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Two New Masters of Wine Announced

Two New Masters of Wine Announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Ned Goodwin and Rhys Pender are the first new Masters of Wine in 2010. Ned is the first Master of Wine resident in Japan while Rhys is the fourth in Canada.

The confirmation comes after both successfully completed their dissertations, the third and final element of the Masters of Wine Examination, and brings the total number of Masters of Wine in the world to 281, who are now resident in 23 different countries.

Ned Goodwin MW (41), is an Australian who has lived and worked in Japan for over a decade and is currently based in Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese, and works closely with sommeliers and restaurants in Japan.

Rhys Pender MW (35) is also Australian and now lives in Canada in the Okanagan Valley, where he runs his own education and consultancy business.

Dr. Josef Schuller MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ned and Rhys as members of the global community of Masters of Wine. Both have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and ability in the art, science and business of wine. We look forward to the contribution they will make to the world of wine and to the Institute in the years ahead.”

Ned Goodwin MW said: “Relief is the optimal word to describe the way I feel for myself and for my wonderful and supportive family. MW has taught me a great deal of humility and objectivity while enabling me to engage with a disciplined, international and highly academic approach to wine. I have always enjoyed being a student and am extremely passionate about wine and its place in different cultures, including Japan. The MW reminds me why.”

Rhys Pender MW said: “Achieving the MW feels like a massive relief yet at the same time feels like it has opened a whole world of new adventures.”

Rhys and Ned will be formally inducted into the membership of the Institute at its annual awards ceremony and reception at Vintners’ Hall in London in November.