The Institute of Masters of Wine has named 10 new members this morning (26 February), including the first Italian master of wine (pictured).
The new MWs are based in five countries, principally the UK and US, and their addition to the institute swells its global members to 418 MWs in total.
The new UK-based members are: James Doidge MW, Alvaro Ribalta Millan MW and Tze Sam MW. In the US are: Susan Lim MW, Melissa Saunders MW, Kryss Speegle MW and Clare Tooley MW.
Meanwhile, Italy now has its first master of wine in Gabriele Gorelli MW, Moritz Nikoluas Lueke MW is based in Germany and Sophie Parker-Thompson MW in New Zealand.
Between them the new MWs turned in a reliably eclectic group of research papers, covering topics such as: the influence of classic music on the perception of brut non-vintage Champagne (Lin); organic fining options for Brunello di Montalcino to prevent quercetin precipitation (Gorelli); the impact of cannabis production on viticulture on Sonoma County (Tooley) and the political, economic and social significance of wine drinking and intoxication in 18th century English literature (Sam).