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Dallas Businesswoman and Educator
Is the First and Only Texas Resident to Achieve
The Coveted
Title of Master of Wine
 
Dilek Caner
Dallas, Texas - On Friday September 6th 2013, Dilek Caner, PhD, MW became the first and only Texas resident to successfully achieve the highly coveted title and professional qualification of Master of Wine (MW). Considering there are only 38 Masters of Wine in the United States today and 312 worldwide, this is certainly a monumental accomplishment for any wine professional.  According to The Institute of Masters of Wine's website, "attaining this title is internationally recognized as the pinnacle of achievement in the wine world today and considered as the highest level of professional certification." The website further clarifies the Master of Wine qualification as "only granted to those that have extensively demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and ability in the art, science and business of wine" (excerpts from www.mastersofwine.org/).
 
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To illustrate the level of difficulty in completing the MW program, Dilek has compared her journey to becoming an MW as "even more challenging than completing her doctoral degree in Economics." The path to attaining the Master of Wine title could be best described as “taking the road less traveled” for the majority of wine professionals today. In fact, it is such an extensive and exhaustive quest that it appears to be more reminiscent of an academic “running of the gauntlet.” Candidates for the Master of Wine title are assessed in a theoretical and practical exam administered over four grueling days in three separate stages. Each candidate must pass this four day exam consisting of both written essays and blind wine tastings. The theory portion of the exam consists of four three-hour written exams on viticulture, enology and the business of wine. The practical portion of the exam consists of three separate blind wine tastings with twelve wines on three consecutive mornings. Each candidate is expected to assess the wines for variety, origin, winemaking, quality and style. Being able to quickly and correctly evaluate all 36 wines through a series of logical deductions is critical to successfully passing the tasting exams. Only after a candidate has passed both the practical and theory portions of the exam, are they then invited to write an original research dissertation for the final phase of the exam.
 
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As a Master of Wine, Dilek is also expected to support wine-centric groups within her community by encouraging the pursuit of wine knowledge and professional integrity. According to a recent post on the MW’s Facebook page, “The motto "Scientia Atque Integritas" from the officially recognized Coat of Arms is Latin for "Knowledge and Integrity." The post also said that "all those who pass all the Institute's exams must sign a Code of Conduct guaranteeing personal integrity and their commitment to share and pass on their knowledge before they are admitted as Masters of Wine” (excerpt of www.facebook.com/#!/mastersofwine). Dilek has already successfully accomplished this additional statute by administering, developing and founding the Dallas Wine Center. The Dallas Wine Center currently offers three separate developmental levels of fun and insightful wine classes for the public within the Dallas and Fort Worth area. These affordable classes are based on the WSET® (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) certification model and were specifically designed to benefit a multitude of people with a broad range of interest in the world of wine. To learn more about The Dallas Wine Center visit www.dallaswinecenter.com/
 
Contact Info
Dilek Caner, PhD, MW
Cell Phone: 917-957-8529
Email: canerdilek@yahoo.com
Website: http://dallaswinecenter.com/
 
 




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