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Meet the new Chinese Masters of Wine

decanter.com by 02/09/2019  

The eight new Masters of Wine are spread across five different countries, from China to Finland, and they join six students who passed the notoriously tough exams earlier this year.

The newest members of the exclusive club, announced Friday 30 August, are:

Julien Boulard MW (China)

Thomas Curtius MW (Germany)

Dominic Farnsworth MW (UK)

Lydia Harrison MW (UK)

Heidi M?kinen MW (Finland)

Christine Marsiglio MW (UK)

Edward Ragg MW (PR China)

Gus Jian Zhu MW (USA)

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Julien Boulard MW was born in Alsace but has been based in China since 2003, where he works as a wine educator, taster and judge. He became an accredited teacher with the Bordeaux Wine School in China in 2008.

His research paper was: Exploring the potential of Marselan production in China.

Edward Ragg MW is based in China, where he co-founded Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting in Beijing with his wife and partner, Fongyee Walker MW, in 2007. He co-wrote the Cambridge University Guide to Blind Tasting, having begun tasting wine at the institution, and he is authorised to teach the WSET Diploma in mainland China. He has also judged at several wine competitions.

His research paper was: Portfolio management strategies of major Chinese wine importers: an analysis of the evolving mainland Chinese import market 2008-2018.

Gus Jian Zhu MW is based in the US and became a wine educator under Edward Ragg and Fongyee Walker (see above), while also completing an MSc in viticulture and oenology at UC Davis. He teaches WSET courses and is an international consultant on wine education. He is also a guest lecturer at the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

His research paper was: The impact of acidity adjustments on the sensory perception of a Californian Chardonnay.