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Masters of Wine institute reveals four new MWs

Published:  05 March, 2018

The institute of Masters of Wine has revealed its latest four recruits, including two new Masters of Wine (MW) from the UK.

The new MWs quartet comprises Cassidy Dart MW and Simon Milroy MW from the UK, alongside Martin Reyes MW and Caroline Hermann MW from the US.

The four newcomers take the total number of MWs to 370 spread across 28 countries around the world.

Cassidy, who joined the wine trade in 2003, is based in the UK and is the fifth South African to pass the MW examinations.

Having previously worked for two traditional English wine merchants, Cassidy joined Pol Roger in 2008 where he is currently director of wine. In addition, he has also consulted for Mullineux and Leeu Wines in the Swartland, South Africa.

Milroy MW started his wine career with Majestic Wine on its graduate trainee management scheme and has managed various stores, including one of Majestic’s flagship central London stores.

During his time at Majestic, he became a certified tutor for the WSET, delivering in-house courses to Majestic Wine’s employees before moving to the independent sector working for the Sampler Wine Merchant after which he moved to Domaine Direct to look after retail sales.

He is currently “pursuing new opportunities”, while continuing to judge at wine competitions and working on occasion for the WSET.

Based in Washington DC, Hermann is the import-export program manager for wine, beer, and spirits in the US Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Reyes is the first MW of Mexican descent and a first-generation American. With a prolific career as a buyer, importer, educator, and more recently, winemaker, he has held influential roles in many sectors of the industry.

Having proving their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards, MWs are in addition to passing the exams also required to sign the MW code of conduct before they are entitled to use the MW initials.