The Institute of Masters of Wine Welcomes 10 New Masters to this Elite Group of Wine Professionals…

I was delighted to learn today that 10 new Masters of Wine have been announced and will join this elite group of global wine professions who operate at the pinnacle of wine achievement.

Considering the incredibly difficult and trying times we find ourselves in due to the pandemic in the 2020/21 academic year, this positive news certainly is a ray of hope and sunshine confirming that life does indeed continue, if not completely unhindered, and reminds us of a better time to come. Congratulations to my 10 new colleagues joining us at the Institute of Masters of Wine.

Based in five countries, the new IMW members – including the first MW based in Italy – are James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lueke MW (Germany), Sophie Parker-Thomson MW (New Zealand), Álvaro Ribalta Millán MW (UK), Tze Sam MW (UK), Melissa Saunders MW (US), Kryss Speegle MW (US) and Clare Tooley MW (US).

There are now 418 MWs globally – 149 women and 269 men living or working in 32 countries. Since the first exam hosted in 1953, 493 people have become a Master of Wine.

The End of a Golden Era in Wine – Goodbye Michael Broadbent MW 1927-2020…

Very sad to hear of the passing of the legend Michael Broadbent MW. One of the people who put fine wine on the global map when wine was an unknown niche category. Feel so privileged to have know him. RIP Michael Broadbent 1927-2020 🍷🙏🏼

Born in Yorkshire in 1927, Michael studied architecture at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London before joining the Royal Artillery where he was 2nd Lieutenant from 1945 to 1948. He joined Laytons Wine Merchants as a trainee in 1952 where his wine career started. After a two year stint at Saccone & Speed Michael joined John Harvey & Sons Ltd Bristol in 1955. He was initially in charge of the North region both in shops and marketing, before becoming a director and finally the UK sales director.

Michael passed the MW exam in 1960, and a few years later he joined Christie’s in July 1966 where he created their first specialised wine department. He was responsible for starting Christie’s wine auctions, which he conducted worldwide. Until 1992 he was the senior director of Christie’s wine department, and he remained a senior consultant with the firm until 2009.

A wine writer and critic, Michael produced an extraordinary amount of tasting notes from his life in wine which are widely available to read. He published many books, including Michael Broadbent’s Wine Tasting and The Great Vintage Wine Book.

I had the pleasure of celebrating Michael’s 90th birthday with him at the new IMW office opening and again at a private celebration at Vintners’ Hall while many industry friends and colleagues also joined him last year at Vintners’ Hall for the launch of his last book.

With Michael at Vintners Hall to celebrate his 90th Birthday in London.

Ten New Masters of Wine Announced Today by the IMW…

Today the IMW announced ten new Masters of Wine, including the first female winemaker of Greek descent and the first female winemaker based in Spain.

The new Masters of Wine are Almudena Alberca MW (Spain), Barbara Drew MW (UK), Olga Karapanou Crawford MW (USA), Regine Lee MW (UK), Elsa Macdonald MW (Canada), Thomas Parker MW (UK), Lindsay Pomeroy MW (USA), Nicolas Quillé MW (USA), Job de Swart MW (Netherlands) and Tim Triptree MW (UK).

There are now 380 Masters of wine, based in 30 countries.

THE NEW MASTERS OF WINE

Almudena Alberca MW (Spain)

Almudena Alberca is the first woman in Spain to achieve the title of Master of Wine. After graduating in agriculture engineering, she continued her studies gaining a degree in oenology and a master in viticulture. Her first harvest was in New Zealand at Vidal Estate, part of the Villa Maria group. Since then she has travelled extensively through wine producing regions worldwide. Almudena began her career producing boutique wines in Viñas de Cenit, in Zamora, Spain, where she went from assistant winemaker to managing the entire winery. She worked at Dominio de Atauta in Ribera del Duero where she played an integral role in shaping their wine styles and achieving international success. During this time, she was also the Spanish specialist for importer AvivaVino in New York, selecting and blending wines for this market. Almudena has been the technical director at Viña Mayor since 2015, one of Spain’s large-volume players in Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Toro. She is also responsible for developing new brands and wines in regions like Rías Baixas and Valdeorras and is involved with PR, marketing and sales both in Spain and abroad.

Research paper
Comparative analysis of filtration techniques for young oaked Tempranillo wines from Ribera del Duero

Barbara Drew MW (UK)

Barbara started her wine career in 2011 at Berry Bros. & Rudd, working in the events department. She currently coordinates and hosts a wide range of events in BB&R’s extensive cellars, spanning introductory wine courses to in-depth tastings and masterclasses, dinners, lunches, one-day schools and WSET courses. To balance out the grape, she also dabbles with grain, hosting spirits events as well. In her spare time, she runs unnecessarily long distances.

Research paper

The influence of vocabulary on perception of wine: tasting tannins in Barolo and Brunello

 

Olga Karapanou Crawford MW (USA)

Olga Karapanou Crawford is a wine consultant and winemaker based in Napa, California. Olga is the first Greek winemaker, and third Greek national to earn the Master of Wine title. Born and raised in a winemaking family, she endeavoured to study viticulture and oenology from an early age. With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry awarded in her native Greece and a master in viticulture and oenology in California, Olga has set out on a career that emphasises quality winemaking at a variety of price points and styles. With various roles that touch nearly every aspect of the industry (winemaking, sourcing, marketing, sales and winery management) she is most drawn to working with wineries that display a mix of business acumen and a passion for wine. This has led to working for companies such as E&J Gallo, Marcassin Vineyards, Achaia Clauss and most recently Penrose Hill Ltd. She has travelled the world as a wine consultant and is currently based in California leading the winemaking team for Penrose Hill Limited, a modern negociant, as well as continuing consulting for her family’s wineries, Achaia Clauss and Antonopoulos Vineyards.

Research paper

Challenges and opportunities for selling wines in premium New York City restaurants made from niche grape varieties. Xinomavro is used as an example

Regine Lee MW (UK)

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Regine’s love of wine developed after countless day trips to Napa and Sonoma to ‘taste’ wine. She has a degree from the University of California, Berkeley in politics and international relations, which led to a fateful study year at the London School of Economics and eventually a British husband and a life in the UK, where she now lives. After working at Deloitte as a management consultant, she made the career switch to the wine industry. She worked at WSET to develop their Asia-Pacific markets and is currently in national account sales at Liberty Wines, but has had roles focussing on operations, trade marketing, education and sales analytics at the company. Regine is a co-founder of Women in Wine London, a trade-networking group which organises events which develop women professionally and provide a forum to discuss the key developments in the industry.

Research paper

The value of relationship building in the wine industry: an analysis of trade customer visits to producers and their impact on sales

 

Elsa Macdonald MW (Canada)

Elsa Macdonald was a management consultant in the telecom and financial sectors until 2003, when she heeded the call to pursue her passion for wine and changed careers. Now Director of Wine Education at Arterra Wines Canada, Elsa shares her knowledge and zeal for wine with sommeliers, WSET Diploma students and trade professionals across the country. She serves on the national board of directors for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and is certified by the same body. When she isn’t teaching or tasting you can find Elsa exploring the world’s wine regions where she continues to cultivate her experiences and engage others in her passionate pursuits. Elsa also holds a master of science (telecom) from Syracuse University, New York and a bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University, Toronto.

Research paper

Consumer appeal of Appassimento wines produced in Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Thomas Parker MW (UK)

Tom started working in the wine industry while reading modern languages at Oxford. Following a stint at Farr Vintners during the 2009 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, he joined the Oxford University Blind Tasting Society and subsequently competed in the varsity blind tasting match. He joined Farr Vintners permanently in 2011, where he is now a buyer. He has also worked several harvests in Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Napa Valley, both in the vineyard and the winery. Tom – who is now the youngest Master of Wine in the world – writes when time allows and has been published in the World of Fine Wine magazine and Hayden Groves’ book Back in the Saddle. He enrolled in the MW study programme after winning the Derouet Jameson award for high achievement in his WSET Diploma. Away from work, Tom can normally be found cooking with a glass of Syrah in hand, at Selhurst Park following his beloved Crystal Palace, or on the golf course.

Research paper

Stock movement for 2005 Red Bordeaux purchased En Primeur through a UK wine merchant 2006-2016

Lindsay Pomeroy MW (USA)

Lindsay Pomeroy grew up in an idyllic place in New Hampshire has an identical twin, an adorable niece and a very lively family. She began her career trek towards wine when she lived in Italy and attempted to teach English to Italians. She made lasting friends with Italians who taught her the art of espresso-drinking and chocolate-tasting (her other loves), and helped her develop an addiction to salami, which she has reluctantly given up as a newly minted vegetarian. She loved Italy, but her passion for wine started in San Diego, California where she currently still resides. Historically more of a beach-and-beer town than a wine-drinker’s mecca, Lindsay has helped foster a community of knowledge-thirsty wine drinkers in San Diego throughout her 12-year tenure as the Chief Wine Educator and founder of Wine Smarties, a wine education school that provides WSET and French Wine Scholar (FWS) courses. Leading up to the MW study programme, Lindsay successfully earned her WSET Diploma, FWS certificate and Certified Wine Educator (CWE). Outside of wine, Lindsay loves to spend time with her colourful family and friends, go rollerblading, meditate, and sport a fanny pack, which she claims is fashionable again.

Research paper

A study of water monitoring technology in the drought affected counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and San Diego: current usage, attitudes towards technologies and factors that influence adoption

 

Nicolas Quillé MW (USA)

Nicolas Quillé was born in Lyon, France, into a family with three generations working in the wine business. Nicolas holds a master’s in oenology (Diplôme National d’Oenologie) from the University of Dijon in Burgundy, a postgraduate degree in sparkling winery management from the University of Reims in Champagne and an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. Nicolas has worked for wineries in Burgundy, Provence, Champagne, the Rhône valley, the Douro valley, Oregon, Washington and California. Nicolas has more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry with an emphasis on winemaking, quality control, winery management, wine portfolio management and merger and acquisitions. He has judged at numerous wine competitions and is speaking at wine conferences on a regular basis. Currently Nicolas is the Chief Winemaking and Operations Officer for the Crimson Wine Group based in Napa, California. At Crimson, Nicolas is responsible for the operations and the quality of six wineries and estate vineyards located in California, Oregon and Washington. Nicolas lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.

Research paper

Impact of selected fining agents on the phenolic content and the aromatic intensity of Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains

 

 

Job de Swart MW (Netherlands)

Job is the third Dutchman to become a Master of Wine. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in international business administration from Maastricht University, but wine has always been a major interest in his life. Job studied at the Dutch Wine Academy and did an internship at the Faculty of Viticulture and Oenology of UC Davis. He also worked as a cellar hand at Château Giscours and De Toren. In 2010, he earned his WSET Diploma and became Weinakademiker in 2011. Currently, Job works as a wine buyer and marketer for Les Généreux – an association of 38 independent fine wine shops. For his research paper, he co-founded Grape Compass, an online decision support system that forecasts fungal disease pressures in vineyards. He teaches, supervises wine tastings and writes for professionals and enthusiasts.

Research paper

Grape Compass: evaluating the results of a fungal disease pressure forecast software application for Western Cape grape growers

Tim Triptree MW (UK)

Tim Triptree is the International Director of Wine at Christie’s. Tim’s main role is curating, sale planning and the execution of Christie’s wine auctions internationally. Based at Christie’s London, his role includes sourcing consignments, inspection and authentication, developing client relations and hosting wine events and masterclasses. Following an initial career in banking, Tim became interested in wine whilst living in Mendoza, Argentina studying Spanish and completing a sommelier course. He joined Christie’s wine department in 2005 after graduating with an MBA distinction (wine business management). He completed the WSET Diploma, gaining a distinction in 2008 and was awarded the Sherry Institute Scholarship and Constellation Scholarship, which involved wine visits to Jerez and New Zealand respectively. He received the Trinity Champagne Scholarship whilst on the MW study programme. In January 2013, Tim was seconded to Christie’s Hong Kong for four years, to focus on raising the department’s profile in the region as well as involvement with wine auctions in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He became head of sale in Hong Kong before returning to London in January 2017 and was promoted to international director in June 2018. Tim has been a wine judge at the International Wine and Spirit Competition since 2011, a panel judge at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017-2018 and at Bacchus Wine 2018 in Madrid.

 

Research paper

Reserve wine use in Brut NV Champagne: trends, causes and implications

Congratulations to them all from The Fine Wine Safari!

Celebrating the Life of a True Wine Trade Legend ~ Michael Broadbent MW’s 90th Birthday at Vintners’ Hall…

Everyone who works in the wine trade and who is passionate about wine counts themselves as being very lucky. We may not all earn bankers salaries but we often manage to drink better wines than your average London oligarch.

Michael along side his wine merchant son, Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections based in the USA

Tonight was one of those nights that really reminded me of what a special era of fine wine I’m living through and working in. The Tim Atkins and Jamie Goodes of this world will still be around for many years to come. But some legends like Michael Broadbent MW won’t be. 

Jancis Robinson MW OBE giving a congratulatory speech and summary of Michael’s long career in wine.

Celebrating his 90th birthday yesterday at Vintners’ Hall (officially on the 2nd May), Michael is not only a fellow Master of Wine, who graduated in 1960, but also a legendary figure in my life and that of many others in the broader global fine wine trade. He falls into the absolute wine personality icon category along with the likes of Hugh Johnson, Steven Spurrier and Jancis Robinson, all people I have been honoured to work with and along side for the past two decades I’ve worked in the UK wine trade.


In a few years time, when some of these personalities are no longer with us, we will undoubtedly reflect on what a special moment in time the past years have been. These personalities coincided with and reigned over the democratisation and globalisation of the fine wine trade. The market will continue to evolve, times will change, but these figures and their influence will never be surpassed.

Jancis Robinson’s 3 page speech and CV Summary. Yes, his career is that long and impressive!

So when you pop that next cork, think about the person, who ever it may be, that inspired you to appreciate wine, and honour them with a cheeky toast. Cheers!

The 4 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).


The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is a professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. The Masters of Wine (MWs) hold the most respected title in the world of wine. The IMW promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. There are currently 356 Masters of Wine today, working in 29 countries. The Membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are over 340 students in the MW Study Programme from 40 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.

THE NEW MASTERS OF WINE

Mark Andrew MW

Mark 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 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

Emma 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

A 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

 Congratulations to them all!!