<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058b4-IanDAgata_justinetrickett_5565.jpg"><h2>Ian D'Agata DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Ian D\u00e2\u0080\u0099Agata is one of Italy\u00e2\u0080\u0099s best known wine experts and was named Italy\u00e2\u0080\u0099s best wine journalist 2012 by the Comitato Grandi Crus d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Italia. Ian writes on the wines of Italy, Bordeaux and Canada for Stephen Tanzer\u00e2\u0080\u0099s <em>International Wine Cellar<\/em>, and is a regular <em>Decanter<\/em> contributor. He is the author of <em>The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy<\/em> and an annual, bilingual <em>Guide to Excellence in Italian Wines<\/em>, published in Italy. He is Co-Director of the Rome International Wine School, and lectures on Italian food and wine cultural history for New York University\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Food Sciences Master\u00e2\u0080\u0099s program. He also directs the Italian language <em>New Wine Journal<\/em> and is regularly invited to present on wine and health at international wine conferences. Prior to his wine career, Ian studied medicine, graduating in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005867-AndreaSturniolo_justinetrickett_5539.jpg"><h2>Andrea Sturniolo DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Italian Andrea Sturniolo moved to London in 1994 and studied for the WSET examinations whilst helping open the London section of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier. Heading back to Italy in 2002, he set up and taught the wine-culture\/wine-tasting courses at the International Wine Academy of Rome as Vice-Director. During this time he began working with an Italian wine guide and various press and web publications. Andrea has been back in London since 2006 and has now opened his own catering company, Fins & Trotters Kitchen, and is also a consultant for Pall Mall Fine Wine, as well as continuing to contribute to magazines both abroad and in the UK.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058c2-JannaRijpmaMeppelink_justinetrickett_5541.jpg"><h2>Janna Rijpma Meppelink DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>For almost two decades, Janna Rijpma Meppelink has been one of Holland\u00e2\u0080\u0099s foremost wine experts. After a 15-year career as an Executive Producer in television, she started working with wine in 1996, and currently writes columns and articles for both print and online publications. Also regularly appearing on television, Janna hosts top wine and food events at national and international levels, and is an enthusiastic public speaker and teacher. Along with fellow wine writer Hubrecht Duijker, Janna has written 4 editions of <em>Wijngids Voor Het Zakenleven<\/em> (Wine Guides for Business People) \u00e2\u0080\u0093 these feature interviews with a range of prominent people about their favourite wines and food.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000586e-AngeloSabbadin_justinetrickett_5579.jpg"><h2>Angelo Sabbadin DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Wine Director of three Michelin-starred Le Calandre restaurant, Angelo Sabbadin was born and raised outside the city of Padua in north-eastern Italy. His interest in wine began when he was stationed in the hills outside Gorizia, close to the Slovenian boarder, where he fell in love first with the vineyards and consequently with the local wines. After working as a sommelier for twenty years in many of Padua\u00e2\u0080\u0099s top restaurants, Angelo joined the wine team at Le Calandre in 2006 and gradually worked his way up from Cellar Manager to Wine Buyer for all six of the Alajmo family restaurants, including Gran Caffe & Ristorante Quadri in St. Mark\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Square, Venice. In January 2010, Angelo revolutionized the wine list at Le Calandre, organizing it by grape variety rather than region, and formatting for the iPad. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed as he was named Sommelier of the Year in 2011 in Italy\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Espresso Wine Guide.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000588c-ChristyCanterburyMW_justinetrickett_5560.jpg"><h2>Christy Canterbury MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Christy Canterbury MW is a journalist, speaker, judge and educator based in Manhattan, New York. Her articles have been published in <em>Decanter<\/em>, <em>Wine Enthusiast<\/em>, <em>Food Arts<\/em>, <em>Beverage Media<\/em> and <em>TASTED<\/em>, among other magazines and blogs, and she is the Italy Editor for the <em>Professional Wine Reference<\/em> and Consulting Editor of recently released book <em>Rock and Vine<\/em>. As a frequent public speaker, Christy\u00e2\u0080\u0099s 2012 appearances included the European Wine Bloggers\u00e2\u0080\u0099 Conference in Izmir, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, TEXSOM, and the Mediteraneo Festival in Belgrade. Upon becoming a Master of Wine, Christy received the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Performance in the Viticulture Examination.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000592c-SueDaniels_justinetrickett_5251.jpg"><h2>Sue Daniels DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Sue Daniels is Marks & Spencer's winemaker for Champagne\/Sparkling, Fortified, Spain, Portugal, England, Burgundy and South Africa. She has looked after sparkling and fortified wines for Marks and Spencer since 1996, and is currently studying for her Master of Wine while simultaneously bringing up three children.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058a0-EmilyOHare_justinetrickett_5534.jpg"><h2>Emily O'Hare DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Emily O\u00e2\u0080\u0099Hare is the Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at London\u00e2\u0080\u0099s River Caf\u00c3\u00a9, where she has worked for five years. Alongside Charles Metcalfe, she is the wine columnist for <em>Waitrose Kitchen<\/em> magazine, and she also writes about Italian wine and sits on the judging panels for <em>Decanter<\/em>. In May last year she won the <em>Harpers Wine & Spirit<\/em> award of "Sommelier of the Year", and in her spare time she runs a women's tasting group Women, Know Your Wine! and a wine-focused pop-up restaurant, <a href="http:\/\/www.whizzbangpop.com" target="_blank">whizzbangpop.com<\/a>.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058f4-Michael_Garner_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2720.jpg"><h2>Michael Garner DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Michael Garner has worked in the wine business for more than 30 years and has specialised in Italian wine for nearly 25 years. He is the co-author of <em>Barolo: Tar and Roses<\/em>, is a regular contributor to <em>Decanter<\/em> and has taught for the WSET. He lives in rural Devon with his family and two large Briard dogs.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058dd-Liz_Thach_MW_justinetrickett_5916.jpg"><h2>Liz Thach MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Dr. Liz Thach MW is a management and wine business professor at Sonoma State University\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Business Institute, where she teaches in both the undergraduate and Wine MBA programs. Following her passion, Liz has visited most of the major wine regions of the world, and more than 35 countries. In addition, she has published over 90 articles and 5 wine textbooks, including <em>Wine \u00e2\u0080\u0093 A Global Business<\/em> and <em>Wine Marketing & Sales<\/em>. A fifth generation Californian, Liz finished her Ph.D. at Texas A&M, and now lives on Sonoma Mountain where she tends a small hobby vineyard and makes 'garagiste' wine. She also works as a wine judge in various competitions, and has served on many non-profit wine boards.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005881-Bruno_Besa_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2728.jpg"><h2>Bruno Besa DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Originally from Friuli, Bruno Besa has been living in London since 1986. After almost 20 years working in hotels and restaurants, he founded Astrum Wine Cellars in 2001, along with long term friends and former colleagues Max Folli and Stefano Benato from Stafano Cavallini Restaurant at the Halkin hotel in Belgravia. Bruno is currently Managing Director of the company, representing around 50 wineries and distilleries from Italy and Central Europe.