Seven new Masters of Wine announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine has named seven new masters of wine, from five countries, bringing the total number of MWs to 396 worldwide.

The latest members are: Vaness Conlin MW (US), Elizabeth Kelly MW (UK), Pasi Ketolainen MW (Finland), Lin Liu MW (France), Curtis Mann MW (US), Beth Pearce MW (UK) and Ross Wise MW (Canada).

Having passed their exams and completed their research papers (see below), the successful candidates can now call themselves Masters of Wine or MWs and must abide by the Institute’s code of conduct.

The number of MWs and their global distribution continues to grow. The top six countries where MWs are based are: Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and US


Vanessa Conlin MW

Living in Napa Valley where she is head of Wine Access, an e-commerce wine retailer, Conlin was a professional opera singer before joining the wine industry and holds a master’s degree in music. She worked in wine shops and bars in New York City before moving to Napa where she worked for several wineries including Arietta Wines and Dana Estates.

Research paper: Land and winery ownership in Napa Valley from 1998-2018: historical, legal, and economic factors affecting vineyards and wineries and the resulting current opportunities and limitations for ownership.


Elizabeth Kelly MW

Kelly joined the wine industry after gaining a degree in mathematical physics. She worked at Oddbins and the WSET before joining Marks & Spencer in 2013 where she is now involved in buying English wine and product development.

Research paper: A sustainability scheme for the UK wine production industry.




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