A Summary of Wine Spectator’s 2022 “Grand Award” Winners

Wine Spectator has been honouring top international restaurants with extraordinary wine programs since 1981 with the “Grand Award.”  This award is granted to restaurants that show extraordinary commitment to wine service. The 2022 winners are profiled and listed alphabetically.  I highly recommend to all wine lovers and foodies that these global dining establishments should be on your wish list as you start travelling again!

Here is the full list of “Grand Award” winners:

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/snapshots-of-wine-spectator-s-grand-award-winners

 

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The Wine Business Institute Celebrates 25 Years on May 31st

The Wine Business Institute, of the School of Business and Economics, at Sonoma State University will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022, at the Wine Spectator Learning Center.

Twenty-five years ago, forward-thinking leaders envisioned a new kind of partnership between academia and the wine industry, and the resulting vision became the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. Founded in 1996 as a brainchild of Gary Heck of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Sonoma State, “We wanted to create a program that would prepare the next generation to run our businesses, a viable succession plan for the wine industry. Great grapes and great wine were already the norm.  Professionalizing the business of wine was the next frontier to tackle“ explains Mr. Heck. “Over the past 25 years, our faculty has built the most comprehensive suite of wine business education in the world with the support of our wine industry, generous donors and board members,” noted Ray Johnson, WBI executive director. “Today our alumni occupy positions of leadership across the wine industry value chain, in organizations large and small.”

“The WBI is an exemplar of successful collaboration between industry and academia,” said Jean-Francois Coget, dean of the School of Business and Economics, within which hosts the WBI. “We will continue to provide diverse talent for the business side of the wine industry and conduct research and other activities that can help the industry address its keenest opportunities and challenges.”

Sonoma State’s School of Business and Economics is the first in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree (since 1998), an MBA (since 2008), an Executive MBA (since 2012) and a new Global EMBA (since 2020) focused on the business of wine. In addition to the degree programs, the WBI offers professional certifications in subjects such as Wine Business Data Analytics, Wine Business Management and Wine Entrepreneurship.  The institute regularly brings together wine industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the current landscape and those on the horizon.

Looking back on the past 25 years, the WBI celebrates three major achievements: the awarding of 257 Wine MBAs, the launch of the Global Wine EMBA, and the opening of the Wine Spectator Learning Center.

 

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The “2021 World’s Most Admired Wine Brands” Announced

Now in its 12th year, The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands is a list of the 50 most admired wine producers from around the globe.

Drinks International polled wine professionals, journalists, educators and MWs in 48 different countries and asked them to make three votes from the list of previous winners or to put forward their own suggestions if the name is not on the list.

Some of the factors included:

The wine is of consistent or improving quality;

The wine reflects its region or country of origin;

The wine responds to the needs and tastes of its target audience;

The wine is well marketed and packaged; and

The wine has a strong appeal to a wide demographic.

Here is the list of the “Top Ten” 2021 Most Admired Wine Brands:

RANK/WINE BRAND/COUNTRY

1          Familia Torres – Spain

2          Bodega Cateña – Argentina

3          Vega Sicilia – Spain

4          Henschke – Australia

5          Concha y Toro – Chile

6          Penfolds – Australia

7          Domaine de la Romanée Conti – France

8          CVNE – Spain

9          Antinori – Italy

10        Chateau Musar – Lebanon

Drinks International editor Shay Waterworth states: “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2022 showcases the most iconic, innovative and respected producers in the world.”

For further details:  http://surl.li/brjhd

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Tourism enjoys strong start to 2022 while facing uncertainties

International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, with a much better performance compared to the weak start of 2021. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine adds pressure to existing economic uncertainties, coupled with many Covid-related travel restrictions still in place.

Based on the latest data, global international tourist arrivals more than doubled (+130%) in January 2022 compared to 2021 – the 18 million more visitors recorded worldwide in the first month of this year equals the total increase for the whole of 2021.

While these figures confirm the positive trend already underway last year, the pace of recovery in January was impacted by the emergences of the Omicron variant and the re-introduction of travel restrictions in several destinations. Following the 71% decline of 2021, international arrivals in January 2022 remained 67% below pre-pandemic levels.

Europe and Americas perform strongest

All regions enjoyed a significant rebound in January 2022, though from low levels recorded at the start of 2021. Europe (+199%) and the Americas (+97%) continued to post the strongest results, with international arrivals still around half pre-pandemic levels (-53% and -52%, respectively).

The Middle East (+89%) and Africa (+51%) also saw growth in January 2022 over 2021, but these regions saw a drop of 63% and 69% respectively compared to 2019. While Asia and the Pacific recorded a 44% year-on-year increase, several destinations remained closed to non-essential travel resulting in the largest decrease in international arrivals over 2019 (-93%).

Prospects for recovery

After the unprecedented drop of 2020 and 2021, international tourism is expected to continue its gradual recovery in 2022. As of 24 March, 12 destinations had no COVID-19 related restrictions in place and an increasing number of destinations were easing or lifting travel restrictions, which contributes to unleashing pent-up demand.

For further details… https://bit.ly/3La7MlK

Source: https://www.unwto.org

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17 MW’s inducted to the Institute of Masters of Wine

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.

Individual Awards:

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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