How would you like to spend three days in Burgundy with Clive Coates, MW?
or a weekend at the famous Quinta do Noval, in the Douro, Portugal?
or dinner and truffles for six with Pio Cesare in Alba, Piedmonte, Italy?
or guzzle down a jeroboam of 1990 La Grande Dame?
These lots and many more will feature in a special fund raising auction for the Institute of Masters of Wine which has just opened for on-line bidding and closes at 6.00pm Monday 29th October 2007.
The 25 lot on-line auction comprises a great selection of fine and rare wine experiences – donated by Masters of Wine and supporters of the institute – in aid of raising much needed funds for the international masters of wine education programme.
Andrew Caillard, MW – chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine – Australasia and a principal of Langton’s Fine Wine Auctions said “We have pulled together this sale to help achieve the Institute’s goal of raising over $500,000 to broaden its present educational programmes including scholarships and bursaries to a wide range of students including Australians and New Zealanders. The programme exists to promote and engage the highest standards of quality and excellence in wine across various disciplines within the wine industry.”
The Master of Wine exam is reputedly one of the most challenging examinations in the world requiring a deep and broad theoretical knowledge of wine incorporating viticulture, vinification, the business of wine and contemporary issues, together with a finely honed palate. Caillard says the Institute needs more members. “There is plenty of exceptional wine making and wine business talent in Australia and New Zealand. With better funding we can make more of a difference and further build up our numbers which at present number exactly two dozen.”
“Live sales have taken place in London and New York, but this is the first time the Institute has placed lots on-line in Australia. In theory any one in the world can bid for these lots, but in practice we hope that some of Langton’s subscribers and the Institute’s supporters in this part of the world will participate.”
Other lots include a wine stay in Tuscany at Castello Vicchiomaggio, a visit to top champagne houses Laurent Perrier, Taittinger, Bollinger and Louis Roederer, a stay at Relais et Chateau Palais Coburg in Vienna and a visit to the winelands, wine appreciation evenings with Masters of Wine Bob Campbell and Andrew Corrigan, a tasting and lunch at Brokenwood and a deluxe visit to Champagne Veuve Cliquot staying at its private mansion “Hotel du Marc.
The auction also comprises a rare imperial of 1993 Grant Burge Meshach, rare magnums of Noon Reserve wines, Vintage Port from Dow’s and Grahams and two impossibly rare jeroboams of 1990 Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Champagne. The full catalogue is available on-line at www.langtons.com.au
Any person wishing to support the Master of Wine Charity auction sale can bid. If you are not a Langton’s member all you need to do is contact Andrew Caillard, MW – firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Clarke – email@example.com . You will be given an automatic membership for three months. Alternatively we can place bids for you.
All proceeds including Auctioneers fees and premiums will be donated to the Institute of Masters of Wine.
About the Institute of Masters of Wine
The Institute of Masters of Wine was established in London, England, in 1953, since when over 2000 candidates have sat its rigorous examination in the art and science of wine. In 1991, the examination was held on the same days in the UK, Australia and the USA, a pattern that continues today.
There are currently 265 members of the Institute, from 22 different countries. Although membership was opened up to non-UK members for the first time only in 1987, 83 members now come from outside the UK. The vast majority of the students are now non-British, and the Education programme is run annually in Napa Valley, California; Melbourne, Australia; Rust, Austria; and Bordeaux, France.
The Master of Wine qualification is achieved by passing three parts of the examination:
• Theory, comprising four three-hour question papers on viticulture, winemaking, the business of wine and contemporary issues
• Practical, comprising three 12-wine blind tastings of a range of international wines which are assessed for variety, origin, quality and style
• a 10,000 word Dissertation on a subject selected by the candidate, relevant to the international wine industry
Candidates come from all areas of the wine industry. The majority are active in a commercial capacity, as wholesalers, importers or retailers, from major multi-nationals to independent merchants. A growing number are involved directly with winemaking, while other occupations include journalism, public relations, the hospitality industry and wine education.
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