DWWA Southern Italy Judging Panel
- Thursday 24 May 2012
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Sebastian Payne MW started in the wine trade in 1970 with Fred May, a shipper specialising in the wines of France, Germany and Hungary. He joined The Wine Society in 1973 as Promotions Manager, responsible for publications and passed his MW in 1977. In 1985 he became Chief Buyer, travelling to all major wine regions in the world. In 1995, he served as Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and as Chairman of Masters of Wine Examiners in 1996. Sebastian is also a Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole. Having stepped down as Chief Buyer, Sebastian remains an integral part of The Wine Society’s buying team and currently writes for the Society List and website, as well as blogs in his inimitable style.