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Published:  23 July, 2008

Three candidates have passed the 2002 Masters of Wine examinations, bringing the total number of MWs to 235. The new MWs are Konstantinos Lazarakis, imports manager and wine buyer for Aiolos, based in Athens, Greece; Robert Paulinski, a wine merchant based in Michigan, USA and Michael Ritchie, logistics manager for Marne & Champagne Diffusion, Ltd UK. In addition, eight further candidates passed both the practical and theory examinations and will now have a year to complete their dissertations under the system introduced in 2001. These are Xenia Irwin, Igor Ryjenkov, Jean Wareing, Rod Smith, Simon Larkin, Fergal Tynan and Sam Harrop. Another candidate, Sheri Sauter, has to complete a single paper resit (paper two) but has been allowed to proceed with her dissertation. Other successes were: Charles Curtis, Miles Corish, James Cluer and Richard James (practical pass) and Cathy van Zyl (theory pass). Harrop and Larkin passed the exams at the first attempt. It is possible that there will be a total of seven new MWs when the awards are announced in November. Simon Field, Marina Gayan, Meg Brodtmann and Toni Paterson all passed the practical and theory examinations last year and have now submitted, or are in the process of submitting, their dissertations.