Tom Stevenson has written 23 critically acclaimed books, chalking up 32 literary awards in the process. He has specialised in Champagne since 1980, with his 1986 title Champagne (Sotheby's Publications) establishing his credentials as a leading expert in this field. He is the author of The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia (first published in 1988 as Sotheby's World Wine Encyclopedia), which has sold over 700,000 copies in more than a dozen languages and is used as a standard reference for Master of Wine and Master Sommelier examinations all over the world. In 1998 his Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine (Absolute Press) made history by being the only wine book ever to be mentioned in the leader of a national UK newspaper. The Guardian picked up on the book's uncovering of a 17th century document that proved beyond doubt that the English used a second fermentation to convert still wine into sparkling wine at least six years before Dom Pérignon set foot in the Abbey of Hautvillers. Tom has judged at other major competitions in France, Germany, Greece, Australia and the USA.'Being regional chairman for Champagne and Alsace at the world's only terroir-focused international wine competition is a fantastic experience.