For the last 10 years I have dreamed of entering Vintners Hall in London and becoming a Master of Wine. Ten years. In times of doubt or anxiety I would envision myself walking up to the podium, in an effort to give me the motivation I needed to continue the journey.
Well, it finally happened. And it was the highest level of euphoria I have *ever* felt in my life. Walking in from the back of the room to thunderous applause was an absolutely incredible experience.
But the festivities started the day before with a dinner at 67 Pall Mall with the family!
I need to mention how special this was for me to have my entire family there. My family from Barcelona, and my parents flew in from Toronto for this, and my brother flew up from Switzerland. If I hadn’t had all their love and support through this entire MW journey, I don’t think I would have made it through to the finish line. It was so special to have dinner with them all the night before the ceremony.
The next day it was all about the ceremony!
As the Brits would say, I got all “suited and booted” …
… and off to Vintners Hall!
Where the places were arranged and ready to go …
Including this one!
Before the festivities there was picture time, where all us new MWs had our picture taken with the current Chairman of the Institute, Jane Masters …
And we had opportunity for family portraits too! Again, I have to say how great it was to be able to have my family there for the ceremony.
And then the most important picture was set to be taken, the group shot of all the new MWs, though I couldn’t help but ham it up with a selfie before hand …
And here’s the real one!
And then it was on to the ceremony!
I actually don’t really remember walking on stage to get my MW. It’s all sort of a hazy blur, but I do remember feeling a sense of relief!
The next morning was a little rough, to be sure. I needed a little (non-vinous) reinforcement while I stared longingly at the piece of paper I’ve been pursuing so hard all these years!
After a lovely restorative lunch at River Cafe, it was off to the airport for the flight home to Barcelona, with framed MW under my arm!
With that ceremony the journey to the MW has come to an end. But now a new journey begins, one with me as an actual MW. A journey where I can continue to learn, can add value to the world of wine, and can contribute to the Institute of Masters of Wine!