Aristide Spies MS is a judge at the at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Aristide Spies MS profile:

Aristide Spies MS discovered his passion for wine during a family holiday in the Périgord and immediately enrolled in a series of wine tasting and cookery courses on returning home to Belgium. Following secondary studies, he spent year as an exchange student in Australia, before beginning his wine career at the one Michelin star restaurant Les Forges du Pont d’Oye as assistant to Pascal Carré, named Best Sommelier of Belgium 1992, 1996 and 1997.

In 2007, Spies won this same title for himself, also winning the Club Gastronomique Prosper Montagné’s Premier Sommelier de Belgique. Spies then went on to represent Belgium at the Best Sommelier of Europe competition in Sofia in 2008, where he reached the semi-finals, and at the World’s Best Sommelier 2013 competition in Tokyo, where he was a finalist.

Spies has written and broadcast about wine, and is a member of both the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV) and the Jurade de Saint-Emilion. He currently runs La Cave des Sommeliers, a chain of wine shops in Belgium and Luxembourg, with his former mentor Pascal Carré.

Aristide Spies MS was first a DWWA judge in 2014.

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