The Institute of Masters of Wine Welcomes Six New Members

Plus other news and notes in the world of wine, beer and spirits.
The Institute of Masters of Wine today announced the induction of six new Masters of Wine, including Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl (pictured), Germany’s fifth MW and the second German woman to achieve the title. The other new MWs are Robin Kick and Nicholas Paris of the United States, Natasha Hughes and Rob MacCulloch of the United Kingdom, and Louise Sydbeck (Sweden). The announcement brings the total number of MWs to 319, in 24 countries.

Last week, Vinexpo announced its appointment of two new directors: Mathieu Vanhalst, who will manage sales, and Richard Guyon, who will lead the marketing department. These appointments occur ahead of the inaugural Vinexpo Nippon in Tokyo in November 2014.

Atlas Vineyard Management and Price Family Vineyards announced their purchase of Sonoma Coast’s Walala Vineyard as part of a formed joint venture. The vineyard is comprised of 17 acres of Pinot Noir at 1200 feet above sea level, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. In addition to Walala, the companies are looking to acquire other vineyard properties together.

According to the Napa Valley Register, producers of wine country music festival BottleRock are planning an earthquake relief concert, tentatively scheduled for September 28, 2014. Cosponsored by the Napa Valley Expo, the event hopes to raise money for those affected by the August 24th earthquake through the Napa Valley Community Foundation, an organization supporting area small businesses and residents.

Drizly, a beer, wine and liquor delivery app, has expanded into Washington D.C., its sixth metropolitan market. The company, which has raised $4.8 million in funding since launching in 2013, is also currently operating in Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York and Los Angeles. 

Published on September 8, 2014