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Mary Margaret McCamic MW awarded the 2016 Bollinger Medal

The Madame Bollinger Foundation has awarded the Bollinger Medal for excellence in tasting and outstanding achievement in the Institute of Masters of Wine Practical Examinations to Mary Margaret McCamic MW.

Presented by the Secretary of The Madame Bollinger Foundation, Andrew Hawes, Mary Margaret received the prize at the Institute’s annual Award Ceremony in London, which celebrated the induction of 18 new MWs to the Institute and recognised individual excellence in all aspects of the Masters of Wine Examination.

The Bollinger Medal has been awarded 28 times since its inauguration in 1988. The winners of the Bollinger Medal comprise nine different nationalities of Masters of Wine, fifteen men and thirteen women, spread as far as Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the importance of such recognition of achievement in wine education, Etienne Bizot, Chairman of The Madame Bollinger Foundation, said; “In the pursuit of excellence in wine education, the Institute of Masters of Wine is without question the global reference, the leading light, in its field. It gives me great pleasure to see the truly international nature of today’s Masters of Wine, and to award the Bollinger Medal to Mary Margaret, a superlative taster, in honour of Madame Bollinger.”

Mary Margaret McCamic MW lives in Napa, where she is currently a sales manager for Screaming Eagle, one of the region’s most prestigious wineries. Mary Margaret is also a WSET Certified Educator and has taught at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. She cut her teeth in the wine industry working at Keith McNally’s flagship New York restaurant, Balthazar, in the wine department.

Mary Margaret sat and passed on first attempt both the theory and practical parts of her MW exams in 2015. Her Research Paper, the final part of the MW Study Programme is titled: An investigation into the exceptions for wine in the Volstead Act: What impact did these exceptions have on grape growing and wine production in Napa Valley during US Prohibition?

Mary Margaret said; “It is such an honour to receive the Bollinger Medal. It is an achievement that I could not have accomplished without the help of so many others, including my study companions and the countless Masters of Wine who generously offered their time and knowledge throughout my MW journey.”

For winning the medal, Mary Margaret will receive a stock of the full range of Bollinger Champagnes, and a private tour and tasting at Champagne Bollinger.

The Madame Bollinger Foundation is a Principal Supporter of the Institute.

For more information please contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Notes to Editors

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others. Today, there are 354 Masters of Wine working in 28 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more.

The Madame Bollinger Foundation was founded in honour of Madame Lily Bollinger who tirelessly headed the eponymous Champagne house from 1941, following the death of her husband, to retirement in 1973. Founded in 1987, and established as the first partner of The Institute of Masters of Wine in 1988, the purpose of The Madame Bollinger Foundation is to promote excellence in oenology and to foster quality, education, professional qualification and ethics in all matters relating to wine at an international level. The Foundation and the board of trustees have determined that the Institute of Masters of Wine is the best organisation to help reach this aim, and are proud of their long and continuous association with the Institute for over 25 years.

Winners of the Bollinger Medal:

  • 1988 – Michael Hill Smith MW
  • 1989 – Mark Pardoe MW
  • 1990 – Joanna Locke MW
  • 1991 – Alun Griffiths MW
  • 1992 – Jonathan Pedley MW
  • 1993 – Andrew Caillard MW
  • 1994 – John Hoskins MW
  • 1995 – Peter Marks MW
  • 1996 – Matthew Stubbs MW
  • 1997 – Anne Tupker MW
  • 1998 – Gerard Basset MW
  • 1999 – John Atkinson MW
  • 2000 – Not awarded
  • 2001 – Linda Jotham MW
  • 2002 – Konstantinos Lazarakis MW
  • 2003 – Toni Paterson MW
  • 2004 – Simon Larkin MW
  • 2005 – Susan Hulme MW
  • 2006 – Essi Avellan MW
  • 2007 – Ulf Sjodin MW
  • 2008 – Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  • 2009 – Isabelle Legeron MW
  • 2010 – Alex Hunt MW
  • 2011 – Samantha Caporn MW
  • 2012 – Andreas Wickhoff MW
  • 2013 – Anne McHale MW
  • 2014 – Louise Sydbeck MW
  • 2015 – Rebecca Gibb MW
  • 2016 – Mary Margaret McCamic MW

Jackson Family Wines renew support for the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) confirms Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has renewed its contract as a Supporter of the Institute.

JFW first joined the IMW’s global family of Supporters in 2013. Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the IMW said: “JFW has been an active Supporter of the Institute from the day they joined us. They organised a lunch at our International Symposium in Florence in 2014, received a large group of MWs at their Yangarra vineyard in McLaren Vale last year and host our students during the Study Programme Seminar in San Francisco every year. We are delighted they will remain part of our Supporter family.”

JFW is a family-owned company that crafts award-winning wines of distinct character and quality. With a focus on sustainable viticulture practices, responsible vineyard and natural resource management, the family’s portfolio comprises more than 40 wineries.

In addition to their acclaimed California producers, JFW includes fine wines from France, Chile, Italy and Australia. Founded in 1982 by wine pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jess Jackson, JFW and its various wineries are led by Chairman and Proprietor Barbara Banke and the Jackson family.

Barbara Banke (pictured above with Adrian Garforth MW, Vice Chairman of the IMW), said: “We are pleased to be continuing our sponsorship with the IMW for another three years.We have a longstanding commitment to education and believe that our mission — to make the world’s best wines, from the best vineyards, crafted by hand with integrity – corresponds with the Institute’s promotion of excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Diamond and Golden Masters of Wine

The Institute has just celebrated some glorious vintages in the world of wine. Members who have been Masters of Wine for 60 and 50 years were honoured at this week’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

David Burns MW and Derek Stuart Todd MW passed the MW Examination in 1956, so this year celebrate their diamond anniversary. Richard Bowes MW, Ronnie Hicks MW and Robin Walters MW became Members of the Institute in 1966, making this year their golden anniversary.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the Institute said, “The first Master of Wine exams took place in 1953. It is a pleasure to be celebrating with some of those early Masters of Wine. The wine trade and the Institute has benefitted hugely from their decades of continued commitment.”

David Burns MW (pictured above with Jane Masters MW) joined the wine trade after serving in the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, in Palestine. His career began as a trainee bottling claret in the cellars of J.L.P. Lebègue, prestigious shippers of Bordeaux and Burgundy. He became an MW in 1956 and joined Geo. Idle Chapman, with the brief to develop its wine business. He was Chairman of the Institute in 1963 – 53 years ago.

David realised his love was in selling wine, so in 1971 he set up David Burns Vintners and purchased a small group of shops and bars in the New Forest. He realised he needed to meet the threat of the supermarkets by developing a wholesale trade with hotels and restaurants. He was amongst the first to lead promotion through wine tastings and he originating a series of winemakers events which enhanced the success of the company.

His working career ended in 1993 when he sold his company to Grants of St James’s.

Derek Stuart Todd MW left the Seaforth Highlanders in 1947 at the age of 21, and immediately started work with Bostock & Kimpton Wholesale Wine merchants specialising in sales to both Army and Air Force Offices’ Messes.

His company was taken over three times in four years (by Hatch Mansfield, Grants of St James and Allied Breweries), and it eventually landed up with Grants of St James, where he become Chairman.

Derek took the Masters of Wine exam in 1954, eventually passed in 1956 and served as Chairman in 1964.

During his retirement, which started more than 30 years ago, he has been on the board of many companies including Allied Domecq, Harveys of Bristol, Victoria Wine Company, and Chateau Latour in France.

Dick Bowes.pngRichard Bowes MW was born in Oporto in 1932, to a father who spent his whole career working in the port trade. After Rugby School, National Service in Cyprus and Egypt, Richard went up to Oxford, where he competed in the annual tasting match against Cambridge. In 1955 he joined W&A Gilbey Ltd – known as ‘Wine Merchants to the People’, where he was principally engaged in quality control. This – clearly – was a great way to pass the MW exam, which he did in 1966.

Gilbeys merged into International Distillers & Vintners, and then Grand Metropolitan and more recently Diageo. At one point there were 14 MWs in the company.

He was Chairman of the Institute in 1986, and until his retirement in 1995 Richard managed the IDV companies in Europe.

Ronnie Hicks.png

Ronnie Hicks MW discovered wine while drinking Spatleses during his National Service, serving in the British Army of the Rhine. As soon as he returned home he joined John Harvey & Sons. His timing was fortuitous because the late George McWatters had just started a renowned training policy for would-be MWs and it obviously worked, as Ronnie passed the MW exams at his first attempt, in 1966.

Within a couple of years he joined another Master of Wine, Robin Don MW, and they built up a personal service and cellar planning business over the following three decades. They started with “En Primeur” offers from the 1966 Bordeaux vintage and then widened their scope to include many other areas in Europe and the New World.

Ronnie is now semi-retired, though he is spending his time running down the wine storage business that he accumulated through his and Robin’s trading years.

 

Robin Walters.pngRobin Walters MW joined Charles Kinloch & Co in 1960, and become an MW six years later. He became the Director of Courage Western in 1968, Director (and then Managing Director) of Saccone & Speed in 1970. From there he became a Director, and then MW of Matthew Clark & Sons in 1985. That lead in turn to the post of Chairman of John E Fells & Sons in 1991, a role he held until retirement in 2007.

This week the Institute also welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine to the Membership at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

 

 

ENDS

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Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

The Institute welcomes 18 New Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine to its membership at the Institute’s Annual Awards Ceremony in London. The ceremony celebrates the induction of the new MWs to the Institute and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of the Masters of Wine Examination.

The new Masters of Wine come from all corners of the world, and include the Institute’s first MWs from mainland China, Croatia, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Malaysia, Romania, Taiwan and Wales. There are now 354 Masters of Wine based in 28 different countries.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “Many congratulations to each of the 18 new Masters of Wine, it‘s a tremendous personal achievement. The diversity of geographies and range of their professional wine experience reflects the international membership of the Institute of Masters of Wine. Their future contribution individually and collectively as professional, knowledgeable, critical independent thinkers represents a bright future for the global wine trade. ”

Individual awards were given during the ceremony to the MWs who performed exceptionally in a particular area of the MW Examination.

The Villa Maria Award was presented to Mick O’Connell MW for his outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture in the MW examinations. The Errázuriz Award was presented to Fongyee Walker MW for her performance in the Business of Wine examination.

Stephen Wong MW was presented both the Taransaud Tonnellerie Award for his excellence in the Production and Handling of Wine paper and the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for his outstanding performance across all of the Theory papers.

The Noval Award, sponsored by Quinta do Noval, part of AXA Millésimes is awarded to the best Research Paper by a new MW. Matthew Forster MW won the award for his Research Paper: The Colheita and Frasqueira Classifications: A Study of the Legal Framework and Key Themes in the Production of Vintage Madeira.

Mary Margaret McCamic MW was awarded The Bollinger Medal for her outstanding tasting ability and she also received the Institute of Masters of Wine Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.

The 18 new MWs, who passed the MW Examinations in February and September in 2016 are: Richard Ballantyne MW (Wales), Ivan Barbic MW (Switzerland), Bree Boskov MW (Australia), Barbara Boyle MW (Ireland), Matthew Deller MW (USA), Matthew Forster MW (UK), Sonal Holland MW (India), Jeremy Lithgow MW (UK), Mary Margaret McCamic MW (USA), Iain Munson MW (France), Mick O’Connell MW (Ireland), Eran Pick MW (Israel), Mark Pygott MW (Taiwan), Ana-Emilia Sapungiu MW (UK), Jan Schwarzenbach MW (Switzerland), Lenka Sedlackova MW (UK), Fongyee Walker MW (China) and Stephen Wong MW (New Zealand).

ENDS

For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Swiss Wine becomes a Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is pleased to announce Swiss Wine has become a Supporter of the Institute.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the IMW said, “I am delighted that Swiss Wine has joined our global family of Supporters. We have more students than ever before in the MW Study Programme – from 40 countries around the world and from all aspects of the wine trade – so as the Institute continues to grow it is exciting to welcome a Supporter from a new geography.”

Swiss Wine is the official body representing and promoting the reputation of Swiss wines worldwide. Switzerland has a proud heritage of viticulture and wine making – the first grapes were grown during the Roman Empire, and the country is now home to nearly 240 grape varieties. Indigenous grape varieties that enrich and contribute to the identity of the Swiss vineyards represent one third of the crop. Those include the Chasselas and other interesting alpine varieties such as Arvine, Amigne, Cornalin and Humagne.

The President of Swiss Wine, Gilles Besse said: “The world of wine and education is constantly evolving and we are excited about supporting the activities of the Institute of Masters of Wine”.

At the IMW Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on 9 November 2016 the Institute welcomes two new Swiss Masters of Wine to the Membership, Ivan Barbic MW and Jan Schwarzenbach MW (they join Robin Kick MW, Paul Liversedge MW and Philipp Schwander MW). To celebrate this, Swiss Wine has selected three wines from indigenous Swiss grapes to be served; Chasselas Chemin de Fer by Luc Massy from Lavaux, Petite Arvine Maître de Chais Réserve by Provins and Cornalin by Jean-René Germanier both from Valais.

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For more information contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Head of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Austrian Wine Academy continues strategic partnership with IMW

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is pleased to announce the 2017 European Master of Wine (MW) Study Programme Residential Seminar will continue to be held at the Austrian Wine Academy. Based in Rust, the Academy is the largest wine school in Europe. The Academy has hosted the MW Seminar for the past 13 years, and nearly 500 students have started their MW journey there.

Earlier this year the IMW and Austrian Wine Academy further developed their partnership when the Academy hosted an IMW Masterclass for the first time. The IMW Masterclass offers an introduction to the MW Study Programme over two days for anyone who might be interested in finding out more about the depth and breadth of the programme. The Masterclasses are always MW-led and include a mixture of tastings and theory sessions. At the end of the Masterclass, eligible attendees had the option to sit the entrance exam for the Institute’s Study Programme. At the Rust Masterclass, 12 participants successfully qualified and have now entered Stage 1 of the Study Programme.

Austrian Wine Academy has always been a fruitful source for the IMW; seven MWs have taken their WSET Diploma and their advanced ‘Weinakademiker’ qualification at Austrian Wine Academy and in 2016 more than 10% of the newly accepted MW students worldwide graduated at Austrian Wine Academy.

Josef Schuller MW, Managing Director of the Academy and past Chairman of the IMW said: “After the great success of the Masterclass in Rust we have agreed with the IMW that we will run this course annually. Our graduates come from 33 different countries and I am sure that we will see even more of our ‘Weinakademiker’ being accepted to the MW Study Programme and hopefully also pass the MW Exams in future.”

Penny Richards, Executive Director of the IMW said: “With Austrian Wine Academy we have not only an ideal venue for the annual European Residential Seminar but also a professional educational partner that generates high calibre students for the MW Study Programme.”

The next Masterclass will take place between 9 and 10 June 2017 at the Campus of Austrian Wine Academy in Rust, Austria. For more information, contact Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development.

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For more information please contact:
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications Manager
Institute of Masters of Wine
+44 (0)207 383 9131
skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org

Notes to Editors

About the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a membership organisation with an exceptional international reputation. For almost 70 years, its members – the Masters of Wine (MWs) – have been at the forefront of leadership and expertise in the world of wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. MWs prove their comprehensive understanding of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and exacting standards. In addition to passing the examination, members must sign the code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. This requires them to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their knowledge of wine with others. Today, there are 354 Masters of Wine working in 28 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, academics, educators and more.

About Austrian Wine Academy
The Austrian Wine Academywas founded by Dr. Josef Schuller MW in Rust, Austria in 1991 as a national non-profit wine school. Aside from seminars in Rust and other Austrian cities it is running wine courses on various levels. The Academy is organising through its international partnerships with Geisenheim University and Zurich University the WSET Diploma in several other countries in Central Europe. Following a new partnership with Istituto Grandi Marchi (IGM) the Austrian Wine Academy will offer the WSET Diploma at Palazzo Antinori in Florence from this year on. A common vision for both partners is to bring the recommended stepping stone to the MW program for international wine aficionados to Italy for the first time.
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