The Institute of Masters of Wine has today announced seven new Masters of Wine, from five different countries. Amongst them is Majestic Buyer Beth Pearce.
Beth embarked on her MW study journey in 2016 after completing the WSET Diploma, where she received the Derouet Jameson scholarship. Her research paper was titled ‘How effective is it to use the reduced carbon footprint of bulk shipping and UK bottling as a marketing message?’
The total number of MWs in the world is now 396 in 30 countries. The full list of new arrivals can be found here.
The Master of Wine programme represents one of the greatest challenges in wine education – and takes over three years to complete. Beth is the first Majestic employee to complete the qualification within the business – something CEO John Colley was quick to describe as :
“An absolutely incredible achievement, and a huge testimony to Beth’s fantastic skills, dedication and knowledge. We’re very proud to have her on board and to toast our first Master of Wine in 40 years! “
Beth began her Majestic career in the Bath store in 2010, but left to experience wine and retail in Australia. She returned to the UK, and Majestic, in 2013 – initially becoming our first non-wine buyer in 2016. She currently looks after New Zealand, Australia, North America, Bordeaux, Rhone, Regional France, Alsace and Eastern & Central Europe for the retailer
Speaking after receiving confirmation of her graduation, Beth said
“It’s absolutely wonderful to be joining the elite number of MWs worldwide, and today represents the conclusion of a heck of a lot of work and effort. It was over a decade ago when I first visited the vineyards New Zealand and truly caught the wine bug. I never would have believed how that initial experience could lead to a day like today.
Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off for a pint and then home to open something rather special!”