Karl Arbin

Karl Arbin Originally a sommelier with experience in both England and France, Karl Arbin went on to work at the wine cellar Grappe in Stockholm, Sweden. After a couple of…

Linda Jotham MW

Linda Jotham MW Linda Jotham MW became a Master of Wine in 2001, winning the Bollinger Medal for Tasting Excellence and the Tim Derouet Memorial Award for overall best performance…

Lionel Periner

Lionel Periner Originally from the South of France, Lionel Periner has been a certified sommelier for 17 years. He joined Hotel du Vin in 2007 and later starting working with…

Litta Larsen

Litta Larsen Litta Larsen is Danish but grew up in Italy until the age of 14. She has a Masters degree in Marketing and Business from the Copenhagen Business School…

DWWA judge profile: Lukasz Walkowiak

Lukasz Walkowiak Originally from Poland, Lukasz Walkowiak began his career in wine in 2011 at Dylan Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. He then joined Burgundy-focused Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental…

DWWA judge profile: Maggie Macpherson

Maggie Macpherson Maggie Macpherson is a wine buyer at Enotria Winecellars Ltd, having previously been a sales assistant at Woodwinters Wines & Whiskies. Best Bermuda bars and restaurants for wine…

Matt Deller MW

Matt Deller MW Matt Deller MW is the Chief Wine Officer for WineAccess, who are leading the online revolution in direct-to-consumer fine wine e-commerce. Previously he was Director of Fine…

Michael Madrigale

Michael Madrigale Michael Madrigale hails from a Philadelphia area family whose five butcher shops and shared love of eating well left their mark. His food-centric Italian-American upbringing clearly prepared him…

Nelson Guerreiro

Nelson Guerreiro Since 2009 Nelson Guerreiro has been Head sommelier and manager in Enoteca de Belém in Portugal. He is a Certified Sommelier by CMS and will be representing Portugal…

Raphaël Rodriguez

Raphaël Rodriguez Originally an engineer in the French Air Force, Raphaël Rodriguez switched careers after taking a restaurant job on a short sabbatical in London. After re-training at the prestigious…

Rebecca Gergely Ohayon

Rebecca Gergely Ohayon Paris-born Rebecca Gergely Ohayon is Director of La Marchande, importing mainly French wines from emerging talented wineries for prestigious UK tables, such as La Trompette and Summer…

Richard Maltby

Richard Maltby Richard Maltby holds a degree in food technology and worked in the food industry for 15 years, a profession which cultivated a passion for wines. This became a…

Robbie Toothill

Robbie Toothill Having graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2013, Robbie Toothill worked in Majestic Wine stores in the South East for 9 months, before joining Lay &…

Robert McNulty

Robert McNulty Robert McNulty has worked across a broad range of areas within the wine business over a 25 years period. After graduating in hotel management he joined the wine…

Romain Bourger

Romain Bourger Romain Bourger is Head Sommelier at The Vineyard at Stockcross. He won UK Young Sommelier of the Year in 2016 and went through to the finals of the…

DWWA judge profile: Simon Milroy

Simon Milroy Simon started his career at Majestic Wine, during which time he managed various stores in central London and developed a keen interest in Fine Wine. Whilst there he…

Taina Vilkuna

Taina Vilkuna After studying International Politics at university, Taina Vilkuna soon let her passion for wine, especially Champagne, take the lead to embark on a career at the Finnish alcohol…

Tamas Czinki

Tamas Czinki Tamas Czinki was born and raised in Hungary where he started his 10 year career in the catering industry. Having passed his WSET level 2 and level 3,…

Tim Triptree

Tim Triptree Tim Triptree is a Senior Specialist in the Wine Department and Director at Christie’s London. Tim joined Christie’s Wine Department in 2005 after graduating with a Distinction in…

Tim Hall

Tim Hall Tim Hall caught the wine bug and joined the wine trade in 1993, switching from a successful career in education to work for an importer, and he then…

Treve Ring

Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, wine judge and speaker, with more than fifteen years’ experience writing about and studying wine. A certified sommelier, WSET diploma…

Victoria Burt MW

Victoria Burt MW Victoria Burt MW is the Product Development Manager for Wine Qualifications at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, where she plays an instrumental role in the continuous…

Vincenzo Arnese

Vincenzo Arnese Vincenzo Arnese is the current Bellavita/UKSA ‘Best Sommelier UK’ 2015. He has worked in restaurants in Switzerland, France and Australia and is now Assistant Sommelier at the famous…

Ying Guo

Ying Guo Ying Guo is the Senior Sommelier of Four Seasons Hotel China. Ying joined Four Seasons three years ago during the pre-opening of Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. As…

Yves Desmaris MS

Yves Desmaris MS Originally from Lyon Yves Desmaris MS moved to the Rhône valley with his family when he was 7 years old. His career in wine started at the…

Lynne Sherriff MW

Lynne Sherriff MW Originally trained in hotel management, Lynne Sherriff MW’s interest in wine grew through her studies and lead to her gaining diplomas in cellar technology in Stellenbosch, and…