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DWWA judge profile: Darrel Joseph

Darrel Joseph is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Darrel Joseph

Darrel Joseph is based in Vienna and began writing about the wines of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in 1995, after his palate was captured by Hungary’s Tokaji and Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.   

Since then, his specialisation broadened to include Croatia, Serbia and all other Balkan wine countries, plus Russia and the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan).

Over the years, Joseph’s writing has appeared in Decanter, Wine Spectator, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Wine-Searcher.com and more. He has also contributed to a number of wine books and guides, including Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and Gault & Millau (Austria).

When he is not writing, Joseph judges in international wine competitions, conducts masterclasses and seminars internationally, and translates a wide range of wine texts from German to English. As a professional voice-over speaker for more than three decades, he also narrates films about wineries and wine regions. He is currently writing a book about the wines of the Balkans. 

Follow Darrel on Twitter @DarrelJoseph

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