Bernard Burtschy is Regional Chair for Beaujolais, South West and Rest of France at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018
Bernard Burtschy writes for l’Avis du Vin, a weekly column in French publication Le Figaro. In addition, he contributes to a number of other publications in the French press, including Amateur de Bordeaux and Amateur de Cigare, as well as Wands in Japan and Feinschmecker in Germany.
He is a member of the Grand Jury Européen, president of the Association de la Presse du Vin, and contributes to books on wine. Outside of the world of wine, Burtschy is a professor of statistics at the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.
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Fiona McDonald is Regional Chair for South Africa at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Fiona McDonaldFiona McDonald
Fiona McDonald is a trained news journalist who began her wine journalism career when she helped a friend organise a wine show, which resulted in her writing a weekly wine column. With McDonald’s previous roles including those of specialist medical reporter, night news editor, sub editor and newspaper designer, she was then headhunted by WINE magazine in Cape Town.
The eight years McDonald spent as editor of WINE saw her play a large role in documenting the changing face of South African wine, particularly as her tenure coincided with the industry’s post-apartheid era.
Although a freelance writer, McDonald edits the magazine Cheers, as well as contributing to a number of other publications. In addition to serving as a judge at a number of international wine competitions, she is also a member of the Platter Guide tasting panel and writing team.Fiona McDonald was first a judge at the DWWA in 2009. See more DWWA 2018 Regional Chairs. Meet the Judges: Fiona McDonald
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Ferran Centelles is joint Regional Chair for Spain with Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Ferran CentellesFerran Centelles
Ferran Centelles is the Spanish wine specialist for jancisrobinson.com. Previously, he was a sommelier at elBulli restaurant from 2000 to 2011, and when elBulli transformed itself to become elBullifoundation, Centelles was made drinks director, where he works now.
He has also been part of the team of Outlook Wine (The Barcelona Wine School). Centelles was named Best Sommelier in Spain in 2006 (Ruinart) and was awarded the National Gastronomy Award in 2011. He has published his first book about food and wine pairing called ¿Qué vino con este pato?
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Bob Campbell MW is Regional Chair for New Zealand in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Bob Campbell MW is wine editor of NZ Winegrower, Taste magazine and the Air NZ in-flight magazine as well as being New Zealand editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine.
Bob contributes to wine publications in seven countries. More than 22,000 people have attended Bob’s wine diploma courses which he runs in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He has been a senior judge in wine competitions in ten countries and is currently chairman of the New Zealand International Wine Show.
He is often sought after as an after-dinner speaker and lecturer.
Matt Walls is Regional Chair for the Rhone at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Matt WallsMatt Walls
Matt Walls is an award-winning freelance wine writer, author, blogger and consultant, contributing regular articles to Decanter, Foodism, timatkin.com, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Imbibe and others. He publishes wine blog mattwalls.co.uk, for which he was named the 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year.
His first book on wine, Drink Me, won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. In addition to writing, Walls advises restaurants on wine lists, hosts tastings, trains staff, and judges at food and wine competitions. He was previously fine wines manager at Mentzendorff and set up, managed and bought wines for the flagship store of The Sampler.
Matt Walls was first a judge at the DWWA in 2013.
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Jim Budd is Regional Chair for Loire at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA Regional Chair: Jim BuddJim Budd
Jim Budd moved from education to wine in 1988, and has contributed to Decanter since 1989. He was the editor of Circle Update, the newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers, from 1991-2015, writes the award-winning blog Jim’s Loire, and is one of the five members of Les 5 du Vin blog.
He exposes the dangers of drinks investment on his award-winning website investdrinks.org, and complementary blog investdrinks-blog.blogspot.com. Budd also contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, Wine Behind the Label and to Maureen Downey’s WineFraud.com and is a keen photographer, especially in the Loire.
Budd was first a DWWA judge in 2004.
Caro Maurer MW is Regional Chair for the Mediterranean at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA Regional Chair: Caro Maurer MWCaro Maurer MW
Caro Maurer MW is a wine writer based in Bonn, Germany, who currently shares her time between the General-Anzeiger, the daily newspaper in Bonn, and two magazines, Der Feinschmecker (The Gourmet) and the German edition of FINE.
With a writing career spanning almost 25 years, Maurer’s previous positions include working as a correspondent in New York and Los Angeles, as a staff editor for the German edition of Forbes magazine, and at Die Welt (The World), a German daily national newspaper. Maurer is also a wine educator, and judges at international wine competitions.
Maurer is also a wine educator, and judges at international wine competitions. She was first a DWWA judge in 2013.
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Poh Tiong Ch'ng is Regional Chair for the Middle East and Asia at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Poh Tiong Ch'ngPoh Tiong Ch’ng
A lawyer by training, Poh Tiong Ch’ng published the world’s first Chinese Bordeaux Guide in 2000. Ch’ng also writes columns in Wine Life and RVF China.
For nearly 20 years, he has been consultant to FairPrice and Finest, Singapore’s largest supermarket chain. Ch’ng is also a senior judge of World of Fine Wine’s Best Wine Lists in the World competition and contributes to the China, Japan & India sections of Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book.
Holding a certificate in Chinese art from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies, Ch’ng is an ambassador of The European Fine Art Foundation or TEFAF Maastricht. Ch’ng was first a DWWA judge in 2004.
Nico Manessis is Regional Chair for Greece and Cyprus at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA regional chair: Nico ManessisNico Manessis
Nico Manessis is an expert on the wines of his native Greece and the author of three wine books. Spending several months each year in various vineyards in Greece, Manessis chronicles stories and videos from his time there at greekwineworld.com, and his most recent endeavor has been to co-produce the award-winning documentary film Pelican’s Watch on Santorini’s unique vineyard – more details of which can be found at pelicanswatch.gr.
Manessis teaches at the College of Crete, Greece, and at the Université du Vin, Suze la Rousse, France. He is a member of the Académie Internationale du Vin. Manessis was first a DWWA judge in 2004.
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW is joint Regional Chair with Ferran Centelles for Spain at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA regional co-chair: Pedro Ballesteros Torres MWPedro Ballesteros Torres MW
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW is joint Regional Chair for Spain at DWWA 2018 alongside Ferran Centelles.
He holds a degree in agrofood engineering and a masters in viticulture and oenology. A columnist at several magazines in Spain and Belgium, Ballesteros Torres works in four languages.
He is active in the fields of wine promotion and education, and is also on the council of the Institute of Masters of Wine, the governing board of the Spanish Taster Union, the Board of the International Federation of Wine Journalists, the wine expert committee of the Basque Culinary Centre and an expert at OIV. Pedro is also a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.
Ballesteros Torres was first a DWWA judge in 2013.
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Huon Hooke is joint Regional Chair for Australia with Anthony Rose at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA Regional Chair: Huon HookeHuon Hooke
Huon Hooke is a leading independent wine writer, based in Sydney, who makes his living from writing, judging and educating about wine. A journalist first and wine professional second, he has qualifications in both fields, and has worked in wineries and wine retailing.
He contributes to Gourmet Traveller Wine, the Sydney Morning Herald ‘Good Food’ section, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine and various other publications. In 2012 he launched the web and phone-based app, huonhooke.com, and published The Wine Guide 2015.
He has won 10 awards for wine writing since 1984. He has published 18 books on wine including a biography of Penfolds Grange creator Max Schubert.
Paolo Basso is Regional Chair for Switzerland at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA regional chair: Paolo BassoPaolo Basso
Swiss-Italian Paolo Basso is the Best Sommelier of the World 2013.
He started his wine career as a sommelier in Switzerland, which he followed up by gaining professional experience with a leading Swiss-based fine and rare wines trader, where he focused on the wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux.
At present, Basso is a wine trader and consultant through his own company, Paolo Basso Wine, in Lugano (Switzerland), as well as a wine producer. His first own label red wine was dedicated to his daughter, “Il Rosso di Chiara”.
He has won many awards, including Best Sommelier of Switzerland 1997 and Best Sommelier of Europe 2010, and is one of just six sommeliers who hold both the European and world titles. Since 2014 he has been in charge of the wine selection for Air France and he is a member of the technical committee of the International Sommelier Association.
Basso was first a DWWA judge in 2011.
Follow Paolo on Twitter at @BassoSommelier
Jane Hunt MW is Regional Chair for Central Italy (excluding Tuscany) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)DWWA regional chair: Jane Hunt MWJane Hunt MW
Jane Hunt MW’s 40-year career in wine has spanned sales, marketing, buying, education, writing and event management. She moved from Italy to the UK in 1977, and became a Vintners’ Company scholar in 1981 and a Master of Wine in 1985.
Hunt runs Hunt & Coady, a company which organises trade tastings and the annual Argentina Wine Awards competition in Mendoza.
Hunt spends several months of the year in Italy, where she produces olive oil at her renovated farmhouse in Umbria and occasionally operates as a wine tour guide and educator. Hunt was first a DWWA judge in 2004.
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Caroline Gilby MW is joint Regional Chair with Beth Willard for North, Central and Eastern Europe at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Caroline Gilby MWCaroline Gilby MW
Caroline Gilby MW is a freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. Among others, she currently contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Oxford Companion to Wine, and the World Atlas of Wine, and has previously written for Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World, The Wine Opus, and Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report.
Prior to her career as a writer, Gilby spent seven years as a senior wine buyer at Augustus Barnet off-licences, where she became the first major buyer to import Hungarian wines to the UK.Tokaj wine region to get 330m euro investment
She initially studied plant biology, in which she holds a doctorate, but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while still a student.
Gilby passed her MW in 1992 and has been visiting and tasting the wines of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania for over 20 years. She is currently writing a book on the wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova. Gilby was first a DWWA judge in 2004.
Visit Caroline’s website where she blogs about wine.
Alessandro Torcoli is Regional Chair for Northern Italy (excluding Piedmont & Veneto) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Alessandro TorcoliAlessandro Torcoli
This year will see Alessandro Torcoli join the Regional Chair panel for the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, as Regional Chair for Northern Italy.
Alessandro Torcoli is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Italian wine magazine Civilta del Bere. In his time as editor he has organised wine tastings and events around the world, including Vino Vip Cortina, the biannual summit of the best Italian wines
Torcoli has been writing about wine since 1998, studied public relations, and achieved the sommelier certificate from the Associazione Italiana Sommeliers. The recipient of many awards for his writing, Torcoli was awarded Best Young Italian Wine Journalist by the Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia in 2009, and he appears regularly on TV as well as contributing to Italian newspapers.
He is a member of the Italian Academy of Vine & Wine and he is currently a second stage MW student. Last year he wrote the long-seller “Vinology, a visual guide to international wines” for the Italian publisher BUR-Rizzoli.
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Andy Howard MW is Regional Chair for Southern Italy at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Andy Howard MWAndy Howard MW
Andy Howard MW became a MW in 2011 and runs his own consultancy business, Vinetrades Ltd, which focuses on education, judging, investment and sourcing. Howard previously worked for Marks & Spencer as a buyer for over 30 years and was responsible as wine buyer for Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Champagne, Italy, North and South America, South Africa, England, Port and Sherry.
Although his key areas of expertise are Burgundy and Italy, he also has great respect for the wines of South America and South Africa, as well as a keen interest in the wines from South West France (he has a house in Gaillac where he made wine for six vintages).
Howard is a frequent contributor to Decanter and writes a regular column on the UK wine retail trade for JancisRobinson.com.
Andy Howard MW was first a DWWA judge in 2009.
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Thierry Meyer is the Regional Chair for Alsace at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Thierry MeyerThierry Meyer
Thierry Meyer was born and raised in Alsace, France. He began writing about wine in 1999, using the newly-emerging internet wine forums to share tasting notes and insights into the wines of Alsace.
In 2001, Thierry started his signature dinner series, dedicated to pairing Alsace wines with fine food. He founded L’Oenothèque Alsace in 2006 and launched the website oenoalsace.com, one of the most comprehensive website dedicated to Alsace wines.
At the same time he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine masterclasses and dinners. From 2007 to 2011, Thierry was contributing editor of Le Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France, the influential French wine guide.
In 2014, Thierry started to lead the new Alsace Master-level education program for the Wine Scholar Guild, the leading provider of French wine study and certification programs internationally.
Meyer was first a DWWA judge in 2013.
Follow Thierry on Twitter at @oenoalsace.
Patricio Tapia is the Regional Chair for Argentina and the rest of South America (excluding Chile) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018Patricio TapiaPatricio Tapia
Patricio Tapia graduated with a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, before attending Bordeaux University in France, where he studied for a diploma in wine tasting and winemaking.
Currently, he is Wine & Spirits’ critic for the wines of Argentina, Chile and Spain, regularly contributing articles on these regions, and for the past nine years Tapia has been a host on the El Gourmet channel in South America.
His career has seen him visit wine regions around the world, and he has authored several books, including The Wines of Colchagua Valley, TodoVino, Wines for Great Occasions, and his annual Descorchados, an Argentine, Chilean and Uruguayan wine guide, published in both Spanish and English. Tapia was first a DWWA judge in 2013.
Anthony Rose is joint Regional Chair for Australia with Huon Hooke at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Anthony RoseAnthony Rose
Anthony Rose is a wine critic who contributes to a variety of publications, including Decanter, The World of Fine Wine and FT How To Spend It online. Among his specialist areas are sake, on which he is currently writing a book, and wine investment, on which he contributes to Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine.
He has won a number of awards, among them three Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year Awards and a Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year Award.
A founding member of The Wine Gang, Anthony has his own blog on anthonyrosewine.com, and is co-chair of the International Sake Challenge in Tokyo.
Follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthonyrosewine
Beth Willard is joint chair for North, Central & Eastern Europe with Caroline Gilby MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Beth WillardBeth Willard
Australian born and bred, Beth Willard ‘fell’ into wine through a love of languages and travel. She started her wine career in events and promotions at Hardy’s Canberra winery, Kamberra, and then worked for a small family producer, Capital Wines.
Making the shift to Europe, Willard spent a year working at the Syndicat de Bordeaux before moving into buying. As part of the buying team for Direct Wines, her specialties and passions are Spain and Eastern Europe.
Beth Willard was first a judge at the DWWA in 2015.
Follow Beth on Twitter @bethcwillard