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IMW officially welcomes 14 new MWs to the fold

Published:  07 November, 2018

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) officially welcomed 14 new MW to its fold at its annual awards ceremony last night.

The fourteen MWs passed all parts of the MW examination in 2018 and were announced in March and September this year, including six from the UK - Cassidy Dart MW, Barbara Drew MW, Thomas Parker MW, Simon Milroy MW, Regine Lee MW and Tim Triptree MW.

The remaining 2018 vintage comprises Almudena Alberca MW (Spain), Job de Swart MW (Netherlands), Elsa Macdonald MW (Canada), and Caroline Hermann MW alongside four from the US - Olga Karapanou Crawford MW, Lindsay Pomeroy MW, Nicolas Quillé MW and Martin Reyes MW.

Welcoming the latest batch, IMW chairman Adrian Garforth said: “The awards ceremony is a special day in the IMW calendar, as MWs fly in from around the world to join the new MW, their family and friends, to celebrate their outstanding achievement.”

Sponsored by supporters of the IMW, individual awards were given during the welcoming ceremony to MWs who had performed exceptionally in a particular area of the MW examination.

Job de Swart MW received the Taransaud Tonnellerie Award for his excellent knowledge in the production and handling of wine, with wim Triptree MW picking up the Noval Award, which recognizes the best research paper by a new MW.

Nicolas Quillé MW was rewarded three times on the evening, winning the Villa Maria Prize for his “outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture”, the Errazuriz Award for his performance in the business of wine exam, and the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for his “outstanding performance” across all of the theory papers in the MW examination.

For her “outstanding tasting ability”, Lindsay Pomeroy MW received the Bollinger Medal. She also received the Austrian Wine Marketing Board Outstanding Achievement Award for her overall performance in all areas of the MW examination.

The new batch takes the total number of MWs 380 based in 30 different countries.