<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058f6-MichaelHillSmithMW_justinetrickett_5998.jpg"><h2>Michael Hill Smith MW DWWA 2013 Regional Chair<\/h2>Michael Hill Smith MW became the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination in 1988. Michael is a wine producer, international wine judge, wine consultant, wine writer and lapsed restaurateur. In 2008 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to the Australian Wine Industry and featured in <em>Decanter<\/em>\u00e2\u0080\u0098s Power List in 2009. He believes passionately in the future of Australian Fine Wine, and along with Steven Spurrier and Jeannie Cho Lee MW, he is responsible for the selection of all wines served on Singapore Airlines.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005872-AnthonyRose_justinetrickett_5872.jpg"><h2>Anthony Rose DWWA 2013 Regional Chair<\/h2>Anthony Rose is the wine correspondent of the Independent, contributes to <em>Decanter<\/em> and <em>The World of Fine Wine<\/em> and teaches the Leiths School of Food & Wine certificate as well as chairing the <em>Decanter<\/em> Wine Retailer Awards panel. One of Anthony's specialist areas is wine investment, on which he contributes to <em>Jancis Robinson\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Oxford Companion to Wine<\/em> and he has won several awards for his writing, among them three Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year Awards and a Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year Award. His blog on <a href="http:\/\/www.anthonyrosewine.com" target="_blank">anthonyrosewine.com<\/a> was also shortlisted for Louis Roederer's Blogger of The Year award in 2010. A founding member of The Wine Gang (<a href="http:\/\/www.thewinegang.com" target="_blank">thewinegang.com<\/a>), Anthony has judged in wine competitions around the world including a number of state and regional wine shows in Australia, and last year he chaired the Sake International Challenge in Tokyo.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005932-TimWildmanMW_justinetrickett_5273.jpg"><h2>Tim Wildman MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Tim Wildman MW passed his MW in 2008 with a dissertation on Australian wine, which is his professional speciality. His travel company, James Busby Travel, takes wine trade professionals from around the world on in-depth educational tours around Australia, and his is also director of the consultancy Winetec, and one half of Green-Shoot, a wine film production company. Tim writes a monthly column for Australia's <em>Wine Business Magazine<\/em> and prefers analogue to digital, in both music and wine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058b0-HamishAnderson_justinetrickett_5331.jpg"><h2>Hamish Anderson DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Hamish Anderson started his career in wine at Bibendum, the original Conran restaurant in the Michelin building. He took WSET qualifications during his tenure there, in 2003 Hamish published his first book, <em>Vino: Great Wine for Everyday Life<\/em>, which sold over 15,000 copies, and he is currently Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer for Tate.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005910-PohTiongChng_justinetrickett_5333.jpg"><h2>Poh Tiong Ch'ng DWWA 2013 Regional Chair<\/h2>Publisher of Singapore\u00e2\u0080\u0099s The Wine Review, the oldest wine publication in Southeast Asia, Poh Tiong Ch\u00e2\u0080\u0099ng is works primarily as a wine journalist. He is the author of the 108 Great Chinese Dishes Paired, founder of vinovideos.com and writes a weekly blog on Sina.com. In 2000, Poh Tiong published the world\u00e2\u0080\u0099s first Chinese Bordeaux Guide, which has continued as an annual publication, and he also works as a wine consultant to Singapore\u00e2\u0080\u0099s FairPrice and Finest supermarkets, as well as Hainan Airlines. Holding a Certificate in Chinese Art from the University of London\u00e2\u0080\u0099s School of Oriental & African Studies, Poh Tiong organised the first Chinese Art Weekend in Singapore in 2012.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005955-BrettCrittenden_justinetrickett_5268.jpg"><h2>Brett Crittenden DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Brett Crittenden has been involved with the wine industry for more than 35 years. After graduating from Australia\u00e2\u0080\u0099s most prestigious wine school, Roseworthy College, he worked with his family\u00e2\u0080\u0099s business, importing and retailing many of the great wines of the world, before spending more than a decade at LVMH (Moet & Chandon) in Australia, Argentina and the UK. Brett is now working with a number of top wineries in the world, including Guigal in the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne Valley and the best domaines in Burgundy, Italy and Spain along with his personal favourites from Australia and New Zealand and the USA. A senior international wine judge for more than 35 years, Brett is a regular wine educator, has previously worked with Australian television and radio, and now contributes to a number of international journals as well as teaching at sommelier schools.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005895-David_Jean_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2829.jpg"><h2>David Jean DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>David Jean has always been fascinated by aromas and flavours, which lead to him studying Enology in Switzerland. After graduating in 2005, he became a Wine Buyer for Coop Switzerland, with responsibility for the Swiss, French, Austrian and German categories. In 2008, he moved to Stockholm to work as a Buyer for the Swedish Retail monopoly Systembolaget, with responsibility for Australia, North America and Eastern Europe. David is also strongly involved in their QC\/QA-program, has been a judge at the Mondial du Pinot Noir for several years, and is currently studying for his MW.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005924-Simon_Thorpe_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2831.jpg"><h2>Simon Thorpe MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Simon Thorpe MW celebrates 25 years in the wine trade this year, and his career has seen him work for Fortnum and Mason, Waitrose and Constellation Europe. From 2009 to present he has been Managing Director at Negociants UK, and he is also an occasional guest speaker at consumer wine events. When he's not at work, Simon is mostly found in a car ferrying his three boys to one of their sporting\/social\/school activities while, in his truly free time, Simon and his wife would like to be found in good restaurants (the type with crisp, white tablecloths) enjoying dim sum and a glass or three of Clare or Eden Valley Riesling.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058f8-Mike_Harrison_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2777.jpg"><h2>Mike Harrison DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Michael Harrison has been in the wine trade for 33 years and is currently Head Sommelier at the Hotel du Vin chain, who he has previously consulted for. His areas of expertise are Champagne, Australasia and South America, as well as the English wine industry. Michael is a regular judge for major wine events and a frequent wine magazine tasting panellist.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058d1-Justin_Knock_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2764.jpg"><h2>Justin Knock MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Holding science degrees in Food Technology and Industrial Chemistry, Justin Knock MW's wine career began in fine wine retail before he joined d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Arenberg in McLaren Vale as a cellarhand. Moving to the Hunter Valley, Justin became Research Winemaker for Rosemount and then Southcorp, followed by three years winemaking in Margaret River. Follwing this, he moved to London to look after Southcorp\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine education programme, media activities and local production in the UK and Europe. More recently, Justin was Wine Buying Manager for Treasury Wine Estates, and he is now Director of The Purple Hand Wine Company, a blending and sourcing consultancy. Based in London, he works extensively in the Scandinavian markets and makes wine in Australia\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Yarra Valley.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000595d-Rhys_Pender_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2807.jpg"><h2>Rhys Pender MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Rhys Pender MW is a wine educator, consultant, judge and writer through his company Wine Plus+. In 2010 Rhys became Canada\u00e2\u0080\u0099s youngest Master of Wine, and he writes for a number of Canadian and International publications, judges internationally, and runs a WSET wine school. In his free time, Rhys can be found in his small 4 acre vineyard, nurturing the vines for Little Farm Winery.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005869-Andrew_Shaw_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Andrew Shaw DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Andrew Shaw has spent his entire working life in the wine trade. Starting in a vineyard in Somerset as a teenager, he spent time with Oddbins as a Branch Manager in the UK chain's West Country stores, before making wine in New Zealand and Burgundy. In 2002, he helped set up the award-winning independent wine merchant Stone, Vine & Sun, before joining the wine buying team at Waitrose in 2007, and becoming Buying Manager of Waitrose\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Department in July 2010, leading a team of buyers whilst still buying wine for the supermarket in his specialist areas. More recently Andrew has moved to Bibendum as Head of Buying, over-seeing a team of specialist buyers develop relationships with some of the finest producers on the planet for both the on- and off-trade.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005905-NigelWilkinsonMS_justinetrickett_5323.jpg"><h2>Nigel Wilkinson MS DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Nigel Wilkinson MS is the Fine Dining Account Manager for Boutinot Wines. Nigel became a Master Sommelier in 2005 and is now the Assistant Secretary for the Court of Master Sommeliers' European chapter. Before entering the wine trade, Nigel was twice runner-up in the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition and was named \u00e2\u0080\u0098Young Wine Server of the Year\u00e2\u0080\u0099 in 1999. Nigel lives in North Wales with his wife Joy and his two sons Owain and Aled.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058ee-Matt_Wilkin_MS_dwwa2012_justinetrickett_2587.jpg"><h2>Matt Wilkin MS DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Matt Wilkin MS is Australia\u00e2\u0080\u0099s first Master Sommelier. Following 10 years building on restaurant and wine experience in his native Australia, Matt moved to the UK in 1998 where he worked as Head Sommelier at the two Michelin-starred Capital Restaurant, and then as Wine Buyer for Hotel Group Knightsbridge\u00e2\u0080\u0099s six restaurants, while also working several Stages at a time throughout the Loire and Bordeaux regions. Currently Trade Sales and Marketing Director of H2Vin, Matt also consults for several highly-rated London restaurants, contributes his experience to the Academy of Food & Wine Service for the UK Wine Service Standards Committee, and is actively involved in the Examining Board for The Court of Master Sommeliers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, the most recent being \u00e2\u0080\u009cYoung Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK\u00e2\u0080\u009d.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005935-TuomasMeriluotoMW_justinetrickett_5659.jpg"><h2>Tuomas Meriluoto MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Tuomas Meriluoto MW is Managing Director and Partner in one of the leading wine importers in Finland, Winestate Group Oy. In his work, Tuomas is working in co-operation with some of the best known wine producers around the world, including Antinori, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Cono Sur, Masi, Miguel Torres and Symington Family Estates. He also lectures on wine, has contributed to several magazines, produced a wine tasting DVD and participated in the production of a wine, food and travel TV series and book. Tuomas graduated as Master of Wine in 2009, being the second youngest person ever to graduate as an MW.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058b5-IgorRyjenkov_justinetrickett_5205.jpg"><h2>Igor Ryjenkov DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Igor Ryjenkov MW was born in Russia but moved to Canada shortly after graduating with a degree in journalism. He became interested in the wine industry after a visit to the Niagara Peninsula, which led to a period of studying, tasting and travelling. From 1995 to 2003 he completed WSET courses to Diploma level and achieved his MW, during which time he was twice awarded the North American Scholarship and also received the Henkell-Sohnlein Award for Best Dissertation. Igor "turned pro" in 1999, working first in on-trade sales for a wine agency and then as a retail product specialist with the LCBO. As seven years on the front line in Ontario\u00e2\u0080\u0099s two largest retail locations, Igor was promoted to European Wines Product Manager for Vintages, the premium wine division of the LCBO. Igor has contributed to a number of wine books and manuals, has judged in several international wine competitions, and regularly travels to the key wine producing areas for business or as a part of educational MW visits.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058c0-JaneParkinson_justinetrickett_5478.jpg"><h2>Jane Parkinson DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Jane Parkinson is one of the UK\u00e2\u0080\u0099s youngest award-winning wine writers. Working freelance, she contributes regularly to a variety of magazines and newspapers, but is also the wine editor at large for <em>Restaurant<\/em> magazine, the wine expert for <em>Stylist<\/em> magazine, and the wine columnist for <em>Tesco Magazine<\/em>. Jane has been the wine expert on BBC radio programmes and she hosts tastings at fairs such as the BBC Good Food Show and the Ideal Home Show, as well as privately for restaurants and wine merchants. She has been the Chair of Judges for the Rising Stars Trophy, a national competition in search of the best young sommelier and chef team in the UK, and is a member of The Wine Gang, a group of five experts who host consumer fairs and review wines every month on <a href="http:\/\/www.thewinegang.com" target="_blank">thewinegang.com<\/a>. Jane also has her own website <a href="http:\/\/www.janeparkinson.com" target="_blank">janeparkinson.com<\/a>, on which she blogs, posts her published features, recommends wines, and writes restaurant reviews.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000590b-PeterNixson_justinetrickett_5917.jpg"><h2>Peter Nixson DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Peter Nixson joined British Airways as an airline steward in 1973 \u00e2\u0080\u0093 having never drunk a glass of wine in his life. Through his job he visited places including California, South Africa and Australia at the time when their wine industries were starting to become established. His interest in wine grew and, in 1982, he began to take courses at the WSET and earned his Diploma with Honours in 1986. The following year, he joined BA\u00e2\u0080\u0099s newly created Wine Department taking over its management in 1989. For the next 20 years he was responsible for the selection of all BA\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wines \u00e2\u0080\u0093 over 450,000 cases a year \u00e2\u0080\u0093 including the Concorde Cellar. Peter left BA in 2009, worked for Vinum, a specialist importer of Italian wines and currently owns wine consultancy firm Airline Wine Consultancy.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005911-Rebecca_Palmer_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2978.jpg"><h2>Rebecca Palmer DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Rebecca Palmer is Associate Director and Buyer for the Corney & Barrow Group based in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. As Head of Commercial Buying, she is responsible for the core portfolio of both Corney & Barrow\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Merchanting and Wine Bars businesses, covering all world regions except Bordeaux. Prior to working for Corney & Barrow, Rebecca was a buyer at Direct Wines (Laithwaites), specialising in France and South America. A modern languages graduate, she has worked in the wine trade for 17 years.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005936-UlfSjodinMW_justinetrickett_5991.jpg"><h2>Ulf Sjodin MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Ulf Sj\u00c3\u00b6din MW originally working in chemical engineering, holding a Masters in the subject, but switched to marketing when he joined the wine trade in 1996. He worked for importer and producer V&S, where he held the position as PR Manager for 13 years, and after a period as self-employed consultant on pricing and market analysis, Ulf joined the Swedish retail monopoly Systembolaget in 2010 to become head of Category Management, a position he holds today. In 2007, Ulf became the first Master of Wine in Sweden, receiving awards for best tasting paper, best paper on viticulture and best total result on the MW exam.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005882-CarmelKilclineMW_justinetrickett_5971.jpg"><h2>Carmel Kilcline MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Carmel Kilcline MW is a Biotechnology graduate from Ireland who has worked in England for over 20 years. She began her career working for a major UK retailer in their wine technical department, and in that capacity she visited most wine regions of the world. In 2005 Carmel became an MW, and she maintains a passionate interest in winemaking, as well as being involved in wine education with both the WSET and other wine appreciation organisations over the years. Carmel is currently the Wine Development Director for Percy Fox, a division of Diageo Wines Europe.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058a6-GavinMonery_justinetrickett_5978.jpg"><h2>Gavin Monery DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Gavin Monery started his career in wine as a cellar hand in Margaret River in 2000, working his way through the roles of Lab Tech and Cellar Supervisor whilst undertaking part-time studies in Viticulture\/Oenology. In 2004 he moved to Cullen Wines, which was followed up by a short stint at Moss Wood for the 2007 vintage. Later that year, Gavin moved to the UK, joining Roberson Wines to manage their private clients. Since then he has completed a harvest in the Rhone (with J.L. Chave), and three in Burgundy, where he made the first wine under his own label in 2012. He spends his spare time cycling and drinking, though not generally together.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005891-DanielHart_justinetrickett_5320.jpg"><h2>Daniel Hart DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Daniel Hart is the Senior Buyer at Enotria, where he has been responsible for growing Enotria's New World wines into an award winning, benchmark portfolio since 2003. He also oversees the categories of Champagne, Portugal and England, and has winemaking experience with Enotria\u00e2\u0080\u0099s partners around the world. His highlights include working vintages in Douro, Piemonte, South Africa, Coonawarra and Catalonia. WSET Diploma qualified in 2001, Daniel is the co-founder of Trophy winning Hart & Hunter wines in Hunter Valley, Australia.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058d9-LaurentChaniac_justinetrickett_5367.jpg"><h2>Laurent Chaniac DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Laurent Chaniac is food and wine consultant to The Cinnamon Club and Kitchen in London, exercising his expertise in matching wines to Indian cuisine. He has been described as a sommelier who \u00e2\u0080\u009chas pioneered some revolutionary ideas on pairing wine with the constantly evolving Indian flavours". He has also worked in various managerial positions with some of London's finest dining experiences, including L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, The Square Restaurant and The Stafford Hotel.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000591c-SamCapornMW_justinetrickett_6014.jpg"><h2>Sam Caporn MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Sam Caporn MW joined the wine trade in 1996 working for Majestic. Following this she moved to John Armit Wines, where she joined the purchasing department in a supporting role, before becoming Tastings Co-Ordinator for <em>Wine Magazine<\/em>. After a number of years in this role, Sam joined Direct Wines\u00e2\u0080\u0099 buying team, with responsibility for Australia, New Zealand, Champagne, the Loire and Central and Eastern Europe, before becoming Wine Development Manager at Constellation (now Accolade Wines). She became a Master of Wine in 2011, winning the Madame Bollinger Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in the tasting paper, and is currently in the process of setting up her own wine events and education company.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058d5-Keith_Isaac_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2795.jpg"><h2>Keith Isaac MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Keith Isaac MW is a veteran of Patriarche Wine Agencies, having been with the company since 1987, and appointed as General Manager in 1996. Keith read History at Cambridge but was introduced to the world of wine via the University\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine club, where he was a member of the blind wine tasting team. He passed the MW in 1989 and served as Chair of Examination Panel for several years until 2007.