This week 17 new Masters of Wine were inducted to the Institute of Masters of Wine at an awards ceremony in London.
Six MWs from the 2020 vintage inaugurated were, Beans Boughton MW (UAE), Jacqueline Cole Blisson MW (Canada), Heidi Iren Hansen MW (Norway), Annette Lacey MW (Australia), Geoffrey Moss MW (Canada) and Ross Wise MW (Canada).
Elevent MWs from the 2021 vintage were Claire Blackler MW (UK), James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lüeke MW (Germany), Álvaro Ribalta MW (Spain), Tze Sam MW (UK), Melissa Saunders MW (US), Kryss Speegle MW (US), Clare Tooley MW (US) and Siobhan Turner MW (UK). Michael Henley MW and Sophie Parker-Thomson MW, both based in New Zealand, were unable to attend.
Tze Sam MW received the Villa Maria Award for outstanding knowledge and understanding of viticulture.
Álvaro Ribalta MW received the Madame Bollinger Medal for outstanding tasting ability.
Sophie Parker-Thomson MW received The Quinta do Noval award for the best research paper “What is the relationship between the use of sulphur dioxide and biogenic amine levels in wine?”
Kryss Speegle MW received four awards: the IMW chair’s award for top performance in the business of wine paper; the Taransaud Tonnellerie award for excellent knowledge in the production and handling of wine; the Robert Mondavi Winery award for the best performance across all the theory papers; and the Austrian Wine outstanding achievement award for overall performance in all areas of the MW exam.
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