Anne Forrest, judge on the DWWA Italy panel in 2010
Anne Forrest is the Italian buyer at Laithwaites and is also responsible for Portugal, fortified wine, beers and spirits. Her first love before she got into wine was languages, and she speaks Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Her first wine job was with Arblaster and Clarke Wine Tours where she worked during University holidays. After graduating she taught English in Rome for a year and then Madrid for three years. She returned to the UK in 2005 and got a job with Laithwaites in its sales team. She quickly moved into the buying department and has looked after a number of different regions in that time.