Raley’s announced Curtis Mann, the organization’s Director of Alcohol & Beverage, has been named Master of Wine (MW) by the Institute of Masters of Wine. As the most prestigious wine certification in the world, Mann will join an accomplished group of 396 Masters around the world with only 53 of those residing in the US. Mann is currently the only Master of Wine buying for a grocery chain in the US.
“We want to congratulate Curtis on this impressive achievement,” said Paul Gianetto, Raley’s SVP of Sales & Merchandising. “Curtis’s perspective and knowledge will continue to enhance our wine category, bringing in new varietals from all over the world at a price point that meets our customers’ needs.”
The MW examination was first held in 1953 and is designed to test the breadth and depth of one’s theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the art, science and business of wine. To receive this elite certification, Mann passed the Institute’s examination, which consists of several theory and practical exams and culminates in the submission of a final research paper.
“Becoming a Master of Wine is an incredible honor,” said Mann. “Passing this exam has inspired men even more to share my passion for wine with our Raley’s customers and team members.”
Mann joined Raley’s in 2013 and as the grocer’s wine buyer, he gained much of his knowledge for the MW through his experience at Raley’s, traveling the world, finding unique wines and meeting with winemakers and winery owners.