The Institute of Masters of Wine has sworn in 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) at its annual awards ceremony in London. The ceremony, held at Vintner’s Hall in London, celebrates the induction of the new MWs to the institute and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of the Masters of Wine examination.
The 18 new MWs, who passed all parts of the notoriously difficult MW examination in March and September, bring the total number of MWs around the world to 369, based in 29 countries.
From the UK, Mark Andrew MW, former head buyer at Roberson and co-founder of Noble Rot magazine and the wine bar/restaurant of the same name; Alistair Cooper MW a freelance consultant, judge and writer with expertise in the wines of Chile and Argentina; Emma Dawson MW, wine buyer for Marks & Spencer; Philip Harden MW a fine wine trader and investment specialist; Tim Jackson MW, a finacncial services professional; and Catherine Petrie MW, wine buyer for Goedhuis.
The 18 new MWs 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).
'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,' Jane Masters MW, chairman of the IMW, said. 'Each has a wealth of experience and knowledge of wine and I am sure will contribute to the future success of our international trade.'
Hong Kong-based Sarah Heller MW was rewarded four times during the ceremony. 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.
There are currently 369 Masters of Wine working in 29 countries. Membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. There are in addition more than 350 students from more than 30 countries currently in the MW Study Programme.