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Masters of Wine elect new Chairman

The new Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine is Sarah Jane Evans MW.

Evans, who is the 52nd Chairman, is an award winning wine writer and author. She also judges and lectures internationally.

Evans studied Classics, and Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and became a Master of Wine in 2006. She was awarded the Robert Mondavi Winery prize for the highest overall marks in the theory exams.

Speaking after her election, she said, ‘This is a very exciting time to become Chairman. There is a real sense of energy in the Institute, particularly as a result of our recent Symposium in Florence and the celebrations for our 60th anniversary a year ago. Among my key interests in the next two years will be ensuring that we retain our relevance to the ever-evolving wine trade, and that Membership of the Institute continues to be the ambition of the very best in the world of wine.’

Evans has a special interest in the wines of Spain, and is co-Chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards for Spain and for Sherry. She is a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino for services to Spanish wine.

She is also a Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of the André Simon Memorial Fund, and a Patron of the HIV/AIDS charity The Food Chain.

Evans lives in London with her husband Richard, and the couple have two daughters.

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Sarah Jane Evans MW is available for interview.

Please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131

Institute of Masters of Wine celebrates six new MWs

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to welcome six new Masters of Wine, from four different countries, into the Membership. The announcement brings the total number of Masters of Wine to 319, in 24 countries.

Two of the new Masters of Wine are American; two are British; and a German and a Swede complete the 2014 cohort. The gender split, at four women and two men, brings the total number of living female Masters of Wine to 97. In the last ten years almost fifty percent of new Masters of Wine have been women.

Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute, said “We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding individuals; their diligence and commitment to excellence will be great assets to our community, as will their diversity. Results day is always one of the most emotional in the Institute’s calendar, full of triumphs and disappointments. We’d like to offer congratulations to all those who sat the Master of Wine Examination in June, whatever their results. We had our greatest-ever number of candidates, and overall results for the Theory Examination were the best we’ve ever seen.”

The new Masters of Wine are as follows:

Natasha Hughes MW (UK)

Natasha Hughes MW 160.jpgNatasha is a freelance wine and food writer, consultant and educator. Her diverse career has included writing for some of the world’s most respected magazines and websites, consulting for the on-trade, businesses and private clients and hosting seminars and tastings for members of the trade and the public. Natasha also judges at wine competitions around the world.



Robin Kick MW (US)

Robin Kick MW 160.jpgOriginally from Chicago, Robin works for fine wine trader, ARVI SA, in Lugano, Switzerland. Following studies at the Université du Vin in Suze-la-Rousse, France, she entered the wine trade in 1999. She is grateful to count Christie’s auction house and Burgundy-specialist, Goedhuis & Co. as previous employers who generously contributed to her education, knowledge and experience.



Anne Krebiehl MW (Germany)

Anne Krebiehl MW 160.jpgAnne is a freelance wine writer and lecturer, based in London. Her work is published extensively in international trade and consumer publications. She lectures, particularly on German wine, consults for London restaurants and translates wine-related texts. Anne also judges at international wine competitions. She has harvested and helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. Anne becomes the fifth German Master of Wine, and is the second German woman after Caro Maurer MW to achieve the title.


Rob MacCulloch MW (UK)

Rob MacCulloch MW 160.jpgRobert first worked with wine through Oddbins in 1995. Thereafter, he worked for Montana Wines in New Zealand, and then for Hatch Mansfield and Bibendum in the UK. He currently works full time for Burgundy specialist importers Domaine Direct and part time for independent retailer Taurus Wines.



Nicholas Paris MW (US)

Nicholas Paris MW 160.jpgNicholas currently resides in Connecticut and is the senior manager of education for the E. & J. Gallo Winery in the US. Since joining the wine industry, Nicholas has held a variety of positions on the retail, wholesale, auction and winery sides of the business. During his wine career, Nicholas has been very active in education, wine judging and travel, and speaks several languages proficiently.



Louise Sydbeck MW (Sweden)

Louise Sydbeck MW 160.jpgLouise, who has lived in France for 20 years, has been involved in the wine trade since the start of her professional career. After working as sommelier and wine tour guide in Sweden and France she set up her own business with her husband in Antibes supplying wines to luxury yachts along the French Riviera. Louise is the third Swedish Master of Wine, joining Ulf Sjödin MW and Madeleine Stenwreth MW. The six new MWs have each successfully submitted a Dissertation, which forms the third part of the Master of Wine Examination. Results were also announced for those who took the Theory and Practical (Closed Book) Papers in June, which form the first two parts of the Examination. The Dissertation is being replaced by a new third element, the Research Paper, from 2015. Applications for the first year of the Institute’s Study Programme, which closed on Friday, were up by 26 percent on application numbers for 2013.

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For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131

Notes to Editors:

Dissertation titles

The titles of the successful Dissertation submissions are as follows:

Natasha Hughes MW: The market position of en rama sherries in the UK: current position and potential.

Robin Kick MW: An Emerging Renaissance? An Investigation of Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir in the Côte d’Or.

Anne Krebiehl MW: The Future of Premium German Pinot Noir.

Rob MacCulloch MW: To what extent does cluster thinning Zinfandel vines after véraison affect content of principal red must and wine constituents? An examination of compositional differences produced by cluster thinned and un-thinned Zinfandel vines.

Nicholas Paris MW: Wine Scores and Consumer Purchasing Behaviour: The Level of Influence of Numerical Scores on Consumer Wine Purchasing Behaviour in the US Off-Trade.

Louise Sydbeck MW: The rise of ultra-premium rosés from Côte de Provence; a French trade perspective.

Berry Bros. & Rudd becomes Institute Principal Supporter

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Berry Bros. & Rudd has become a Principal Supporter of the Institute.

Berry Bros. & Rudd joins AXA Millésimes, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, The Madame Bollinger Foundation and Waitrose as a Principal Supporter.

Berry Bros. & Rudd have long been associated with the Institute, but under their new commitment as a Principal Supporter, they plan to work with the Institute to raise the profile of Masters of Wine in Asia, and encourage new candidates.

With two Royal Warrants, more than 300 years of history and eight Masters of Wine, Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s original wine and spirit merchant. In 1698 the firm first opened its doors for business at No.3 St. James’s Street, and are still proud to call it home.

While much has changed over the years, they are still owned and managed by members of the Berry and Rudd families and continue to supply the British Royal Family, something they have done since the reign of King George III.

Chairman and family member Simon Berry said “Cornerstones of the Berry Bros. & Rudd philosophy are integrity and authority, qualities also exemplified by The Institute of Masters of Wine. Our objectives have long been parallel – often overlapping – but now, as Principal Supporters, we are delighted to be able to pursue our goals together.”

Incoming Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine Sarah Jane Evans MW said “We are delighted to welcome Berry Bros. and Rudd to our family of supporters worldwide. They share our commitment to the values of excellence, interaction and learning, most obviously by having no less than 8 MWs working in their business. We are especially pleased that they will be partnering us as we expand our activities in Asia.”

Berry Bros. & Rudd today employs the expertise of eight Masters of Wine: Wine Education Specialists Martin Hudson MW and Anne McHale MW, Wine Buyer Simon Field MW, Burgundy Director Jasper Morris MW, Wine Buying Director Mark Pardoe MW, New World Buyer Catriona Felstead MW, Private Wine Events Sales Manager Demetri Walters MW, and Katherine Dart MW in Fields Morris & Verdin (FMV), the firm’s trade and agency arm.

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Simon Berry and Sarah Jane Evans MW toast the new relationship between Berry Bros. & Rudd and the Institute of Masters of Wine (Image: Piers Cunliffe Photography)

For enquiries about this release please contact:
Ben McKeown
Communications Manager, Institute of Masters of Wine
T: +44 (0)207 383 9131