Dr. Liz Thach MW, of Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute, becomes the first female on the West Coast to achieve the distinction of Master of Wine. Less than 300 individuals have earned the right to use the initials MW after their name and Professor Thach is one of only seven women in the United States to achieve this honor.
“Liz has worked tirelessly for this honor, traveling extensively to visit the world’s wine regions, researching and publishing on the latest developments in the industry, as well as studying for the rigorous exams, extending her expertise to the highest level,” noted Ray Johnson, director of the Wine Business Institute.
While teaching graduate and undergraduate wine business students, Dr. Thach MW is also completing a new book on the ten top vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, planning to work the upcoming crush at a winery in California’s North Coast, publishing her Master of Wine dissertation in a refereed journal, further developing her research stream on the wine preferences of Millennials and segmentation strategies, producing an annual report of the research work of the Wine Business Institute focusing on its practical applications, and continuing her work on various boards and not-for-profits in the wine industry.
Professor Thach MW will be formally inducted to the membership of the Institute of Masters of Wine at its annual awards ceremony and reception at Vintners' Hall in London on November 9 of this year.