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MW students Phillip Anderson and Lindsay Groves receive SommFoundation, David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship

MW students Phillip Anderson and Lindsay Groves receive SommFoundation, David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship

The Institute of Masters of Wine is thrilled to announce that two MW students have been selected for the annual SommFoundation, David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship. Phillip Anderson and Lindsay Groves have been awarded $2,500 (USD) to assist with the cost of their studies.

The mission of SommFoundation (The Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation) is to assist wine and spirits professionals to achieve the highest level of proficiency and accreditation in the food and beverage industry. SommFoundation provides enrichment opportunities and scholarships to sommeliers, restaurant professionals, wine journalists, and winemakers to elevate the level of competency in the understanding of the world of wine and spirits. The David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship, sponsored by David and Diane Carpenter, was created to support the mission of SommFoundation. The Carpenters work to collaborate with a wide range of wine organisations in an effort to include all wine professionals seeking to further their knowledge and passion for wine.

Phillip Anderson is Vice President of Sales for CBC BevCo which produces Twisted Cedar wines, a project of the Cedar Band of Paiutes. Phillip is also the International Wine Specialist for Beach Box Ibiza’s upcoming resort. He lives in Davis California with his wife and two daughters.

Lindsay Groves is a Certified Sommelier, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certified Wine Educator and wine journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Lindsay currently represents Taylor Fladgate as the Ontario Brand Ambassador and works with Loblaw Companies Ltd. She has over 15 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry and holds a Winery & Viticulture Technician Diploma and the WSET Diploma.


For more information contact:
Belinda Eaton
Head of Marketing and Engagement
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9136

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About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The IMW is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For 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 416 Masters of Wine working in 31 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. There are 367 students from 40 countries in the 2023-24 MW study programme. The IMW works with 37 supporters and four research and industry associates, who help promote the IMW’s mission. The five principal supporters are Austrian Wine, AXA Millésimes, Champagne Bollinger, Constellation Brands and VSPT Wine Group.