DWWA 2013 New Zealand Judging Panel

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Christine Parkinson

Christine Parkinson started her career in the kitchen, spending 3 years as Head Chef. She then moved into management, eventually gaining responsibility for 39 restaurants, at which point she decided to follow her passion and concentrate on wine. In 2001 Christine created the first wine list for Hakkasan, and then became Wine Buyer for the group’s restaurants including Sake No Hana, HKK and Michelin-starred Hakkasan and Yauatcha, with sites worldwide. She is a regular judge at competitions including New Wave Spanish Wines, Decanter World Wine Awards and the IWC Sake Awards. Christine has been called “one of the most creative wine buyers in the UK” by Jancis Robinson MW, and has won awards including ‘Wine list of the year 2011’, ‘Taste On-Trade Influencer 2009’ and ‘Imbibe Restaurant Personality of the Year 2011’.