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12 June 2014 - As a Throwback Thursday we are republishing this four-year-old 12th instalment of Richard's account of his path towards becoming a Master of Wine. He had just sat his first year...

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Last week was the week the annual Master of Wine Practical and Theory examinations were held, as concurrently as time zones permitted, in London, Sydney and Napa. A record number of candidates,...

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The recent MW Symposium in Florence was not all talk. There were two excellent tastings, both organised superbly by my fellow MW student Jane Hunt MW (pictured below), who lives for much of...

My coverage of the Masters of Wine's eighth symposium, held in Florence 15-18 May, continued well into June. You can see the official programme here . Below is a list of our entire coverage,...

This article was first published on 29 June 2010. On this first day of the next, eighth MW Symposium, in Florence, we're re-publishing this reminder of how things were on the first day in...

Finally, I seem to be bearing down on an accepted topic for my Research Paper. I have had two consecutive meetings with the long-suffering coordinators where the agreement at the end was the same...

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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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