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Derouet-Jameson Awards given to two promising prospective MW students

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that the Derouet-Jameson Memorial Foundation Awards for 2015/16, which provide financial support for promising potential MW students, have been won by Beth Pearce and Andrea Schmidt.

The Derouet-Jameson Memorial Foundation, which is one of the largest charitable sponsors of Wine Trade education in the country, will provide their application and first year study fees for the course starting in January 2017.

Alastair Peebles MW, Hon. Sec to the Trustees of the Derouet-Jameson Memorial Foundation, said: “We were impressed with the quality of the candidates this year, and wish them every success in their continuing wine education through the Institute of Masters of Wine. The Derouet and Jameson funds have been instrumental over the years in guiding and assisting many talented and successful people in their careers in the wine trade. We are sure that Beth and Andrea will prove to be worthy winners in the finest traditions of these awards.”

Beth Pearce, who has a degree in Politics and History, is a store manager for Majestic Wine in Bristol. Beth, who has worked for a number of Majestic Wine and other outlets since 2010, has a record of sales target-beating success. She also achieved a Distinction in two units of her WSET Diploma.

Andrea Schmidt, from Reading, Berkshire, is Training Officer for Oddbins Ltd. Andrea, who won the Martell Cordon Bleu Scholarship during her WSET Diploma course, is responsible for designing and delivering training courses and examinations for Oddbins staff, from induction to branch management level.

Both candidates were put forward by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust as amongst their top eligible Diploma candidates, being UK based and without financial support from their employer. Andrea and Beth were then selected by interview with the Trustees. The successful applicants will be given their first year fees, plus application fee, plus £250 towards travel to the Stage 1 Seminar in Rust, Austria.

The Derouet-Jameson fund, which has been running in its present form for eight years, is named after two noted figures in the British wine trade. Tim Derouet MC, who ran Brown Gore and Welch in the 1960s, was instrumental in bringing many young people into the wine trade. Geoffrey Jameson MW CVO, who was Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 1971, was managing director of Justerini and Brooks.

The Derouet fund was formerly used to give a prize to the best all round performance in the Master of Wine Examination. For a time after the amalgamation of the Derouet and Jameson funds the Geoffrey Jameson Award was given separately to support MW students. Jon Pepper MW (2013) and Victoria Stephens-Clarkson MW (2015) were both recipients of the Geoffrey Jameson Award. In 2008 the Trustees combined the awards to provide support to candidates starting the MW Study Programme. In November 2015 Victoria Burt MW became the first recipient of the combined award to become a Master of Wine.

Tim Derouet’s daughters Grania Gregson and her daughter Victoria Baker are Trustees of the Derouet-Jameson Memorial Foundation, as is Geoffrey Jameson MW’s son, Jonathan.

Ends (20 Jan 2016)

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

Institute brings search for potential students to new territories

The Institute of Masters of Wine is expanding and extending its outreach programme in 2016, with events for potential students currently planned in nine countries.

The expansion in the outreach programme is part of the Institute’s commitment to identify promising candidates across the world for the Master of Wine title. The Institute is running five two-day residential Masterclasses, most in conjunction with Institute Supporters, and five shorter ‘Introduction to the IMW’ sessions.

The Masterclasses will be taking place in Italy, Hong Kong, Napa Valley, Austria and Spain.

The ‘Introduction to the MW’ sessions are taking place in San Francisco, Vienna, Rust, Bordeaux, Porto and Singapore. The Institute is also planning sessions at Prowein (Germany) and at the London Wine Fair (UK).

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said:

“This year is going to mark the Institute’s greatest ever effort in terms of outreach to potential students. There are a lot of very talented people in the wine world who would make wonderful Masters of Wine. We want to get out and meet as many as we can, and organising these events worldwide is the best way to achieve our aim.”

The Masterclass is a two day intensive course led by Masters of Wine, which is aimed particularly at talented people who are ready to join the MW Study Programme. Suitable applicants can finish by taking an admissions test.

The ‘Introduction to the IMW’ sessions, at ninety minutes long, are intended to give a flavour of the Institute and its Members during a presentation by a Master of Wine and the Institute’s Education team.

Olivier Chapman, the Institute’s Programme and Development Manager, is responsible for the extended outreach calendar. Olly says “The Masterclasses and Introduction sessions were launched to give people information about the IMW and the student path. They have been so successful in recent years that we now have the largest student body in our history, from 32 different countries. We constantly hear from potential students who would like to talk direct to Masters of Wine and key people within the Institute, and we are putting resources into meeting that need.”

The Masterclasses will take place between March and June, to allow attendees to apply for the 2017 Study Programme.

All the Institute’s outreach activity for potential students is listed here


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

Reh Kendermann awards German trip to two MW students

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that the 2015 Reh Kendermann student bursary has been won jointly by Diego Bonnel of Lyon, France, and Stacy Dalton, of Chicago, USA.

Reh Kendermann GmbH Weinkellerei, which is the leading producer of German branded wines, has been awarding a bursary for students on the Institute of Masters of Wine Study Programme for over twelve years. This bursary, which is awarded following the submission of MW-style essays, gives two students the opportunity to travel to Germany and learn about the dynamism and innovation in contemporary German winemaking.

The Institute has long had links with Germany and its wine trade, which have been deepening in recent years: three new German Masters of Wine were welcomed into the Institute in November 2015, bringing the total to eight. There are currently more than a dozen German students in the MW Study Programme.

Alison Flemming MW, Export Sales Director at Reh Kendermann, said:

“As a cool climate country in wine-making terms, Germany can, and does, produce a huge range of outstanding and award-winning wines and styles, and not just with Germany’s trump card of Riesling. Germany’s new generation of winemakers is educated, well-travelled and open to experimentation. It is not just the big names who are doing new and exciting things, but also a whole host of smaller, family estates and one-man bands. The Reh Kendermann scholarship gives the opportunity to non-nationals to come and experience these dynamic changes for themselves.”

Stacy Dalton, who is an MW Study Programme Stage 1 student, said: “Reh Kendermann has an incredible portfolio of wines. They also have very creative packaging aimed at a new generation of drinkers as well as environmentally friendly options such as Bag-in-Box. Germany has some of the most elegant and terroir driven wines in the world. I am thrilled to get to experience Germany through these wines as they truly convey the uniqueness of a place and the qualities that make it special. I’m also excited to help spread the word about these wines upon my return.”

Diego Bonnel, who is now in Stage 2 of the Study Programme, said: “I was very happy and also moved to win the bursary not only from a study point of view, but also from a personal perspective. Part of my family is German and I used to visit my grandmother in Wiesbaden, which is the entry door for the Rheingau region, so I have always been tasting German wines. I grew up with them, and I feel that they are part of my inner personal story. I have a particular interest in German Spätburgunder. I want now to come to Germany and know better how all these great wines are made from a technical perspective.”

Reh Kendermann GmbH Weinkellerei is a family-owned wine company. It is the leading producer of German branded wines, with many award-winning wines in its portfolio.

Ends (12 Jan 2016)

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