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    Meeting of the Minds - Trends in Champagne (Panel Discussion)

    Champagne specialist Essi Avellan MW hosts a live discussion on the latest trends in Champagne and outlook for the region's future. Her prestigious panel will be covering a broad range of trends from vineyards to winery as well as business. She will be joined by cellar master Cyril Brun of the prestigious house Charles Heidsieck, Vallée de la Marne Meunier specialist Cédric Moussé of Moussé Fils, renowned Côte des Bar proprietor and innovator Michel Drappier and professor of wine marketing and Master of Wine Steve Charters.

    PRESENTER: ESSI AVELLAN MW

     

     

     

     

    Champagne and sparkling wine specialist Essi Avellan was Finland’s first Master of Wine. Together with Tom Stevenson she is the author of the Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Essi is the organiser of the annual Grand Champagne Helsinki event and a jury member at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. She has has been knighted as Chevalier l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the Minister of Agriculture of France. 

    MEET THE PANEL:

    Cyril Brun  

    Cellar Master of Maison Charles Heidsieck

    Cédric Moussé


    of Moussé Fils

    Michel Drappier


    of Champagne Drappier

    Steve Charters MW  


    Professor of wine marketing

    LEARN MORE ABOUT CHAMPAGNE:

    MEMBER SPECIAL: We remind WSG members that they are enjoying a 20% discount on the 4th edition of “Christie's Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine", written by Tom Stevenson and Essi Avellan MW. Details and coupon code HERE.

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    Taste Wine Like An MW with Matthew Stubbs MW

    A session aimed at those who are curious about what tasting like a Master of Wine actually involves. How does it differ from other established methods and can anybody do it ? We will look at how to build on your existing wine tasting knowledge and try two wines during the session to illustrate the approach.

    Don’t feel you need to be an MW student to register for this webinar, it is aimed at all levels !

    Matthew will be tasting two wines during the seminar to illustrate the MW approach, a Sancerre white and a California Zinfandel (Dry Creel Valley or Lodi).
    If you can find them to taste along with him…great! If not, no worries you can still follow along with a dry tasting. 

    Presenter: Matthew Stubbs MW 

    Matthew has more than 30 years experience in the wine trade, from importing and distribution to running a supermarket wine department. He passed the Master of Wine exam in 1996 achieving the Bollinger Medal for the best tasting paper and the Listel Scholarship for the best Vinification paper. He has been actively involved with the Institute ever since, either as Practical Examiner, seminar lecturer or mentor.

    Since starting his own wine education business in 2008 the majority of his time is spent teaching and sharing his extensive knowledge of wine.

    He has been a mentor to many MW students over the years and continues to help them fine tune the tasting skills needed to succeed in the Practical exam.

    He is now a regular on judging panels for wine competitions, Panel Chair for the International Wine Challenge and co-President of the Sud de France Top 50 in China. Matthew is also the current Practical Chair of the MW Education Committee.

     

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    Ready to become a Master of Wine? A dive into the MW journey with Olivier Chapman

    The Wine Scholar Guild welcomes the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) for a webinar presenting an introduction to the IMW and the Masters of Wine (MW) study programme to WSG members as well as past and current WSG students.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the most prestigious title in the world of wine.

    Join this session to understand the appeal of joining the world's most influential wine community. The session will provide in-depth information about the MW study programme including entrance requirements, programme structure and assessment information as well as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the programme from the Institute’s, Head of Study Programme and Development Olivier Chapman.

    Presenter: Olivier Chapman

    Olly is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Master of Wine Study Programme, including promoting the programme across the globe, recruiting students, supporting those preparing to sit the MW exam and managing the Institute’s examination logistics.

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    Annual WSG Scholarships for Master of Wine Candidates

    Applications are closed and will open November 1st 2020.

    Each year, the Wine Scholar Guild awards a full scholarship for each of the following programs to three students of the Institute of Masters of Wine: French Wine Scholar , Italian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar study & certification programs.

    These scholarships are designed to allow students preparing for the Master of Wine exam to further and strengthen their French, Italian or Spanish wine knowledge.

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    PODCAST: Jane Hunt, MW & Andrew Jefford on Tuscany

    Master of Wine Jane Hunt is interviewed by Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford about Tuscany and its wines. Jane has a long, distinguished career in various aspects of the wine trade. She leads the Wine Scholar Guild immersion tours through some of the legendary Tuscan wine estates. 

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