New MW's

At its Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony earlier this week, the Institute of Masters of Wine today formally welcomed six new members to the Institute.
Susan Hulme MW runs Vintuition, a wine education company, and in May 2005 became President of the Association of Wine Educators. She received the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in the Practical (tasting) part of the exam. Carmel Kilcline MW, the first of two Irish-born new MWs, started work in the dairy industry after a degree in biotechnology. She moved into wine with J Sainsbury plc in 1998, and since early 2004 has worked for Diageo plc. Carmel was the winner of the Tim Derouet award for the top overall student, the Robert Mondavi Award for the best result in the overall theory section of the exam, and the Villa Maria Award for excellence in the viticultural paper. Sarah Marsh MW is a Burgundy specialist with extensive PR and writing experience. She now works closely with Clive Coates MW producing a Burgundian newsletter. She received the Viña Errazuriz Award for her business of wine paper. Fergal Tynan MW, also originally from Ireland, is the managing director of Capricorn Wines, the new world division of Boutinot. He was Boutinot’s second new Master of Wine in the space of three months this year. Cathy van Zyl MW, the first Master of Wine based in South Africa, writes for Grape, a web-based wine newsletter, as well as writing and editing for the Platter Guide. She also judges for the Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show, and lectures for the Cape Wine Academy. Jean Wareing MW started work with Morris & Verdin straight out of University. From there she moved to Phipps PR, working primarily for Wines of Germany, before moving to Boutinot Limited in 2001 as Marketing Manager. The Noval Award for Communication went to educator, writer and viticulturalist Stephen Skelton MW. This award, sponsored by AXA Millésimes (owners of Quinta do Noval and principal supporters of the Institute) is presented to a recent MW who has excelled in communicating about wine. It includes a trip to Quinta do Noval and a mixed case of Noval port, including the legendary Nacional. The Institute also announced the Constellation Scholarship, awarded to the student in the Education Programme who finished at the top of her year in the first year assessment. This year, it was awarded to Mary Gorman, an Irish student now living and working in New York. Mary received her award, which comprises round the world business class travel to visit Constellation’s wineries, including those in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, from Claire Wakelin of Constellation Europe. Patrick McGrath MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, said, “I’m delighted to welcome six talented and diverse individuals to membership of the Institute. Their fresh perspective and contributions are a welcome addition to our existing global network of wine professionals. I look forward to working with them all in the years to come.” Enquiries: Siobhan Turner Executive Director, IMW +44 20 7621 2830 sturner@mastersofwine.org