David Wainwright, who set up fine wine service Wainwright advisors, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
Taking a junior administrative position at Christie’s Wine Department in London in July 1998, David quickly rose through the ranks to head up their New York Wine Department just over two years later. After 4+ years in New York as the International Wine Department’s leading taster and business getter, David moved back to London as a freelance consultant. He took up a position on the Senior Management Team of New York based Zachys in 2006, he then set up and opened their Hong Kong office in 2008.
As the market exploded in 2010, David moved to Hong Kong as Senior Managing Director to fully develop, manage and run both the retail and auction businesses across Europe and Asia.
Looking for a new challenge and with growing demand for his guidance and expertise, David set up Wainwright Advisors in 2015. Which sees David managing a number of collections and portfolios liaising with numerous government authorities on fighting the battle against counterfeit wines and authentication research on old and rare wines.
Having worked extensively in Europe, the UK, USA and Asia over a 17+ year time period, he has excellent global knowledge and expertise in fine and rare wine. David also judges and writes for a number of leading wine publications, is a Director of Stellenbosch based charity The Pebbles Project and is currently researching for his first book.