Caroline Hermann MW is a judge at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Caroline Hermann MW

Based in Washington D.C., Caroline Hermann MW is the import-export programme manager for wine, beer, and spirits in the US Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

She began her tenure with TTB as assistant director of wine labelling and has since worked regularly with producers, importers, distributors, and customs brokers to ensure compliance with US alcohol beverage law.

Prior to joining TTB, Caroline was a federal enforcement attorney for over a decade in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Enforcement. She has also served as general counsel to an environmental non-profit organisation and worked as a litigation associate in private practice.

Caroline began her wine journey in 2005, working in retail wine sales while pursuing her studies with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Now a certified WSET instructor, Caroline teaches wine industry professionals at the Capital Wine School.

She has consulted for wineries, trained restaurant wine and beverage staff, and judged wine competitions. In her research paper, Caroline analysed legal, demographic, and economic factors of importing wine to strategically target revenue streams in the current marketplace.