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Having decided to move from a dissertation to one of the recently proposed Research Papers (see MW diary - part 51.5 ), I have spent the last two months desperately trying to settle upon a topic....

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How quickly technology can change. You may have read the recent stories about the latest rollercoasters – it seems that no sooner does the world’s scariest rollercoaster appear than a...

No sooner had I hinted that change was a-comin' to the MW dissertation process than an announcement precisely to that effect was made by the Institute at the beginning of this week. As was...

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After a self-enforced summer hiatus caused by my May decision to abandon my then-current dissertation project, I am reviving my MW diary shortly after the fourth anniversary of its birth....

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Very many congratulations to the eight people who, it has just been announced, have had their MW dissertations approved so that they are now allowed to call themselves Masters of Wine. The total...

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Last week, the fiendishly challenging Master of Wine examinations were held in three locations around the world: London, Sydney and Napa. As tradition dictates, the exam papers were made public...

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In Vintners' Hall in London last night, at a dinner for the great and good of the international wine trade, I had the great pleasure of proposing the health of the Vintners' Company on its 650th...

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Dear D, This isn’t going to be easy, for either of us. You and I, we’ve been through so much together. There’s no good way to say this … D, I’m so sorry, but I’m leaving you....

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With three months to go before my dissertation is due, I am locked in battle with certain problems that threaten to derail my chances. Many of my fellow sufferers are experiencing similar crises,...

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Last month, several dozen MW students went to Bordeaux for their second-year seminar week, just as I did in 2011 (see parts 20 and 21 ). As I watched the week unfold on Twitter – featuring...

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Last week, I unleashed my survey, the research cornerstone upon which my dissertation will be built. My concern now is gathering sufficient responses. Within the first week, I had roughly one...

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I managed to have an entire conversation the other day without mentioning the d-word once. It was quite a revelation. Usually I always end up blurting it out, like a sort of MW...

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Freelance writers are used to bulking up their copy. It really, really, really helps hit the word count. Sorry, that’s an old joke. A really, really, really old joke. Anyway, the reverse is...

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The 2012 examiners' report has just been published. This year, the tasting exam recorded its highest number of passes for a single year ever, with 18 candidates finding success. However, there was...

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How long does it take to make a 10-minute phone call? In my case, it’s currently averaging at around 45 minutes. Gathering the data for the first phase of my dissertation research involves a...

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