DWWA 2013 Rhone Judging Panel
John Livingstone-Learmonth has dedicated most of his life to writing and talking about the wines of the Rhône, since he first visited the region in 1973. He has published four books on the Rhône, including The Wines of the Northern Rhône, which won the Louis Roederer International Book Prize in 2006, and was commended in the André Simon Awards. A principal contributor to the book Gigondas, Its Wines, Its Land, Its People, published in English and French in late 2011 by Bottin Gourmand, John is also an honorary citizen of the Rhône village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and runs the website drinkrhone.com. In 2006, he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, and describes the Rhône as running through his veins. John is a close follower of the Turf, having been the Daily Telegraph Racing Hero of the Year 2000.