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Two New Masters of Wine Announced

Two New Masters of Wine Announced

Liz Thach, a senior academic in the USA, and Antony Moss, of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in London, are the first new Masters of Wine of 2011.

The announcement by the Institute of Masters of Wine comes after both successfully completed their MW dissertations, the third and final element of the Masters of Wine Examination.

This brings the total number of Masters of Wine in the world to 290 with members of the Institute based in 23 different countries.

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “We are delighted to welcome Liz and Anthony to the international community of Masters of Wine. Both have demonstrated the knowledge and practical abilities required to gain our industry’s most highly regarded title. In their respective roles, they will undoubtedly do much to further learning and interaction in the world of wine. We also look forward to them contributing to the development of new MWs in the years ahead via their participation in our study and mentoring programmes.”

Liz is Professor of Management & Wine Business at Sonoma State University. She is a frequent speaker at wine conferences and wrote the book “Wine – a Global Business”, published in 2005. Liz’s dissertation identified and analysed differences in wine drinking occasions for male and female wine consumers in California.

Antony began in the wine trade in 1999. In 2001 he moved to London to join Sainsbury’s and then moved to the WSET in 2004, where he is now Research & Development Director. Antony’s dissertation compared the labour markets for skilled restaurant wine service staff in the UK and Sweden.

Liz and Anthony will be formally inducted to the membership of the Institute at its annual awards ceremony and reception at Vintners’ Hall in London on 9 November.