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The Institute of Masters of Wine launches Living Wine Symposium

The Institute of Masters of Wine today officially launched the Living Wine Symposium at the Ministry of Agriculture in Madrid. The Institute’s 9th International Symposium will be held in Logroño, the heart of the Rioja region of Spain, from 14 to 17 June 2018.

Held every four years, the Institute’s Symposium is an opportunity for the world of wine, in its widest sense, to join together to network, learn and taste the very best wine. Over 400 attendees will have the opportunity to mix with more than 100 Masters of Wine and top personalities in the wine world, both as speakers and delegates.

Each Symposium is held in a different location. Previous symposia have been held in Florence (2014), Bordeaux (2010), Napa (2006) and Vienna (2002). The 2018 Symposium will be co-sponsored by the Foundation for the Culture of Wine (La Fundación para la Cultura del Vino, FCV), an organisation devoted to expanding wine culture in Spain and beyond. Its board of trustees is made of five bodegas – Bodegas Muga, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Marqués de Riscal, Terras Gauda and Vega Sicilia, together with the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fish, Food and the Environment.

Speaking at the launch in Madrid today, the Minister, Isabel Garcia Tejerina said, ‘We are delighted that Spain won the bid for the Symposium 2018, which brings the fine wines of Spain to an international audience. We did not hesitate to support the initiative’.

Guillermo de Aranzabal, President of the FCV commented, ‘At the FCV we have a longstanding relationship with the IMW, supporting their work in Spain. This Symposium is a unique opportunity to showcase Spain’s finest wines to an exceptional audience. It will be remembered as a unique opportunity to raise the profile of our top wines internationally.’

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Chairman of the Symposium Steering Committee and former Chairman of the Institute said, ‘The Symposium will be the most significant event of 2018 for all of us who work in wine. It is entirely appropriate that Spain should be hosting it, because of the exceptional quality of its fine wine. This is a unique opportunity for Spain to welcome international wine experts and introduce them to the diversity of its regions and producers.’

Details of the Living Wine confirmed speakers and sessions will be published over the coming months. Tickets for Masters of Wine and Masters of Wine students are currently on sale. Tickets go on general sale for all other attendees on Friday 24 March 2017. For more information see: www.livingwine2018.com

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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

Eben Sadie wins 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award

The Institute of Masters of Wine and international trade publication The Drinks Business are delighted to announce Eben Sadie as the winner of the 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award.

The honour, which has been given annually since 2011, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. The winner is chosen each year by Master of Wine Winemakers and previous winners of the award.

Eben was revealed as the Winemakers’ Winemaker at ProWein today, in front of Masters of Wine and industry professionals. On receiving his award Eben said, “It is a major honour to be receiving this award and I would like to dedicate this to the great team of people I have by my side that have helped me over the years to grow closer to a dream. For a great wine is not the work of one.”

Eben graduated from Elsenburg College, Stellenbosch in 1994, and worked various harvests in Germany, Spain, France, United States and South Africa. He ventured out on his own in 2000 to pursue his passion for blends and terroir in his Swartland home. From what Eben describes as a ‘little shack’ in the Paardeberg, he began creating The Sadie Family Wines’ two signature wines – Columella (a red blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Tinta barocca) and Palladius (a white blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Semillon, Clairette, Verdellho and others).

After a decade of producing these signature wines the Family released the Old Vine Series, a bottling of eight single vineyard old vine parcels; Skerpioen, Skurfberg, Voetpad, Mev. Kirsten, Kokerboom, Pofadder, Soldaat and Treinspoor.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine said, “Eben’s determined search to produce outstanding wines has put Swartland and South Africa on the map. I am delighted that the Master of Wine Winemakers have rewarded his dedication and talent – it’s truly well deserved.”

Eben now joins Peter Sisseck (2011), Peter Gago (2012), Paul Draper (2013), Anne-Claude Leflaive (d) (2014), Egon Muller (2015) and Alvaro Palacios (2016) as winners of the Winemakers’ Winemaker Award.

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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

20th Anniversary of Master of Wine student trip to Bordeaux with the Grands Crus Classés en 1855

The Institute of Masters of Wine and the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 (Médoc & Sauternes) are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MW student trip to Bordeaux.

The Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855, the professional organisation which upholds and protects the 1855 classification and its image, became a Supporter of the Institute in 1997. Since then, they have welcomed over 500 MW students from twelve different countries to support their journey on the MW Study Programme by enhancing their knowledge of Bordeaux.

On the 20th Anniversary trip, from 13 to 16 March 2017, the students will visit and taste at châteaux in the region including (in order of visit) Haut-Brion, d’Yquem, Guiraud, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Batailey, d’Issan, Pontet-Canet, Belgrave, Durfort-Vivens, Margaux and Pichon Baron.

The visits will include lunches and dinners to better understand food and wine pairings, and seminars led by managers of the growths including terroir of the fine wines of the Médoc and Sauternes, vinification and ageing, the Bordeaux marketplace system (merchants, brokers, primeurs), the history of the 1855 classification and the role of the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Masters of Wine will also travel to Bordeaux to join the MW students. The whole group will start at Château Haut-Brion to honour the late Professor Denis Dubourdieu. For several years on this trip, Professor Dubourdieu gave the MW students a lesson on blending Bordeaux wines, and his contribution will be commemorated with a lunch and tasting at the Château.

Olivier Chapman, Head of Study Programme and Development at the Institute of Masters of Wine said, “The Institute is enormously grateful to the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 for offering MW students such a generous and insightful programme of visits over the last 20 years. Students have benefitted from tastings, visits and hospitality of the highest order. The time and energy given to welcome each group of students has been enormous and the MW students and Masters of Wine attending the 2017 trip together is a fitting way to commemorate the 20th year of the programme being offered.”

Pictured Château HAUT-BRION, Masters of Wine, MW students, Jean-Philippe DELMAS CEO Domaine Clarence Dillon and Philippe CASTEJA Président Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 (Médoc & Sauternes).

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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

Four New Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce four new Masters of Wine. The new Members of the Institute are Mark Andrew MW (UK), Jeremy Cukierman MW (France), Emma Dawson MW (UK) and David Forer MW (USA).

There are now 356 Masters of Wine living in 29 countries.

The new Members have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine Examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards. The MW Examination consists of three stages, including Theory and Practical Exams, and culminates in the submission of a final Research Paper, an in-depth study on a wine related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences.

In addition to passing the Examination, all MWs are required to sign the Code of Conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The Code of Conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.

THE NEW MASTERS OF WINE

Mark Andrew MW

Mark Andrew MWMark is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, where he is co-founder of Noble Rot magazine and the wine bar/restaurant of the same name. The magazine was launched in early 2013 as an alternative to traditional wine media, and is now distributed in over twenty countries around the world. The wine bar/restaurant followed in 2015 and won ‘Best Wine List’ at the National Restaurant Awards and Harden’s Awards within a year of opening. Before launching Noble Rot, Mark was Head Buyer at London-based retailer and importer Roberson Wine for eight years, where he developed deep affection for the traditional, artisanal, terroir-driven wines of the world. Before that, there was a vintage in Burgundy and three years of running the wine program for a group of London restaurants to whet his appetite for working in the wine industry.

Research Paper: How can dry Assyrtiko from Santorini establish itself as a recognised ‘fine wine’ in the eyes of London’s premium on-trade?

Jeremy Cukierman MW

Jeremy Cukierman MWJeremy Cukierman MW was born and raised in Paris. After a short experience in advertising agencies, the passion for wine quickly prevailed. Co-founder and co-CEO of Des Mets des Vins, Jeremy runs two wine shops in Paris, a wine event agency and a wine school. Through his wine business he is working with more than 200 top producers. He also consults for private customers and wine companies, lectures across all levels of WSET certification and trains future wine professionals in customised courses. He is writing for the French magazine Vigneron and for his own blog (www.intothewinewithjeremy.com). He is married, with two children and particularly loves Northern Rhône, Burgundy, Riesling, Italian and fortified wines.

Research Paper: The prospects for Syrah in the vineyards of Hermitage: A climate assessment in the Northern Rhône AOP

Emma Dawson MW

ED-MW (1).pngEmma Dawson MW entered the wine world after a first career in film and media. Learning about wine started as a hobby. But this changed after she took a chance move into the retail world and started working in Sainsbury’s supermarket. Whilst completing her WSET diploma she joined their wine department. She was awarded two scholarships from WSET during these studies; the Champagne Academy scholarship and Worshipful Company of Distiller’s scholarship. She also started to run a new type of wine tasting called the ‘Naked Grape’ for charity. From then, Marks & Spencer asked her to join their team as a buyer and she was offered the WSET Derouet Jameson scholarship to study on the Master of Wine Study Programme. In the seven years since she joined Marks & Spencer she has worked in several buying areas; across wine and spirits. Among her specialism is a focus on lesser known wine regions, bringing new wines to their range from; Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Georgia, Turkey, Bolivia, Japan, India and Brazil. She also buys Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy, South America and Fine Wine for the company.

Research Paper: How did Lebanese wine emerge as a territorial wine brand in the 25 years that followed the civil war ending in 1990? Mistakes made and lessons learnt

David Forer MW

David Forer MWA San Francisco resident, David’s intense passion for wine was propelled by that city’s close proximity to California’s best wine regions and by his involvement with the local community of wine and food professionals. Catalysed by passing the WSET Diploma with Merit in 2011, David became increasingly active in the wine industry through projects like consulting for on premise wine programs and creating exclusive tours of Napa. He helps everyday consumers enhance their enjoyment of wine by providing guidance on grocery store wines as founder of DaveTheNeighbor.com. More recently, influenced by the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, he focuses on unique ways to connect people and wine by utilising technology. David is also working on a book about cult wines of the world all while maintaining a full time career in the pharmaceutical research industry.

Research Paper: An analysis of the impact of declining farm labour immigration on vineyard operations in Sonoma and Napa counties over the last decade.

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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