DWWA 2013 Spain Judging Panel
Giles Cooke MW graduated with a degree in History but realised early on that he was more skilled at eating and drinking than at being an historian. He subsequently worked at Majestic Wine until the lure of returning to his native Scotland saw him join Alliance Wine. In the 19 years since, Giles has worked in all areas of the business, including on- and off-trade sales, buying and marketing, and is credited with being an integral part of the growth of Alliance Wine from a regional supplier to an increasingly international player. Giles is currently the company's Marketing Director, passed his MW in 2001, and is passionate about the wines of Spain and Jamón ibérico - so much so that he has been known to travel with a leg of Jamón in the boot of his car. Giles is also involved with various production projects around the world (particularly in Australia) on behalf of Alliance, and spends much of his time building the international distribution for these.