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Lynne Sherriff MW Appointed IMW Chairman

Lynne Sherriff MW has been elected as Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and will serve in the role for the next two years.

Lynne is an independent wine consultant based in London and was one of the first two South Africans to become Masters of Wine, in 1993.

She was unanimously elected to the post at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting at Vintners’ Hall in London and succeeds Dr. Josef “Pepi” Schuller MW, who stepped down after his two year-term in office.

The Institute was founded in 1955 and today has 289 members based in 23 different countries. It is the membership organisation of Masters of Wine and promotes educational and professional excellence in the wine community internationally. It delivers an education programme which prepares candidates for the rigorous annual Masters of Wine Examination and stages events which offer outstanding learning and professional development opportunities for the wine trade.

On formally accepting the post, Lynne outlined her commitment to continuing the significant work on internationalisation carried out by her predecessors.

“Membership of the Institute is a special honour and affords us many advantages in the world of wine. As Chairman, I intend to contribute to its continuing international success,” said Lynne.

“Pepi Schuller did an enormous amount in this area and leaves big shoes to fill. Maintaining and expanding our international presence will therefore be a priority for me and I look forward to working with the membership and our wider community of supporters to achieve this.”

On stepping down from office, Dr. Schuller said: “It was an enormous honour to be elected the first non-British Chairman of the Institute in 2008. Since then, both the membership and the community of students who aspire to be MWs has grown and I am very grateful to all those who have supported me in my work, sharing our passion and vision for excellence in wine.”

In addition to Lynne’s appointment, the Institute’s membership elected Jean-Michel Valette MW as Vice Chairman, Sarah Jane Evans MW as Deputy Vice Chairman and Laura Evans MW as Treasurer. Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, Christophe Macra MW and Philip Tuck MW were elected as new members of the Institute’s governing Council.

Nine New Masters of Wine Announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to confirm that nine new Masters of Wine have been admitted to its membership following the results of its 2010 examination. The news brings the total number of Masters of Wine in the world to 289, who are resident in 23 different countries.

In order to become a Master of Wine a candidate must pass both the theory and practical parts of the Masters of Wine Examination and complete a 10,000-word dissertation based upon original research.

Dr. Josef Schuller MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “The Institute is delighted to welcome these nine new Masters of Wine to its membership. They have demonstrated a unique set of skills in the art, science and business of wine. They must now honour the tradition of excellence upon which the Institute was founded and act as ambassadors for wine at large as they pursue their individual careers as members of our international community.”

The nine new Masters of Wine, their country of residence, occupation and dissertation titles are:

David Allen MW (UK), Private Customer Sales Manager at Coe Vintners, “An examination of the effectiveness of wine as an investment vehicle for UK-based individuals”

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW (Belgium), civil servant at European Commission, “The EU common market organisation for wine: identification and analysis of the driving forces in the policy-making process”

Sebastian Bredal MW (Norway), Managing Director of Symposium Wines AS, “Investigating the factors that influence consumers’ purchasing behaviour of wine in the Norwegian off-trade market”

Alex Hunt MW (UK), Purchasing Director at Berkmann Wine Cellars, “Rising must weights in California: trends, causes, and implications for winemaking”

Melanie Jones MW (UK), wine writer and webmaster, “Factors which contribute towards successful sales of premium Sherry in UK restaurants and their bars”

Justin Knock MW (UK), Wine Buying Manager at Treasury Wine Estates, “How important is regionality to the marketing and sales of Australian wine in the UK market?”

Kate McIntyre MW (Australia), Marketing Manager at Moorooduc Estate, “Australian Chardonnay in crisis – reality or industry perception?”

Jean Reilly MW (USA), wine buyer and journalist based in New York, “US Sommelier attitudes towards German Riesling”

Peter Richards MW (UK), wine writer and broadcaster, “Prospects for premium Chilean Syrah: UK wine trade perspectives”

In addition to those listed above, the first two new MWs of 2010 were announced by the Institute in May after completing their dissertations. They were:

Ned Goodwin MW (Japan), buyer, consultant, educator and sommelier, “Perceptions, Attitudes and Skills of Japanese Sommeliers”

Rhys Pender MW (Canada), wine educator and consultant, “Counterfeit Wine – its impact on the business of wine”

All 11 new Masters of Wine of 2010 will be formally welcomed to the Institute’s membership at its annual reception and awards ceremony at Vintners’ Hall in London on 3 November 2010.