DWWA 2013 Portugal Judging Panel
João Pires is the Head Sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. Born in Portugal, he moved to the UK in January 2005, and has worked as a sommelier for over 20 years in Paris, Lisbon, Montreal, Toronto and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Blumenthal’s Dinner, João worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road, and was Wine Director for the Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire and the Capital Hotel in London. João is currently studying to become a Master of Wine.