It’s that special time of year for Masters of Wine, when we gather together at Vintners’ Hall in London on the banks of the Thames for firstly, the annual Institute of Masters of Wine Claret Tasting, followed later in the evening by the MW graduation ceremony.
For those of us who have already passed this mammoth endeavour, this Everest of wine studies, it’s a chance to reflect on the blood, sweat and tears expended in reaching this achievement. But it’s also an important time to be humble and give thanks for the position of privilege this qualification bestows and for the myriad of opportunities it creates.
On Monday, I caught up with my ex-Colleague Mick O’Connell at 28-50 restaurant in Maddox Street, ahead of his graduation into the ranks of fellow MWs today. It’s a very special occasion and a massive achievement. Congratulation! Enjoy every moment of it.
As a footnote, it was also wonderful to catch up with not only 28-50 buyer Clement Robert MS, my good pal from his years as head sommelier at Medlar restaurant in Chelsea, but also Frank Massard, the Catalonia based Frenchman who started his Master of Wine studies with me back in 2003.