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DWWA Judge profile: William Kelley

William Kelley is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

William Kelley

William Kelley was initiated into the pleasures of wine when he tasted a bottle of 1955 Château Lynch Bages at the age of 17. Under the guidance of the late Hugo Dunn-Meynell, William cut his teeth as a taster on many of the great Clarets and Burgundies of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

During his time at Oxford University he served for four years as the president of the Oxford University Wine Circle, the world’s oldest tasting group of its kind, arranging weekly tastings with the world’s most celebrated wineries—ranging from grand estates like Château Margaux to tiny producers such as Yves Gangloff.

He is particularly passionate about the wines of France, California, Germany and Piedmont. William is the North America Correspondent for Decanter Magazine (where he also writes on the wines of Burgundy and Germany) and contributes to other publications including Noble Rot and The Robb Report. He was short-listed for the Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year Award, 2016.

Follow William on Twitter @wgfkelley

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