Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson
Yves Desmaris MS

Yves Desmaris MS Originally from Lyon Yves Desmaris MS moved to the Rhône valley with his family when he was 7 years old. His career in wine started at the…

Victoria Di Muccio

Victoria Di Muccio Victoria Di Muccio began her career in the wine industry after discovering a love of wine while living in Madrid. She spent seven years in London with…

Ruth Spivey

Ruth Spivey Ruth Spivey has spent the last seven years working in food and wine in London following a ten year career as a fashion model living and working all…

Rémi Cousin

Rémi Cousin Originally from France, Rémi Cousin moved to the UK in 2004 to work with Hotel du Vin. In 2008, he joined Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred The Fat Duck…

Michele Longo

Michele Longo Wine writer and certified sommelier, Michele Longo’s first contact with the world of wine came in the late ’90s. He has always been interested in the human side…

Fabio Giavedoni DWWA Judge

Fabio Giavedoni Born in Friuli and currently Bologna-based, Fabio Giavedoni has grown his passion for wine since he was young, as is common with most of his fellow Friulians. After…

Andrea Frost

Andrea Frost Andrea Frost is a wine writer, author and columnist whose work has been described as “more like an evening with a particularly erudite and witty dinner companion than…

Gerard Barnes

Gerard Barnes Gerard Barnes currently buys wine for Berkmann Wine Cellars.  In his twenty odd years in the wine industry he has held a range of roles including senior positions.…

Christopher Tanghe MS

Christopher Tanghe MS Christopher Tanghe MS is a New Englander and his foray into restaurants began at the age of 13, as a dishwasher for a country club in Pocasset,…

Allan Cheesman

Allan Cheesman Allan Cheesman has been in the UK wine trade for 44 years, spending 31 of them at Sainsbury’s, where he was trading director. As he was responsible for…

Aldo Graziani

Aldo Graziani Aldo Graziani is the sommelier, owner & manager of Aldo’s Vinoteca Restoran, the Casa Cruz Restaurante Bar and the Bebop Jazz Club. Formerly, Graziani wrote regularly for Cuisine…

Rut Cotroneo

Rut Cotroneo Rut Cotroneo achieved her sommelier qualification in Madrid in 1999 and immediately started working in various sommelier-related and managerial capacities for the “Who’s Who” of the restaurant world.…

Wojciech Bońkowski

Wojciech Bońkowski Wojciech Bońkowski has written about wine in Polish and English since 1999. He authored Poland’s first wine book, The Wines of Europe (3 editions, 2003–8) and in 2012,…

Martyn Zemavicius

Martyn Zemavicius Martyn Zemavicius is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Clos Cru, an online supplier of Champagne and fine wines.  Holder of the WSET Diploma, Martyn has over 16 years’…

Alistair Cooper

Alistair Cooper MW After years working for wineries in Chile and Argentina, Alistair moved back to the UK in 2006. He has since set up several wine bars, most recently…

Sinisa Lasan DWWA Judge

Sinisa Lasan Sommelier Sinisa Lasan has been developing his career in hospitality and extending his knowledge for the past 10 years. His latest educational achievement was successful completion of the…

Diana Rollan DWWA Judge

Diana Rollan Diana Rollan is originally from Spain and has worked in the wine industry for over 15 years. She is currently Head of Wine UK at Hakkasan Group. She…

Heather Dougherty DWWA Judge

Heather Dougherty Following a ten year stint in the travel technology business, where wine appreciation was strictly recreational, Heather Dougherty began studying for the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits…

Ben Gubbins DWWA Judge

Ben Gubbins Ben Gubbins joined Oddbins in 2002 looking to save money to return to his native home, Chile. However, after a few staff tastings and his first WSET course…

Lukasz Kolodziejczyk DWWA

Lukasz Kolodziejczyk Lukasz Kolodziejczyk joined Cult Wines as head of fine wines in March 2016. Originally from  Poland, Lukasz has spent more than a decade working in the hospitality industry.…

DWWA Judge profile: John Baum

John Baum profile: John Baum is the owner-director of The Winemakers Club, an independent importer of artisan, small scale wineries from around Europe and Australia, with its own shop &…

DWWA Judge Profile: Brian Cronin MS

Brian Cronin MS profile: Master Sommelier Brian Cronin began his wine career in Raleigh, North Carolina. After studying biology in college, Brian realized that he wanted to make wine. However,…

Jason Millar

Jason Millar profile: Jason Millar is a buyer and senior manager for London-based importer and retailer Theatre of Wine, specialising in emerging regions and the supply of wine to some…

DWWA Judge Profile: Gareth Ferreira

Gareth Ferreira profile: After graduating with a Travel and Tourism Diploma Gareth Ferreira worked in numerous hotels around the world including The Ritz-Carlton Naples and Doha before starting his Sommelier…

Beverley Blanning MW

Beverley Blanning MW profile: Beverley Blanning MW is a London-based independent wine journalist and the author of Wine Tasting and Biodynamics in Wine. A feature writer and taster for Decanter,…

DWWA Judge profile: Douglas Wood

Douglas Wood profile: Douglas Wood is owner of Scottish independent merchant, WoodWinters.  He diverted from a successful career in the chemical engineering world to follow his love of wine.  WoodWinters…

DWWA Judge profile: Andres Rosberg

Andres Rosberg profile: Andres Rosberg is one of Argentina’s first professional sommeliers and a founding member and president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, a role which this year has seen…

Piotr Pietras

Piotr Pietras MS Originally from Kolobrzeg, Poland, Piotr is a head sommelier at michelin-starred Launceston Place Restaurant. Prior to that, he also worked for renowned chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and…

Vincent Gasnier

Vincent Gasnier MS profile: Vincent Gasnier MS was born in 1974 in the Loire wine country, and trained in some of the best restaurants in Paris before moving to the…