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Currently 10 new Masters of Wine have been announced – which includes our quite personal Barbara Drew. Just after 3 intensive years of study, we asked her what she’ll be uncorking in celebration of these two tough-earned initials…

Just after quite a few sleepless nights and hours of gut-wrenching nervousness, a cup of tea was in reality 1st on my list of items to drink this morning soon after I received that wondrous telephone contact confirming that I had completed all of the needs and turn into a Master of Wine (a single of only 380 in the globe).

Nerves settled on the other hand, and my thoughts right away turned to what drinks would be appropriate to celebrate such an achievement. Best of the list is of course Champagne, but as befits my unique passion for lesser-recognized designs, the a single that fits the bill is the 2011 Champagne Fleury, Notes Blanches. Produced from a single of the 4 “forgotten” Champagne grapes, this is 100 % Pinot Blanc, with a fresh and slightly tropical fruit character. Fantastic for midday drinking.

On Sunday, meanwhile, at a lazy lunch with pals gathered from the 4 corners of the island, it will have to be a thing additional classic, a thing unearthed from an old cellar a couple of years ago: 1974 Ch. Giscours. To be sincere, no matter if it will have stood the test of time is a query even the MW has not ready me for – as they say, there is no such issue as a great wine, merely great bottles of wine. Possibly some of the bottles will have fallen by the wayside in their 44-year evolution, possibly some will turn out to be beautifully preserved gems. Either way, opening them and celebrating the capriciousness and deliciousness of wine, with pals, is what it is really all about.

Barbara Drew MW is a Wine and Spirits Education Specialist in our Events group.