Meet the 2022 judging panel
The Decanter Retailer Awards judging panel consists of six independent wine experts who have been chosen based on their extensive knowledge in the retail environment.
Peter Richards MW, Chairman
Wine Writer & TV Presenter
Peter is a regular Decanter contributor as well as Chairman of the Retailer Awards, and Regional Chair for Chile at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Andy Howard MW
Contributing Editor for Decanter and ex-buyer for Marks & Spencer
He previously worked for Marks & Spencer as a buyer for over 30 years and was responsible as wine buyer for Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Champagne, Italy, North and South America, South Africa, England, Port and Sherry.
He is a Decanter contributing editor and writes a regular column on the UK wine retail trade for JancisRobinson.com.
Wine Educator and Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators
She is an International Accredited Bordeaux and Rioja Tutor and was UK Champagne Ambassador in 2010. Laura is Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators. She is a past Chairman of the Midlands Wine & Spirit Trade Association, currently a committee member, and is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. She is also part of the team who make up Love Wine, a bi-annual wine festival which had its inaugural event in November 2015 in Birmingham.
Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW
Master of Wine, Wine Lecturer, Author and Consultant
She has authored articles on wines, wine regions and wine-related events in trade publications and WSET journals. Michelle is a frequent guest wine expert at major wine shows and wine competitions, and consults to restaurants and wineries. She is an ambassador for trade bodies, utilising her specialist knowledge in Italy, France and the New World.
Regine Lee MW
Head of Operations at Liberty Wines & Co-founder of Women in Wine London
Previously a management consultant, Regine joined the wine trade in 2010 and has a wide range of industry experience from trade marketing, education and sales to winemaking. She worked at WSET for several years to develop their Asia-Pacific markets, and is currently the Head of Operations at Liberty Wines.
Regine is a co-founder of Women in Wine London, a trade networking group which organises events to develop women professionally and provide a forum for discussing key developments in the industry. Regine became a Master of Wine 2018 and in 2020 was nominated for WSET’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Wine Consultant, Ex Goldman Sachs, Experienced Management Consultant
Vidya is an independent wine consultant who has recently transitioned to the wine industry. After years in management consulting and banking across three continents, she now advises restaurants and private equity firms on investments in food and wine, among other wine related activities. She wrote Beginners Guides on Grapes and Regions for Wines of Eastern Europe.
Vidya is a People’s Choice Drinks Awards Ambassador for 2022 and a Be Inclusive Hospitality Ambassador. She completed her MBA from the Ross School of Business, Michigan, USA (2006).