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DWWA judge profile: Guillermo Cruz

Guillermo Cruz is a judge at the 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Guillermo Cruz

Guillermo Cruz has worked for nearly 20 years as Sommelier and Head Sommelier at top restaurants in Spain including El Bulli Hotel, Mugaritz and Ambivium . He is now co owner at Bendito Destino, a project focussing on old vines in the heart of the Ribera del Duero appellation.

Guillermo Cruz has shared his wine knowledge across the world through the main gastronomy forums in Spain (such as Madrid Fusión or San Sebastian Gastronomika), in other countries such as Canada (Somm360) and Cuba (Congreso Excelencias Gourmet in Havana).  He enjoys teaching sommelier courses in Spain, through courses at the Cámara de Comercio de Madrid, Escuela Española de Cata and Instituto Galego do Viño, among others.

He was Best Sommelier in Spain in 2014 and represented Spain on The Best Sommelier in the World Competition in Mendoza in 2016. He is also Best Spanish Cava Sommelier 2015 and has been recognized as Sommelier of the Year by Gourmets Magazine 2015 and Excelencias Gourmet 2015, as well as Best Sommelier of Spain Ruinart 2015 and Sommelier of the Year 2015 Mercados del Vino y la Distribucion. He was awarded Sommelier of the Year in International Wine Challenge Spain 2018 and Wine List of the Year in International Wine Challenge Spain 2018 and 2019.

Follow Guillermo on Twitter: @guille_sumiller

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