year, Constellation Brands awarded a scholarship to MW student Lauren McPhate, for her performance in the stage 1 assessment.


For more information please contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131

Notes to Editors:

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (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 examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others.  Today, there are 368 Masters of Wine working in 29 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more. There are over 350 students in the MW Study Programme from over 40 countries.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit