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Hi, I'm Dermot Nolan, and I became a Master of Wine (MW) in 1997, and resigned from the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2023 after being an MW for exactly 26 years. I opened a wine shop in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library, which closed in 2018, and this is my personal wine blog. I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article in re the ethics of wine trips and writing. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy since 1990. I was a Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events Committee, founder of the Trips Committee, and member of the Governance Committee. Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Some sad news

I am sorry to say that I received news today that John Taylor MW passed away on Friday last. John was a keen Arsenal fan (which I did not hold against him!) and a really nice character. He became an MW 41 years ago and his passing reduces the number of active MWs to 303 (Thanks to Siobhan Turner for the correction).


Unknown said...

Such sad news. But it's 303 now (with Adam/Eric/Alison added, it was 304).

DermotMW said...

Hi Siobhan,

You're spot on - you can take the ED out of IMW but you cannot take IMW out of the ED!

Good to hear from you even if over sad news.