Six new masters of wine announced

22 February, 2019
Harriet Tindal Master of Wine

Harriet Tindal MW

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced six new masters of wine, from six countries.

The new MWs are: Edouard Baijot MW (France), Nicholas Jackson MW (USA), Brendan Jansen MW (Australia), Jonas Röjerman MW (Sweden), Harriet Tindal MW (Ireland) and Jonas Tofterup MW (Spain).

There are now 384 MWs in the world, based in 30 countries.

The MW examination consists of three stages and culminates in the submission of a final research paper, an in-depth study on a wine-related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences.

All MWs are required to sign the MW code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity and to use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others. 

The new MWs

Edouard Baijot MW (France)

Baijot was born in Reims and grew up in a village near Vertus, in the Côte des Blancs, where he discovered Champagne from an early age. After completing an MSc in management from IÉSEG School of Management, Baijot entered the wine industry in 2002 when he joined E & J Gallo in France. He started as a sales representative for Brittany where he enjoyed the challenge of selling Californian wines to the French. Sixteen years later, he now heads up Gallo’s fine wine business for Europe. Baijot completed his WSET Diploma in 2010, became a WSET ‘certified educator’ in 2014 and started the MW study programme in 2012.

Research paper

Why and how Champagne producers should react to the development of English sparkling wine sales in the UK off-trade market.

Nicholas Jackson MW (US)

Jackson is an independent fine wine advisor based in New York. Through his company, Vintage Variation LLC, he advises private clients, retailers and other wine businesses on all aspects of fine wine. Jackson’s wine career began at  Cambridge university where he was a member of the Cambridge university blind wine tasting team in the 2011 varsity match against Oxford. His first wine job was at Cambridge Wine Merchants. After graduating with a PhD in Theology, he started work as an auction specialist at Sotheby’s in London, before moving to New York in 2012. There, he became the buyer for Sotheby’s wine retail store. He left Sotheby’s at the end of 2018 to start his own business.   

Research paper

Depictions of grapes, vines and wine in the work of four seventeenth-century English poets.

Brendan Jansen MW (Australia)

Jansen is a specialist medical practitioner, and the development of his expertise in wine began with his involvement in tasting groups with colleagues. His love of wine was cemented when he lived in Italy for two years, during which time he developed an affinity for, and in-depth knowledge of, Italian wines. Jansen is involved in industry tasting panels, writing, wine consultancy and judging. He runs courses in Western Australia ranging from introductory to specialised, and his dream is to establish a boutique wine school in his hometown of Perth. 

Keywords: masters of wine

Digital Edition

Drinks International digital edition is available ahead of the printed magazine. Don’t miss out, make sure you subscribe today to access the digital edition and all archived editions of Drinks International as part of your subscription.


La'Mel Clarke

Service isn’t servitude: the skill of hosting

La’Mel Clarke, front of house at London’s Seed Library, looks at the forgotten art of hosting and why it deserves the same respect as bartending.