The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced two new Masters of Wine: Wojciech Bońkowski from Poland and Joshua Grainer from the USA will be awarded the coveted title this year.
Bońkowski works internationally as a wine author, wine consultant and taster and is the first Master of Wine from Poland. With a doctorate in musicology, he has published a book about Chopin's favourite food and wines, among other things. He currently focuses on the wines of Italy, Greece, Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, including the booming Polish wine industry, port, Madeira and champagne. His research paper had the theme "Towards a Tokay Classification. Applying the Austrian approach of "Erste Lagen" to Hungary".
Joshua Grainer works as general manager and winemaker at RdV Vineyards in Virginia. He discovered his love of wine as a young man during a trip through Italy. This was followed by stays in the USA, France and Australia, where he trained. He has been working at RdV Vineyards since 2008. Grainer's research was dedicated to evaluating the phenological changes of Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Merlot in Virginia up to the middle of the 21st century.
The Master of Wine examination consists of a theoretical and a practical examination, which are taken at the end of the second stage, as well as a research paper. This is an in-depth study on a wine-related topic from any area of the natural sciences, arts, humanities or social sciences. Only those who pass the third stage of the MW examination are awarded the degree of Master of Wine.
There are currently 416 Masters of Wine worldwide, including 267 men and 149 women.
(ru / Source: Drinksbusiness; Photo: Institute of Masters of Wine)