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DWWA judge profile: Nick Room

Nick Room is a judge at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Nick Room

Nick Room retired from Waitrose in the autumn of 2019, following a distinguished Partnership career in wine that lasted for more than 30 years.

Joining the Waitrose off licence team in 1987, Room passed the WSET Diploma in 1992. He then worked in mail order marketing for Waitrose Wine Direct, before returning to the main buying office in 1998. As well as specialising in Spain, Portugal, Sweet and Fortified wines from all over the world, Room has bought from Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace, as well as German and Austrian wines; and those of North and South America.

Invested in 2006 for services to the Spanish wine industry, Room has been Chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino since 2010, a position he will relinquish this year. Over these 10 years, Room has spearheaded a number of initiatives designed to raise the profile of the organisation. In 2015 he received the Order of Merit from the Spanish government in recognition of this contribution to the Spanish wine trade.

Room now has his own consultancy, RT Wine Solutions Ltd, carrying out project work, tastings, and wine education.

Nick Room was first a judge at the DWWA in 2006.

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