The wine world has eight new Masters of Wine, the Institute of Masters of Wine revealed on Friday.
The eight new members of the institute – two of whom work in the U.S. and six in the U.K. – include the first-ever Turkish Master of Wine. Each of them has successfully passed all three parts of the Master of Wine examination, which consists of theory and practical papers followed a dissertation.
The announcement brings the total number of Masters of Wine to 312, in 24 countries, and comes days before the institute celebrates its 60th anniversary with a week of special events in London.
The new Turkish MW is Dilek Caner, a full-time wine educator in Dallas, Texas. She previously worked at Wine & Spirits Magazine and was a sommelière at Restaurant Alain Ducasse. Dilek is originally from Istanbul.
California-based Amy Christine MW works for Kermit Lynch, a Burgundy and Bordeaux wine importer in Berkeley. Christine also owns and operates artisanal winery Black Sheep Finds with her husband, Peter Hunken.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, counted two members of staff among this year’s new Masters of Wine. Anne McHale and Demetri Walters bring the MW count at BBR to eight.
McHale works for Berry's as a wine educator. She also hosts educational tastings and dinners in the company's 300-year-old cellars. The Circle of Wine Writers made her its Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2010.
Walters is sales manager for private wine events. He is half Cypriot by origin and wrote his dissertation on the export prospects for wine from Cyprus. Before becoming a Master of Wine, Walters jokingly referred to himself as an LW: Lord of Wine! He can now drop the L and replace it with an M.
Still in the U.K., James Davis MW is the senior buyer for U.K. retailer and brewer Greene King, which operates more than 2,000 restaurants, pubs and bars around the country.
Davis is joined by Barry Dick MW, who is currently the wine development director for Accolade Wines. Dick, from Northern Ireland, studied oenology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has worked as a winemaker there, as well as in France, Spain and California. Barry was also a resident winemaker for U.K. supermarket Sainsbury’s for almost five years.
Matthew Hemming MW is fine wine manager at Averys Wine Merchants in Bristol, which he joined straight from university in 2002.
Last but not least is Jon Pepper, the managing director of U.K. importer Buckingham Schenk, where he has worked on developing Argentine brand Viñalba, launching the company’s new on-trade portfolio, and bringing pre-packed goblet brand Intrepid Fox to market. He joined the wine trade in 2006 after a career in marketing luxury goods.
Penny Richards, executive director of the Masters Of Wine Institute, said: “We are delighted for the new Masters of Wine, and very proud of their achievement. There was a lot of joy and relief – and a few tears – when I called to give them the good news early this morning. Ask any Master of Wine and they will tell you that the moment they discovered they had passed is one of life’s highlights. I felt privileged to share that moment with them after all their hard work.”
Alison Eisermann Ctercteko MW (AUS), Eric Hemer MW (U.S.) and Adam Lapierre MW (U.S.) became Masters of Wine in May, bringing the total for 2013 to 11 new members.