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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ilkka Siren

Ilkka Sirén is an award-winning wine writer and freelance journalist based in Helsinki, Finland. Ilkka started his career by working behind the counter at a local wine bar and doing harvest stints in wineries around the world. He is currently the drinks writer for Maku, Finland’s leading food magazine, and actively contributes to several magazines […]

Marcelo Copello

Marcelo Copello is one of the main names of the wine industry in Brazil and a well-known international expert on the beverage industry both at home and abroad. Journalist, businessman and influencer with impressive international career, he was elected “the most influential wine journalist in Brazil” by Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine and elected twice “Wine Personality” […]

Meg Maker

Meg Houston Maker is a memoirist and essayist curious about nature, food, and place. She travels extensively to meet and taste with producers, hear their stories, and see first-hand what links them to their land. Her freelance writing has appeared in myriad literary and lifestyle outlets and won praise in The New York Times, Daily Beast, […]

Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin discovered the power of audio at a young age via his father who had worked in military intelligence in North Africa. Once peace returned, the recording equipment was dusted off and used to capture the lives and stories of notable local towns-people. In those days, the recordings went to the local library or […]

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 […]

Reka Haros

Reka Haros is a Marketer who inherited, together with her husband, a small winery in Italy in 2002. Before that, she was marketing Dannon yogurts in a saturated market and developing ads at Leo Burnett CEE for P&G washing powders and tampons. From FMCG to the wine industry, her work experiences allow her to have […]