Sebastian Payne MW, judge on the DWWA Italy panel in 2010
Sebastian Payne MW started in the wine trade in 1970, working for Fred May, a shipper specialising in wines of France, Germany and Hungary. He joined The Wine Society in 1973 as promotions manager, responsible for publications. In 1985, he became chief buyer travelling to all major wine regions in the world. He passed his MW in 1977, and was chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 1995, and Chairman of Masters of Wine Examiners in 1996. He is also a Chevalier dans l’ordre du Mérite Agricole.