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Reh Kendermann Bursary Winners Announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine and Reh Kendermann GmbH are delighted to announce that Thomas Curtius and Alexandra Harper are the recipients of this year’s prestigious Reh Kendermann Bursaries.

The bursaries, open to first and second year students in the Institute’s study programme, consist of two trips to Germany where the recipients visit Reh Kendermann GmbH, one of Germany’s most important wineries and ambassador for German wine, as well as other producers, either of the successful applicant’s own choice or selected by Reh Kendermann if the applicant prefers.

Alexandra and Thomas secured their bursaries on the strength of their essays addressing the question of whether Brazil the best hope for future growth for German wine in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries after China.

2012 Champagne Trinity Scholarship Winner Announced

A UK-based student in the Institute of Masters of Wine study programme is the recipient of the prestigious Champagne Trinity Scholarship for 2012.

Helen Savage has been awarded the scholarship for her essay discussing the virtues of vintage in relation to the sales and marketing of Champagne.

The Institute, with the support of the family-owned Champagne houses of Bollinger, Louis Roederer and Pol Roger, offers the scholarship annually to a first-year student participating in its international study programme.

The scholarship consists of two consecutive trips to the Champagne region, one during vintage and another during the blending of the vins clairs in the spring. It provides a unique opportunity for a student to gain an insight into Champagne through visits to the three renowned, family-owned houses.

2012 Lallemand Bursary Winner Announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine and Lallemand are delighted to announce Matthew Forster as the winner of the 2012 Lallemand Bursary.

The bursary, established in 2010, is open to students in the Institute’s study programme and provides a funded visit to Lallemand’s annual technical conference.

Lallemand is a corporate supporter of the Institute and a leading producer of wine yeast, bacteria and their nutrients, and a distributor of oenological enzymes. It is a privately owned Canadian corporation present in most of the wine producing countries. Its Oenology Division, based in Toulouse, France, has a major focus on research and development, both in-house and in collaboration with renowned research institutes.

Matthew secured the bursary with his 1,000-word essay addressing the topic of how the diversity of yeast strains and bacteria species contribute to enhancing varietal aroma and bring complexity to wine.

After graduating with a first class honours degree in Spanish and Portuguese from Cambridge University, Matthew Forster attended law school in London before practising as a solicitor with a global law firm. In 2007, he left the law to pursue his interest in food and wine, training as a chef before joining London merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd where he specialised in Spanish wine and lectured as a wine school tutor. Based in the UK, Matthew is a second-year MW student and a holder of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma, for which he was awarded the Peter Hampson Memorial Scholarship in 2010.

Ann Dumont, Communications Manager for Lallemand’s Oenology Division, said: “The topic of biodiversity and the impact on wine quality and complexity has many facets. The essay written by Matthew explored the many sides related to this issue and was well researched. We hope that the participation of Matthew at our XXIII Entretiens Scientifiques in Dordogne (France) will contribute to the understanding on wine microbiology and all its potential in winemaking. Lallemand has been a proud supporter the Institute and its students since 2004 and we are honored to meet every year the new talents and future MW candidates during our scientific conference.”

Siobhan Turner, Executive Director of the Institute said: “We are grateful to our supporter Lallemand for providing this bursary which gives the recipient a superb opportunity to gain detailed technical insight. I am sure that this will prove to be a valuable experience for Matthew and will assist him greatly in his studies with the Institute.”

Matthew Forster said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend Lallemand’s 2012 conference which promises to offer a valuable insight into wine biotechnology. I am sure that the experience will prove most useful for my MW studies going forward.”