<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005883-CarolineGilby_justinetrickett_5741.jpg"><h2>Caroline Gilby MW DWWA 2013 Regional Chair<\/h2>Caroline Gilby MW has been visiting Hungary for over 20 years since becoming the first major buyer to import the country's wines whilst at Augustus Barnet off-licences. She has a doctorate in plant biology but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while still a student. Caroline passed her MW in 1992 and then spent seven years as a senior wine buyer before switching to a career as freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. She contributes to <em>Hugh Johnson\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Pocket Wine Guide<\/em>, and in the past has written for Dorling Kindersley\u00e2\u0080\u0099s <em>Wines of the World<\/em>, <em>The Oxford Companion to Wine<\/em>, <em>The Wine Opus<\/em> and <em>Tom Stevenson\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Report<\/em>, as well as to various websites and magazines.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000589f-ElizabethGabayMW_justinetrickett_5931.jpg"><h2>Elizabeth Gabay MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Elizabeth Gabay MW has specialised in the wines of south-eastern France since the 1980s. Starting as an independent wine merchant and consultant, she became a Master of Wine in 1998, and since moving to south east France in 2002, she has been writing, teaching, holding masterclasses and judging. Elizabeth writes on Provence, Hungary and northern Italy for several magazines, has contributed to <a href="http:\/\/www.winetravelguides.com" target="_blank">winetravelguides.com<\/a> and updates the Provence section for both <em>Oz Clarke\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Pocket Guide<\/em> and Jancis Robinson\u00e2\u0080\u0099s <em>World Atlas of Wine<\/em>. Passionate about history, Elizabeth lectures on the history of wine at academic conferences and is writing the definitive history of punch.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005894-David_Bird_MW_DWWA.jpg"><h2>David Bird MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>David Bird MW started his working life as an Analytical Chemist for Colmans of Norwich. A promotion to Quality Control Manager of the new wine department in 1973 sparked a huge interest in wine, leading to David passing the MW in 1981, and in the same year winning the Tim Derouet Award and becoming a Chartered Chemist. He was instrumental in the development of the bag-in-box whilst working for Stowells of Chelsea as Quality Assurance Manager and in 1994, David set up his own consultancy to provide a service of quality management to ISO9001 and wine production audits around Europe. The author of <em>Understanding Wine Technology<\/em>, first published in 2000 and re-published in 2010, David is past Chairman of the Technical Committee of the WSTA, and is Technical Advisor to both The Wine Society and the Royal Tokaji Wine Company.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058b6-IgorSotric_justinetrickett_5516.jpg"><h2>Igor Sotric DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>After graduating with a degree in Microbiology, Igor Sotric moved to the UK and entered the wine industry 18 years ago. Qualified to WSET Diploma level, he is Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at China Tang at the Dorchester, and has prior experience with Asian restaurants, including Cocoon and the St Martins Lane Hotel. Igor also acts as consultant to several restaurants, and since 2009 he has been making his own Chardonnay in Goriska Brda, Slovenia, with his friend Marijan Simcic.