The trustees of the Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation were delighted to once again put on an evening event, by kind permission of the Master and Wardens of the Vintners’ Company, in Vintners’ Hall in order to raise money for the Foundation. We were delighted that we had 10 teams taking part in the event all competing for various prizes, kindly donated by generous friends of the Foundation.
It was a hard-fought contest with the Bluffers excelling themselves in laying false trails and traps to fall into. In the end there was a clear winner and very suitably the Freemen of the Vintners’ Company took the winners podium. For more information see the full report attached here: DJMF Call My Wine Bluff Report
The Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation formally invites you to this year’s “Call My (Wine) Bluff” at The Vintners’ Hall, 68 Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3BG, Monday 5th February 2018. Drinks reception from 6:30pm for a prompt quiz start at 7.00pm. Additional information is included in the attached invitation: CMWB 2018 Invitation
We are delighted to share that two more DJMF scholarship recipients, Alistair Cooper and Emma Dawson, are on the list of new members announced by the Institute of Masters of Wine for 2017. They are two of 14 this year who survived the rigorous MW examination process and become the fourth and fifth Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation Scholars to have been awarded the prestigious title.
Alistair’s passion for Latin American wine and languages took him to South America for many years. Upon returning to England he was persuaded to enroll in the MW course, Alistair noted in an interview with Harpers, after being awarded the Derouet Jameson Scholarship for his WSET Diploma.
The Derouet Jameson committee had the pleasure of hosting Alistair for lunch shortly after the announcement. “Being awarded the DJ scholarship was a huge boost for me,” Alistair told us. “Indeed, it was the deciding factor in persuading me to enroll in the MW program.”
Alistair explained, “aside from the considerable (and extremely welcome) financial help it gave me, the fact that the trustees believed in me gave me great self-belief in my studies. I remember flying back early from a wine trip to Australia to make the interview. I came straight from the airport to Vintners Hall to meet the trustees. Thank goodness, the interview went well! The Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation is a wonderful institution, and I owe the trustees a huge thank you for their support. I look forward to seeing many more award recipients joining the MW ranks in the future.”
Alistair Cooper MW
After years working for wineries in Chile and Argentina, Alistair moved back to the UK in 2006. He has since set up several wine bars, most recently “1855” in Oxford and he also runs tastings and events for private clients.
He has written features for various publications, including Decanter, and is also resident wine expert for BBC Radio Oxford. For more see Alistair’s Masters of Wine Profile and his website www.alistaircooper.co.uk.
Emma Dawson MW entered the wine world after a first career in film and media. Learning about wine started as a hobby. But this changed after she took a chance move into the retail world and started working in Sainsbury’s supermarket. Whilst completing her WSET diploma she joined their wine department. She was awarded two scholarships from WSET during these studies; the Champagne Academy scholarship and Worshipful Company of Distiller’s scholarship. She also started to run a new type of wine tasting called the ‘Naked Grape’ for charity. From then, Marks & Spencer asked her to join their team as a buyer and she was offered the WSET Derouet Jameson scholarship to study on the Master of Wine Study Programme. In the seven years since she joined Marks & Spencer she has worked in several buying areas; across wine and spirits. Among her specialism is a focus on lesser known wine regions, bringing new wines to their range from; Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Georgia, Turkey, Bolivia, Japan, India and Brazil. She also buys Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy, South America and Fine Wine for the company.
The Derouet Jameson Memorial Foundation hosted a wine-themed ‘Call My Bluff’ quiz at the the Vintners’ Hall on Wednesday 17th February 2016.
There were more than 50 people, nine teams, four rounds, and four winners! OK… Two of the winners were for last- and second-last place. But a prize is a prize! The main point is it was a fantastic night.
A full account of the night’s festivities and the winners/losers is available here: DJMF C M W B evening report.
Looking forward to the next event…
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015/16 Derouet Jameson Award. Andrea Schmidt (Oddbins) and Elizabeth Pearce (Majestic) were both identified as outstanding candidates by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and were awarded scholarships by Grania Gregson (daughter of Tim Derouet) at the Guildhall on 18 January 2016.
The Masters of Wine announced the award in their latest newsletter (link):
“The Derouet-Jameson Memorial Foundation, which is one of the largest charitable sponsors of Wine Trade education in the country, will provide their application and first year study fees for the course starting in January 2017.”
We look forward to supporting them both through their studies.
It was with great pride that we watched John Pepper, a Derouet Jameson award winner, become a Master of Wine in 2013. In the three years since, no less than three of the students we’ve supported have now graduated as Masters of Wine. We are very proud of them all and are excited to see what’s next.
Jonathan Jameson (left) had the honour and pleasure of presenting the 2014 Derouet Jameson awards to our winners at the Guildhall this year. We are delighted to announce that the 2014 winners are Tom Parker (centre left) and Alvaro Ribalta (centre right), shown below along with Gerard Basset MW (right) who was officiating. Congratulations!