Jean-Michel Valette MW, Panel judge
Jean-Michel Valette MW is chairman of Vinfolio, a US-based internet retailer and seller of fine wine. He has also been chairman and MD of Robert Mondavi Winery, as well as CEO of Franciscan Estates. Outside of wine he is a director of the Boston Beer Company, the maker of Sam Adams beer, and the Chairman of Peet’s Coffee & Tea. His interest in vines and wine started at an early age during his summers with his grandparents in Vouvray. He was one of North America’s early Masters of Wine and has since been active in education, examination and governance of the IMW, where he is currently deputy vice-chair. When not on a phone, in an office or in his head, he may be found on a mountain, in a kitchen or somewhere near a glass of wine enjoying the simple moments in life.