Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Darden | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10
Harvard | Mr. Midwest Dreamer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Foster School of Business | Ms. Diamond Dealer
GRE 308, GPA Merit
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Undergraduate GPA
GMAT 720 (Expected), GPA 2.49
Stanford GSB | Ms. Try Something New
GMAT 740, GPA 3.86
Darden | Mr. Military Missile Defense
GRE 317, GPA 3.26

The Ultimate B-School Exam: A Barsac Or A Sauternes?



The group also turned to alumni for essential financial and competitive support. The Anderson alumni in the wine industry were thrilled to hear that their alma mater would be represented in such a prestigious setting and were happy to help. One alum donated bottles from his personal collection of rare vintages, one of which the team actually encountered in the New York competition. Another alum set up a tasting with Laura Maniec, Master Sommeliers and co-founder of Corkbuzz Winestudio, who helped refine their palates.

The 2012 documentary, “Somm,” shed light on the highest echelon of wine connoisseurs: Master Sommeliers. If the competing MBAs somehow make it through the rigorous process to achieve this level of nearly unattainable expertise, they will be endowed with the utmost authority over the entire wine industry.  A Master Sommeliers is an invaluable asset for any company in the business of wine.

The Bordeaux Cup provides exceptional access into the wine and beverage industry for MBAs seeking employment after school. The UCLA wine club members believe their wine knowledge will also catalyze many relationships elsewhere as well. Margot explains, “The human element is so important for business these days and having a different common interest with people really helps. Wine does what golf does for business relationships.”

When they finish business school, these MBAs will be perfectly situated to take advantage of a growing global industry that dates back to 3000 B.C. The old Latin adage says, In Vino Veritas. Well today, it should say, In Vino Opportunitas.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.