Lindsay Talas, judge on the DWWA Italy panel in 2010

Lindsay Talas joined Thierry’s in 2004 as buying director and is now responsible for buying from Spain, Italy, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and Portugal. She chose to follow a career in wine in 1988 when she spent her gap year working for Oddbins before embarking on a bilingual European Business Studies degree, during which she spent two years in Bordeaux. Talas spent 12 years in the multiple grocer sector where she worked as a senior buyer for Sainsbury’s, passing her WSET Diploma with merit, winning the Italian Scholarship. She also led Tesco’s newly-formed, all-female product development team and was responsible for the launch of the Tesco Finest wine range. She has a passion for Italian and Spanish wines and has judged in major wine competitions for more than 10 years.

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