DWWA 2013 South Africa Judging Panel
Allan Cheesman has been in the UK wine trade for 42 years, spending 31 of them at Sainsbury’s, where he was Trading Director. As he was responsible for the supermarket's own-label development in the 1970s and 1980s, Allan is attributed with demystifying and popularising wine in the UK. Now semi-retired, he is a non-executive and consultant for several global wine businesses, a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino, and sits on the board for the WSET and London Wine Trade Fair. Also an Officier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, Allan has lifetime achievement awards from Off Licence News and the IWSC and, in 2011, he was awarded the Order of Isabel the Catholic by the King of Spain, the country's highest civil award, for services to Spanish wines.