Sixteen New Masters of Wine Join the Institute – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Sixteen New Masters of Wine Join the Institute


The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced sixteen new Masters of Wine (MWs). This group of new MWs is based in nine different countries; their addition to the Institute brings the total number of MWs in the world to 409, spread across 30 countries.

The exam consists of three stages, culminating in a final Research Paper. Each new MW’s research topic is listed along with a photo below.


Mike Best MW (UK)

Research Topic: An investigation into the cellar doors of Great Britain’s wine producers and the role they might play in future growth.

Nick Bielak MW (UK)

Research Topic: An investigation into the challenges faced by the Prosecco DOC producers since 2010.

Beans Boughton MW (UAE)

Research Topic: Examining the impact of market visits by winery principals on brand performance in the premium on-trade channel in Dubai.

Duane Coates MW (Australia)

Research Topic: Methods of preserving freshness in opened bottles of wine.

Jacqueline Cole Blisson (Canada)

Research Topic: A study into Ontario’s quest for global fine wine recognition.

Róisín Curley MW (Ireland)

Research Topic: A scientific study comparing the influence of three different strains of Oenococcus oeni on malolactic fermentation kinetics and chemical properties relating to the color and flavor of Pinot Noir wine from Burgundy.

Tracey Dobbin MW (France)

Research Topic: Perceptions of négociants, châteaux and key market retailers on the market performance and market potential of dry white wines from Grand Cru Classé Sauternes.

Heidi Hansen MW (Norway)

Research Topic: Examining the quality of corrective feedback through an online educational platform and exploring the opportunities for development.

Christophe Heynen MW (Belgium)

Research Topic: An analysis of the use of crowdfunding methods as a tool for financing new vineyard and winery projects worldwide from the perspective of wine entrepreneurs.

Annette Lacey MW (Australia)

Research Topic: An investigation into whether the Tasmanian GI should be sub-divided.

Ido Lewinsohn MW (Israel)

Research Topic: How has the Israeli wine industry been affected by the Grapevine leafroll virus crisis and what is it doing to combat the disease?

William Lowe MW (UK)

Research Topic: Does wine tasting education improve performance in qualitative assessment of spirits?

Geoffrey Moss MW (Canada)

Research Topic: A case study of factors affecting wine club termination for nine California wineries.

Ray O’Connor MW (UK)

Research Topic: An investigation into the chemical and sensory characteristics in the use of specific inactivated yeast in bulk-shipped Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Adam Porter MW (UK)

Research Topic: Can premium wines be marketed in single serve cans in the UK retail market?

Louise Wilson (Canada)

Research Topic: An investigation into consumer attitudes toward vegan and vegetarian wine in Canada.

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