M&S enologist scoops major prize

  • Thursday 13 November 2003

Marks and Spencer’s wine technologist Sam Harrop has just passed his Master of Wine exams – together with a highly prestigious award.

The Tim Derouet Memorial Foundation Prize for Excellence is one of the handful of prizes given each year by the Institute of Masters of Wine to graduates of the notoriously difficult MW exams.

Though it has risen markedly in recent years, the MW pass rate is extremely low, with only a small percentage getting through the several tiers of exams. There are now 240 MWs in the world.

There have been less than 20 winners of the Derouet prize since it was first awarded in 1976.

Sam Harrop MW said, ‘I’m thrilled - and relieved - that after studying for two and a half years I’ve achieved this accolade.’

Harrop is a New Zealander who works as a flying consultant winemaker for the UK supermarket chain. The 350-strong M&S portfolio consists entirely of own-label wines made in close consultation with wine producers worldwide.

In the November issue of Decanter magazine, 18 of the 100 Best Wines Under £10 were Marks and Spencer wines, the most a single company has ever had listed in a Decanter tasting.

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