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First MW of 2005 as Institute moves

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has named the first new MW of the year and has also announced that it has secured a new home.

Jean Wareing, marketing manager at Boutinot, joined the Institute's ranks after her dissertation, Precision viticulture - Is it a practical new method of vineyard management?' - was accepted.

The IMW pulled out of a proposed move to the new Wine and Spirit Education Trust premises last month and will now be based at 2/3 Philpot Lane in the City of London.

Siobhan Turner, executive director of the IMW, said: I am very excited about the new premises. The space will be refurbished over the summer to provide suitable working accommodation for us in the executive office, together with a meeting room and a members' room, where MWs visiting London can work or relax during the day. Being in central London and yet still close to the WSET's new premises in Bermondsey also will enable us to continue to work closely with them to progress wine education worldwide.' The Institute is planning to move in mid-July.

The IMW also has announced a new scholarship for countries where it is not well represented and economic factors exist'.

Named the Chairman's Scholarship, the first country selected will be South Africa.

The scholarship will cover three years of course fees, two exam attempts and two cases of wine per year. Applications will be taken from July.