18 new Masters of Wine join the Institute at the Annual Awards Ceremony

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The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) 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 (MW) examination. There are now 369 MWs based in 29 different countries.


The 18 new MWs, who passed all parts of the MW examination in March and September 2017 are Mark Andrew MW (UK), Nova Cadamatre MW (USA), Julie Chéné Nyheim MW (Norway), Alistair Cooper MW (UK), Jeremy Cukierman MW (France), Emma Dawson MW (UK), David Forer MW (Spain), Philip Harden MW (UK), Ashley Hausman Vaughters MW (USA), Sarah Heller MW (Hong Kong), Tim Jackson MW (UK), Andreas Kubach MW (Spain), Fernando Mora MW (Spain), Aina Mee Myhre MW (Norway), Billo Naravane MW (USA), Catherine Petrie MW (UK), Nigel Sneyd MW (USA) and Morgan Twain-Peterson MW(USA).

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

Nova Cadamatre MW received the Taransaud Tonnellerie Award, for her excellent knowledge in the production and handling of wine. The award was presented by Henri de Pracomtal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chêne Et Cie, the parent company of Taransaud.

For his outstanding tasting ability, Jeremy Cukierman MW received the Bollinger Medal, presented by Andrew Hawes, the Managing Director of Mentzendorff and Secretary of the Madame Bollinger Foundation.

The Noval Award, sponsored by Quinta do Noval, part of AXA Millésimes, is awarded for the best research paper by a new MW. Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millésimes presented the honour to Fernando Mora MW for his research paper ‘Proposals for creating a revised wine quality classification in Denomination of Origin (DO) Campo de Borja, with recommendations for potential implementation in other DOs in Spain’.

Sarah Heller MW was rewarded four times on the evening. She received the Villa Maria Prize for her outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture and the Errazuriz Award for her performance in the business of wine exam, both presented by Phil Tuck MW, from Hatch Mansfield. For her outstanding performance across all of the theory papers in the MW examination, the Robert Mondavi Winery Award was presented to Sarah by Mark de Vere MW of Constellation Brands. She also received the final accolade of the evening, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) Outstanding Achievement Award. Presented by Barbara Waxenegger from AWMB, this award was given to Sarah for her overall performance in all areas of the MW examination.

Jane Masters MW, Chairman of the IMW said, "As Chairman, I am delighted to officially welcome our 18 new Masters of Wine – many congratulations to all of them for this tremendous personal achievement. Each has a wealth of experience and knowledge of wine and I am sure will contribute to the future success of our international trade."


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Notes to Editors

The Institute of Masters of Wine is a membership organisation 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. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the MW Examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards. In addition to passing the Examination, 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. There are currently 369 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 350 students in the MW Study Programme from over 30 countries.