Our Judges

Richard Siddle

Richard Siddle is an award-winning business editor with over 25 years experience working across a number of fields including computing, supermarkets, grocery, FMCG, convenience and independent retailing and travel. He has launched The Buyer for the UK Premium On-Trade, and was previously editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit where he was widely recognised for having turned one of […]

Jane Anson

Jane Anson has lived in Bordeaux since 2003 and is author of Wine Revolution (Quarto 2017), The Club of Nine (Katz Publishing 2016) Angélus (Editions de la Martiniere, 2016) and  Bordeaux Legends, a history of the 1855 First Growth wines (2013 Stewart, Tabori & Chang) that have been translated into several languages including French, Italian, […]

Felicity Carter

Felicity Carter is editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, the world’s only global, English language wine business magazine. Published in Germany, it has subscribers in more than 40 countries. A wine judge, Felicity has judged in Portugal, Germany, Bordeaux, Brussels and Georgia, and in 2015 formed part of the ‘empowerment of women in wine’ panel […]

Joe Fattorini

Joe Fattorini is presenter of The Wine Show, now broadcast in over 100 countries. He has also spent over thirty years in the wine business as a merchant, educator, consultant and writer in both the UK and USA. Today he combines his work with The Wine Show with his role as Head of Sales at […]

Greg Lambrecht

Greg Lambrecht is the inventor of the Coravin Wine Preservation System – the first and only tool in the world that allows wine lovers and professionals alike to pour and preserve wine without pulling the cork. His devoted passion for wine, his degree in nuclear engineering from MIT and successful career in medical technologies intersected […]

Jonathan Lipsmeyer

Jonathan Lipsmeyer is the author of GARGANTUANWINE.COM, a wine blog started in July 2014 which received the 1st place 2017 BDWA prize for Best Investigative Journalistic Wine Story, and 2nd place 2017 BDWA award for Best Editorial/Opinion Wine Writing. His blog has also received critical acclaim from terroirist.com and has even elicited an impassioned defense […]

Paul Mabray

Paul Mabray has been a potent change agent in the wine industry for over twenty years.  He began his career working in traditional three-tier sales and marketing with Napa Ale Works and later innovating Direct to Consumer sales and marketing models with Niebaum Coppola. Since then, he’s been at the forefront of all major digital […]

Elin McCoy

Award-winning journalist Elin McCoy is the author of The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste, which has garnered international praise. Foreign editions are available in Brazil, the U.K., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Russia. It won the World Gourmand Cookbook Award and was a finalist for […]

Lauren Mowery

Lauren Mowery is an award-winning writer and photographer. She recently assumed the role of Contributing Travel Editor at Wine Enthusiast. She writes regular wine and travel features for Forbes and USA Today, and spent four years penning columns on wine and specialty coffee for New York City paper The Village Voice. A graduate of the University […]

Helena Nicklin

Helena Nicklin is an award-winning wine writer and presenter. Currently Head of Content for wine and travel website winerist.com, Helena has also just made her first drinks TV series for Amazon Prime called The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky with two drinks expert friends. Her ‘vinalogy’ videos are featured on several international wine sites and […]

Alvaro Prieto

Born in Benavente, Spain in 1973, Alvaro Prieto graduated with a Bachelor of Political Science and Sociology. He began his professional career as a professor of History and Art and has been dedicating himself exclusively to photography since 2003. He exhibits his most personal work periodically and has won several national and international photography awards. A […]

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith is a French and Spanish professor turned wine and travel professional. In 2013, her part-time role as executive assistant to a wine broker and importer became her stepping stone into the wine business. In January 2014, she moved from Virginia to the Napa Valley to begin her second career. Her wine industry experience […]

José Vouillamoz

Dr José Vouillamoz is one of the world’s leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profiling. Swiss grape geneticist of international fame, trained with Prof Carole Meredith at the University of California at Davis (USA), he’s the co-author with the two Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding of […]

Damien Wilson

Damien Wilson was appointed in August 2015 as the inaugural Hamel Family Chair of Wine Business Education with SSU’s Wine Business Institute. Dr. Wilson arrived in California with 20 years of professional experience in the wine sector. He joins the Wine Business Institute from Burgundy’s School of Wine and Spirits Business, having established an almost […]