Becoming a Master of Wine By: Matt Brown The Masters of Wine are often said to hold the most respected title in the world of wine. Their unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge, their dedication to the support of the industry, and their high standards of professionalism have placed them in a league of their own. With so much to admire, it is no wonder that hundreds of students apply to the Institute of Masters of Wine study program each year. Accepted students receive a primer on the Master of Wine (MW) approach to the study of wine through a series [...]
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My Experience at Belle Pente Winery By: Matt Perrella I worked my first wine harvest in 2014. The winery was Belle Pente in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Being in Willamette Valley, the primary focus was on Pinot Noir, but smaller quantities of Chardonnay, Riesling, Gamay and Muscat were also made. I can truly say it was a gratifying experience. You can learn the steps of winemaking from books but getting a behind the scenes view garners a new appreciation for all that goes into it. There is something to be said about opening a bottle of 2014 Belle Pente and knowing that [...]
The New Masters of Wine (MWs): By: Caroline Hermann On November 6, 2018, the UK-based Institute of Masters of Wine officially welcomed 14 new Masters of Wine (MW) to its membership, of which I was one. Candidates must pass: - a four-day theory exam requiring critical analysis of all aspects of viticulture, vinification, the business of wine, and contemporary issues; - a three-day, 36-wine blind tasting analysis, testing the ability to “taste like a detective and argue like a lawyer”; and - a 10,000-word research paper which must include qualitative and quantitative statistical data analysis on a wine-related topic. The Institute now has 380 MWs from 30 [...]