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Liquid Icons launches The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

Liquid Icons announces launch of The Golden Vines Awards, The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships, and Diversity & Inclusion-related wine education programmes through The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation

Liquid Icons – the fine wine research and content production company founded by the late former Sommelier Wine Awards judge, Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, and his friend Lewis Chester DipWSET has launched The Golden Vines Awards.

The not-for-profit Golden Vines Awards event will recognise the ‘star performers of the fine wine industry’ and raise funds for The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation with the aim of funding diversity and inclusion-related wine education programmes, including the headline Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programmes.

The Golden Vines Awards will be awarded to the world’s best fine wine producers as voted by leading members of the global fine wine industry in the Gerard Basset Global Fine Wine Report produced by Liquid Icons, with polling open from today (8th March 2021).
 



The Golden Vines Award Categories

independently adjudicated by Deloitte LLP, are:

  • Best Fine Wine Producer in Europe Award

  • Best Fine Wine Producer in the Americas Award

  • Best Fine Wine Producer in the Rest of the World (Australasia, Africa, Asia & Middle East) Award

  • World’s Best Fine Wine Producer Award

  • World’s Best Rising Star Award

  • Innovation Award

  • Hall of Fame Award – awarded to a living individual for extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the production of fine wine, or for outstanding service to the world of fine wine.
     



The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programme

Liquid Icons reports that the fine wine industry is at ‘ground zero’ when it comes to diversity with there being very few BAME / BIPOC Masters of Wine globally, and only three BAME / BIPOC Master Sommeliers.

Liquid Icons and The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation intend to make a difference to the world by creating the opportunity for students from the BAME / BIPOC communities to have access to all levels of wine education.

The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programme will include two scholarships for aspiring black and ethnic minority students wishing to undertake the Masters of Wine (MW) and Master Sommelier (MS) programmes – open to candidates from all over the world.


The Scholarships

These scholarships, worth up to £55,000 for each scholar, will cover the entirety of their course and examination costs, as well as loss of earnings during their work placement internships.


The Internship Programme

The Internship programme includes a set of diversified work experiences with some of the world’s top wine domaines including the likes of Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Colgin Cellars, Dom Pérignon, Domaine Baron Thenard, Domaine des Lambrays, Domaine Laroche, Heitz Wine Cellars, Liber Pater, Opus One, Ruinart, and Weingut Egon Müller, among others, as well as academic courses at UC Davis Department of Enology & Viticulture, the Kedge Wine School, and the OIV.


The Judging Panel

The judging panel for The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships is comprised of Nina Basset FIH, Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines), Carlton McCoy MS (Heitz Cellar), Clement Robert MS (The Birley Clubs / Annabel’s) and Jancis Robinson OBE MW. The judges will also provide ongoing mentorship to the Golden Vines Diversity Scholars during their academic journey.


The Application Process

The application window for The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships opens on 8th March 2021 and closes on the 16th April 2021. All interested applicants should apply online at liquidicons.com.

The application process has been devised in association with the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Court of Master Sommeliers (European Chapter).



Apply Here!

Apply for The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships via http://liquidicons.com

Application deadline is Friday 16 April 2021.