During the Master of Wine Awards Ceremony in London the 5th of November Louise Sydbeck (head of wine department at Riviera Yacht Support – now Riviera Wine) became the 100th woman in the world to be awarded the most prestigious wine qualification available – Master of Wine. In addition to this qualification she also received the Bollinger Medal which is awarded to the candidate who has shown the most outstanding results in the three day blind tasting examination.
“I am so overwhelmed and relieved that I finally have achieved my goal of becoming a Master of Wine. I started on the program back in 2007 and it has indeed been a long journey. Already then I had a very profound knowledge of wine but as we supply the finest wines available to charter guests and yacht owners I felt there was a need to go further, I wanted to make sure that we were able to provide the highest quality of service and knowledge to our clients. I am now very happy to say that we are the only company in yachting that has a full time Master of Wine on our staff and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion!”
Louise adds her name to the list of only 319 people who hold the Master of Wine qualification today. The Institute of Masters of Wine was established in 1953 and the qualification is one of the most rigorous and difficult to achieve with an extremely low pass rate. Nearly double this number of people has voyaged into space!
We offer the biggest congratulations to Louise for this incredible achievement! We've all known that she has been the Master of Wine for years, but to have the M.W at the end of her name is incredible.
The Institute of Masters of Wine
For sixty years the Institute of Masters of Wine has been promoting professional excellence and knowledge of the art, science and business of wine. It began with an exam held for the first time in 1953 for the trade, known as the Master of Wine examination. Two years later the Institute of Masters of Wine was formed by the people who had passed the inaugural exam. The Institute’s membership now spans 24 countries while its study, examination and events programs are conducted annually on a worldwide basis.
Master of Wine website; http://www.mastersofwine.org/
Riviera Yacht Support: www.rivierayachtsupport.com