Robert Giorgione, judge on the DWWA Italy panel in 2010
Robert Giorgione got into wine aged 18 while working at his father’s restaurant business in his home city of Bristol, before coming to London in 1996 to work for Harvey Nichols for the opening of Oxo Tower Restaurant. Later, he worked as head sommelier for Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, and between 2003–2006 was head sommelier at Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, and was nominated three times for having the best wine list in London. In 2006, Giorgione became wine buyer and head sommelier at Orrery Restaurant, and a year later, was voted best sommelier in London for 2007 by readers of Square Meal magazine. He also writes for the Borough Market and Marylebone Journal magazines, regularly tasting wines, judging on various panels, blogging, mentoring sommeliers and working on some projects such as WineChap.