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.