The Institute of Masters of Wine now has thirteen new members. The new Masters of Wine (MWs) live in eight countries – Australia, China, France, India, Ireland, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.
The Masters of Wine Examination consists of three stages, including theory and practical exams. To be awarded a Master of Wine, individuals must submit a final research paper, an in-depth study on a wine related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences.
Of the thirteen, Bree Boskov was the only Australian addition to the new members. Bree has nearly two decades of international experience in wine sales and buying in both Canada and Australia. Beginning as a Sommelier, she worked in both Vancouver and Nova Scotia where she worked for the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission. Bree also held positions as key account sales and brand management with DeBortoli Wines before becoming Director of Sales and Buying with The Spanish Acquisition. Currently she consults to, and holds a position as North American market manager position with Equilibro Wines. Bree has also written for various publications.
Mark Pyogott also joined the Masters from Taiwan, his industry start dating back to 2002 as a cellar hand at Three Choirs in Gloucestershire. Upon finishing his first vintage, he moved to the Languedoc where he worked in the vineyards before becoming the assistant to winemaker Michel Le Goaec at Domaine Montrose in the Côtes de Thongue. Mark returned to the UK in 2004, establishing a wine importing and distribution company that specialised in some of the less ‘classic’ wine-producing regions of France, Italy and Spain. Having sold this business in 2012, he moved to Taiwan where he now consults, markets, promotes, educates and writes about wine.
Fongyee Walker represents China as a new addition, with her studies of wine starting early whilst at Cambridge – becoming the captain of the University Blind Wine Tasting Team. In 2007 she moved to Beijing, China and became the co-founder, with Edward Ragg, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting. Under her direction Dragon Phoenix has become one of China’s most successful wine education companies, providing the only taught WSET Level 4 in Mainland China. She is a regular wine judge, competitions including the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, AWOCA (Wines of Chile), and the Old Mutual Trophy South Africa. She has written columns for Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, CaijingRibao and reviews wines for RVF China and Wine in China. From 2015, she has been Wine Consultant to Air New Zealand.
The full list of new Masters of Wine is as follows:
Richard Ballantyne (UK)
Bree Boskov (Australia)
Barbara Boyle (Ireland)
Matt Deller MW (USA)
Matthew Forster (UK)
Sonal Holland (India)
Jeremy Lithgow (UK)
Mary Margaret McCamic (USA)
Iain Munson (France)
Mick O’Connell (Ireland)
Mark Pygott (Taiwan)
Ana-Emilia Sapungiu (UK)
Fongyee Walker (China)
The Masters of Wine (MWs) hold the most respected title in the world of wine. After the welcoming the latest members, there are now 354 Masters of Wine in 28 countries.