<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004490-Steven_Spurrier_dwwa2012_5248.jpg"><h2>Steven Spurrier-dwwa2012-5248.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Steven Spurrier \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Chairman<\/span><br><br>Steven is a legendary figure in the wine world. Currently Decanter\u00e2\u0080\u0099s consultant editor, he joined the wine trade in London in the 1960s and opened L\u00e2\u0080\u0099Academie du Vin, France\u00e2\u0080\u0099s first private wine school, in Paris in 1973. He staged the historic Judgement of Paris tasting of 1976, which was made into a film, Bottle Shock, in 2008. Since his return to the UK<br>in 1988, Steven has focused on writing and consultancy, winning many awards. He is currently president of the Circle of Wine Writers and owns Bride Valley Vineyard in Dorset.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000447d-Gerard_Basset_MS_MW_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Gerard Basset MS MW-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Gerard Basset MS MW \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Guest Vice-Chair<\/span><br><br>Gerard is a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, and runs Hotel TerraVina in England\u00e2\u0080\u0099s New Forest. Gerard co-founded the Hotel du Vin chain, which he sold in 2004.<br><br>Originally qualifying as both a chef and a sommelier in his native France, Gerard\u00e2\u0080\u0099s career as a sommelier took off after he moved to Britain in the mid-1980s; since then he has been named Best Sommelier in the UK multiple times, was the Best Sommelier in the World in 2010 and received an OBE from The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle in 2011.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004491-ThierryMeyer.jpg"><h2>ThierryMeyer.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Alsace \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Thierry Meyer<\/span><br><br>Founder of L\u00e2\u0080\u0099Oenoth\u00c3\u00a8que Alsace and oenoalsace.com, Thierry focuses on running a series of masterclasses and dinners dedicated to the wine of his Alsace homeland.<br><br>Oenoalsace.com is one of the most comprehensive online resources dedicated to Alsace wine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000574c-Patricio_Tapia.jpg"><h2>DWWA 2013 Patricio Tapia<\/h2><strong>Argentina - Patricio Tapia<\/strong><br><br>Patricio Tapia graduated with a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, before attending Bordeaux University in France, where he studied for a diploma in wine tasting and winemaking. <br><br>Currently, he is Wine & Spirits\u00e2\u0080\u0099 critic for the wines of Argentina, Chile and Spain, regularly contributing articles on these regions, and for the past nine years Patricio has been a host on the El Gourmet channel in South America. <br><br>His career has seen him visit wine regions around the world, and he has authored several books, including his annual Descorchado (an Argentine and Chilean wine guide), The Wines of Colchagua Valley, TodoVino, and Wines for Great Occasions.<br><img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004484-Michael_Hill_Smith_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2774.jpg"><h2>Michael Hill-Smith MW-dwwa2012-JTrickett-2774.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Australia \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Michael Hill-Smith MW<\/span><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">(co-chair with Anthony Rose)<\/span><br><br>Michael became the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination in 1988. He is a wine producer, international wine judge, wine consultant, wine writer and lapsed restaurateur.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004478-Anthony_Rose_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2773.jpg"><h2>Anthony Rose-dwwa2012-JTrickett-2773.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Australia \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Anthony Rose<\/span><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">(co-chair with Michael Hill-Smith MW)<\/span><br><br>Anthony is the Independent\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine correspondent and contributes to Decanter, and Jancis Robinson\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Oxford Companion to Wine on the subject of wine investment. A founding member of The Wine Gang, he also teaches the Leith\u00e2\u0080\u0099s School of Food & Wine certificate.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004476-Andreas_Larsson_dec_2008_photo_by_Hans_Strand.jpg"><h2>Andreas Larsson dec 2008 photo by Hans Strand.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Austria \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Andreas Larsson<\/span><br><br>Wine Director of renowned Swedish restaurant PM & V\u00c3\u00a4nner, Andreas also travels internationally as a taster, lecturer and consultant. He was crowned Best Sommelier<br>in the World in 2007.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004477-Angela_Muir_11_8208.jpg"><h2>Angela Muir '11-8208.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Central & Eastern Europe, Croatia, Czech Republic<\/span> <span style="font-weight: bold;">and Southern & Eastern Mediterranean \u00e2\u0080\u0093<\/span> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Angela Muir MW<\/span><br><br>Starting her career with John Harvey & Sons of Bristol, Angela set up her own wine shop and school in 1988, and later launched wine consultancies Cellarworld International and Cellarworld Argentina. She lectures in French, English and Spanish on wine production and the UK market.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000448f-Stephen_Brook_RC_for_USA_2_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Stephen Brook (RC for USA) 2--DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Bordeaux \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Stephen Brook<\/span><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">(co-chair with James Lawther MW)<\/span><br><br>Stephen is a contributing editor to Decanter and has won a clutch of awards for his writing on wine. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Complete Bordeaux, and also fully revised the last two editions of Hugh Johnson\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Companion.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000449e-James_Lawther_MW.jpg"><h2>James Lawther MW.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Bordeaux \u00e2\u0080\u0093 James Lawther MW<\/span><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">(co-chair with Stephen Brook)<\/span><br><br>An independent wine writer, lecturer and tour guide based in Bordeaux, James\u00e2\u0080\u0099 early career involved stints as a cellar-hand in the region, as well as in Burgundy, Roussillon<br>and Western Australia. He became an MW in 1993.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004485-Michael_Schuster_11_8555.jpg"><h2>Michael Schuster '11-8555.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Michael Schuster, Burgundy<\/span><br><br>Michael Schuster studied wine tasting in Bordeaux, where he gained the University Tasting Diploma, and after creating an award-winning retail business in the early 1980s, he went on to work independently as a wine writer and lecturer. He currently runs his own wine school at Bordeaux Index, lectures to both amateurs and professionals throughout the UK and abroad, and is on The Wine Society\u00e2\u0080\u0099s management committee. In 2002, Michael was elected as a member of the Academie Internationale du Vin. Writing regularly for The World of Fine Wine, and occasionally for Decanter, his books include a translation of Emile Peynaud's Le Go\u00c3\u00bbt du Vin, Understanding Wine and the award-winning Essential Winetasting.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004492-Tony_Aspler_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Tony Aspler-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Canada \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Tony Aspler<\/span><br><br>Tony has been the wine columnist for The Toronto Star for 22 years and is the author of 16 wine books and three wine murder-mystery novels. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Canada, and in 2012 he was elected to the New York Media Wine Writers\u00e2\u0080\u0099 Hall of Fame.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000447b-Essi_Avellan_MW_1_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Essi Avellan MW 1-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Champagne \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Essi Avellan MW<\/span><br><br>Essi is Finland\u00e2\u0080\u0099s first Master of Wine and the editor of FINE Champagne magazine. She also contributes to a number of international wine publications and writes a bi-annual wine buying guide for Finnish consumers.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004487-Peter_Richards_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_3039.jpg"><h2>Peter Richards MW-dwwa2012-JTrickett-3039.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Chile, Brazil, Uruguay \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Peter Richards MW<\/span><br><br>Peter is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He is a co-founder of the Winchester Wine School and writes regularly about Chilean wines \u00e2\u0080\u0093 his book, The Wines of Chile, was shortlisted for the Andr\u00c3\u00a9 Simon Award.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000447e-Giles_MacDonongh_dwwa2012_5539.jpg"><h2>Giles MacDonongh-dwwa2012-5539.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Germany \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Giles MacDonogh<\/span><br><br>Giles has been writing for international newspapers and magazines, as well as broadcasting on the radio and television, since 1985. He is the author of 14 books and is currently writing a history of modern Germany.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004486-Nico_Manessis_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Nico Manessis-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Greece \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Nico Manessis<\/span><br><br>Nico is the author of three books on Greek wine, and chronicles stories and videos on greekwineworld.com.<br><br>His most recent endeavour has been to co-produce the award-winning documentary film Pelican\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Watch, about Santorini\u00e2\u0080\u0099s unique vineyard.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000447a-Caroline_Gilby_MW_dwwa2012_5660.jpg"><h2>Caroline Gilby MW-dwwa2012-5660.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Hungary \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Caroline Gilby MW<\/span><br><br>Caroline has been visiting Hungary for over 20 years since becoming the first major buyer to import the country\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wines. She has a doctorate in plant biology and is currently a freelance wine writer and consultant.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000448c-Rosemary_George_MW_RC_for_Regional_Italy_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Rosemary George MW (RC for Regional Italy)-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Languedoc-Roussillon \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Rosemary George MW<\/span><br><br>Rosemary became an MW in 1979. Working as a freelance wine journalist since 1981, she has written 11 wine books, has a second home in the Languedoc, and writes a blog on the region, tastelanguedoc.blogspot.com.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004481-Jim_Budd_dwwa2012_5532.jpg"><h2>Jim Budd-dwwa2012-5532.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Loire \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Jim Budd<\/span><br><br>Jim moved from education to wine in 1988. He exposes the dangers of drinks investment on his award-winning website, investdrinks.org, writes the Jim\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Loire blog, and is one of five members of the Les 5 du Vin blog.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004488-Poh_Tiong_Chng_2_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Poh Tiong Ch'ng 2-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Middle East, Far East & Asia \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Ch\u00e2\u0080\u0099ng Poh Tiong<\/span><br><br>Poh Tiong is an author, wine columnist, and the publisher of The Singapore Wine Review and<br>chinesebordeauxguide.com. In 2000, he published the world\u00e2\u0080\u0099s first Guide to Bordeaux in Chinese. Founder of the International Congress of Chinese Cuisine & Wine, he is<br>the wine trainer for Sofitel Hotels.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004479-Bob_Lucy2_small.jpg"><h2>Bob (Lucy)2 small.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">New Zealand \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Bob Campbell MW<\/span><br><br>Bob is wine editor of Your Home & Garden, Taste magazine and the Air NZ in-flight magazine, as well as New Zealand editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine.<br><br>Contributing to wine publications in seven countries, he also runs wine diploma courses in three continents and is chairman of the New Zealand International Wine Show.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000447f-Ian_dAgata_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Ian d'Agata-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Piedmont and Southern Italy \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Ian D\u00e2\u0080\u0099Agata<\/span><br><br>Ian is the author of two Italian wine books, writes for Stephen Tanzer\u00e2\u0080\u0099s International Wine Cellar, and regularly contributes to Decanter. Co-director of the Rome International Wine School, he also lectures for New York University\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Food Sciences Master\u00e2\u0080\u0099s program.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000448a-Richard_Mayson_dwwa2012_5269.jpg"><h2>Richard Mayson-dwwa2012-5269.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Port & Madeira \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Richard Mayson<\/span><br><br>Richard began his career working for The Wine Society and now specialises in Iberian wines, especially fortified. He is the author of four books and lectures for the WSET and<br>Leith\u00e2\u0080\u0099s School of Food and Wine in London. In 1999, he was made a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000448d-Sarah_Ahmed_RC_for_Portugal_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Sarah Ahmed (RC for Portugal)-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Portugal \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Sarah Ahmed<\/span><br><br>Sarah is The Wine Detective, a London-based wine writer and educator with a particular interest in Portugal. She was awarded the Vintners\u00e2\u0080\u0099 Cup in 2003 and was named<br>Wine Writer of the Year at the Portuguese Annual Wine Awards 2009.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000449c-Andrew_Jefford_dwwa2012.jpg"><h2>Andrew Jefford-dwwa2012.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Regional France \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Andrew Jefford<\/span><br><br>Andrew is a columnist for both Decanter magazine and Decanter.com. He has been writing and broadcasting about wine (as well as food, whisky, travel and perfume) since the 1980s and his 2002 book, The New France, won the Andr\u00c3\u00a9 Simon Award in 2003 as well as Wine Book of the Year at both Lanson and Veuve Clicquot\u00e2\u0080\u0099s awards.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004480-Jane_Hunt_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_3040.jpg"><h2>Jane Hunt MW-dwwa2012-JTrickett-3040.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Regional Italy \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Jane Hunt MW <\/span><br><br>Jane\u00e2\u0080\u0099s career in wine has spanned sales and marketing, buying, education, writing, and PR. Along with her business partner, she now runs Hunt & Coady Ltd, organising trade tastings. <br><br>Spending several months of the year in Italy, she produces olive oil at her renovated farmhouse in Umbria.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004482-John_Livingstone_Learmonth_dwwa2012_5581.jpg"><h2>John Livingstone-Learmonth-dwwa2012-5581.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne \u00e2\u0080\u0093 John Livingstone-Learmonth<\/span><br><br>Since first visiting the region in 1973, John has dedicated most of his life to writing and talking about the wines of the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne. He runs the website drinkrhone.com, has published four books on the region and describes the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne as running through his veins.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004483-Lynne_Sherriff_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2649.jpg"><h2>Lynne Sherriff MW-dwwa2012-JTrickett-2649.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">South Africa \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Lynne Sherriff MW<\/span><br><br>Lynn is a wine educator and independent wine consultant \u00e2\u0080\u0093 specialising in production, blending and marketing. She holds diplomas in oenology & viticulture, and cellar technology.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000448e-Sarah_Jane_Evans_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2791.jpg"><h2>Sarah Jane Evans MW-dwwa2012-JTrickett-2791.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Spain & Sherry \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Sarah Jane Evans MW<\/span><br><br>Sarah won the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for her Master of Wine dissertation on Sherry and is currently deputy vice-chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She also contributes to leading reference books.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000449f-Monty_Waldin_DWWA_judge.jpg"><h2>Monty Waldin DWWA judge.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Monty Waldin, Tuscany<\/span><br><br>Monty Waldin became the first wine writer to specialize in green issues in the mid-1990\u00e2\u0080\u0099s and his first book, The Organic Wine Guide, was published in 1999 and voted Britain\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Guide of the Year. At the time, Monty was developing a biodiversity project for a Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in California and has drawn on his winemaking experiences in Chile for subsequent writings. He is the author of other award-winning books including Biodynamic Wines and Wines of South America as well as being filmed in 2007 for Britain\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Channel 4 documentary, Ch\u00c3\u00a2teau Monty, on biodynamic winemaking in Roussillon in France. In addition, Monty has contributed to radio, newspapers and wine, travel and environmental publications. He frequently visits Tuscany where his Italian partner and their son live, and advises on biodynamics to farms, vineyards, gardens and olive groves across the globe.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000449b-Stephen_Skelton_dwwa2012_.jpg"><h2>Stephen Skelton-dwwa2012-.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">UK \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Stephen Skelton MW<\/span><br><br>In 1977 Stephen established Tenterden Vineyards in Kent, where he made wine for 23 vintages. Between 1988 and 1991 he was winemaker at Lamberhurst Vineyards, and<br>he currently consults on English wine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/00000449d-J.bonne_.jpg"><h2>J.bonne.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">USA \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Jon Bonn\u00c3\u00a9<\/span><br><br>Jon is The San Francisco Chronicle\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine editor and is currently working on a book about wine in California. Previously, he was lifestyle editor and wine columnist for<br>MSNBC.com, and wine columnist for Seattle magazine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/12\/000004489-Richard_Baudains_RC_for_Veneto_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Richard Baudains (RC for Veneto)-DWWA.jpg<\/h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">Veneto \u00e2\u0080\u0093 Richard Baudains<\/span><br><br>Richard lives in the region of Friuli. He has been a regular contributor to Decanter on Italian wines since 1989 and also lectures on wine journalism at the Universit\u00c3\u00a0 delle Scienze Gastronomiche in Piedmont.