<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000586a-AndrewJefford_justinetrickett_5411.jpg"><h2>Andrew Jefford DWWA 2013 Regional Chair<\/h2>Andrew Jefford is a columnist for both <em>Decanter<\/em> magazine and <a href="http:\/\/www.Decanter.com">Decanter.com<\/a>. Andrew has been writing and broadcasting about wine (as well as about food, whisky, travel and perfume) since the 1980s, winning many awards \u00e2\u0080\u0093 the latest is for his work as a columnist. After spending 15 months as a senior research fellow at Adelaide University between 2009 and 2010, Andrew is now writing a book on Australia\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine landscape and terroirs. He lives in the Languedoc, on the frontier between the Gr\u00c3\u00a8s de Montpellier and Pic St Loup zones.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005902-NicolasClercMS_justinetrickett_5799.jpg"><h2>Nicolas Clerc MS DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Nicolas Clerc MS has been working with D&D London since 2009, and is currently the restaurant group\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Beverage Manager. From 2009 to 2012 he looked after Le Pont de la Tour\u00e2\u0080\u0099s restaurant and wine shop, as well as the wine lists at neighbouring restaurants The Blueprint Caf\u00c3\u00a9, Cantina del Ponte and Butlers Wharf Chop House. In 2012, he added Fish Market, Old Bengal Bar, New Street Grill and New Street Wine Shop to his portfolio of restaurants. Nicolas started his career in 2000 at Michelin-starred restaurants in his native France, and in the UK he has worked at Waldo\u00e2\u0080\u0099s in Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire, Summer Lodge Hotel in Dorset, and the Milestone Hotel and Apartments in Kensington, among others. Nicolas was named UK Sommelier of the Year 2007, won Best Sommelier and Best Wine List at the Tatler Awards in 2010, and in 2011 he was awarded Champagne List of the Year at the Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year Awards.<\/span><img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058c8-JoAhearneMW_justinetrickett_5417.jpg"><h2>Jo Ahearne MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Jo Ahearne MW first worked in the wine trade in the early 1990s at Oddbins, and after two years she went to Australia to work a vintage for Charles Melton, with his Nine Popes and Rose of Virginia wines. While in the Barossa Valley, she decided to sell her house and belongings and enrol in a winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, whilst also working at Pipers Brook, Bailey's of Glenrowan, Leasingham and Tintara wineries. Following this, Jo worked as a flying winemaker in Spain and France, was Assistant Winemaker as at Charles Melton, spent four years making Jacob\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Creek, and spent time in Fitou in the Languedoc. In 2004, Jo moved back to the UK to blend wines for Marks & Spencer, before a stint as Wine and Spirits Buyer for Harrods. She now works as a winemaking consultant.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058bc-Jamie_Hutchinson_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2591.jpg"><h2>Jamie Hutchinson DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Jamie Hutchinson is the Managing Director and co-founder of independent wine merchant The Sampler. After a career in venture capital, Jamie opened The Sampler in Islington in 2006, followed by a South Kensington branch in 2011, and plans to open other shops in the future. Jamie\u00e2\u0080\u0099s passions are Sherry, traditional Rioja, grower Champagne and Beaujolais, while his weaknesses are for wines with personality and that go against normal commercial conventions. Jamie is also the holder of the WSET Rafael Balao Lustau Memorial Trophy and won the WSET Cava and Penedes Wine Institute Bursary.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000587b-BenLlewelyn_justinetrickett_5669.jpg"><h2>Ben Llewelyn DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Ben Llewelyn has worked in the wine trade since 1997, beginning at Oddbins, and then at Italian specialist Enotria. He moved his family to France in 2007 to experience the life of a winemaker while studying for his MW, and in 2008 he set up the wholesale wine agency and importer Carte Blanche Wines, which leans toward those producers who choose to make wine as naturally as possible and works with independent wine merchants and restaurants across the UK. Carte Blanche Wines purchased independent wine retailer Caviste in 2011.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058b8-Isabelle_Legeron_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2909.jpg"><h2>Isabelle Legeron MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Isabelle Legeron MW was the first French female Master of Wine. Aiming to promote transparency in the wine world and encourage people to think about what they drink, Isabelle co-founded 2011's The Natural Wine Fair in London and set up RAW fair the following year. She communicates her enthusiasm for fine, natural wine via her website and a TV series on Travel Channel, as well as contributing to <em>Decanter<\/em>. Over the past couple of years, Isabelle has helped organize VinNatur\u00e2\u0080\u0099s conference, \u00e2\u0080\u0098Natural Wine: A Scientific Approach\u00e2\u0080\u0099, in Italy and consulted for both the eco-luxury Soneva resorts in the Maldives and Hibiscus, a 2* Michelin restaurant in Mayfair where she re-designed their wine list. <em>Time Out<\/em> features a wine tasting with her as one of their top \u00e2\u0080\u00981000 things to do in London\u00e2\u0080\u0099 and her list of awards includes the Villa Maria Award for Viticulture, the Madame Bollinger Award for Excellence in Tasting and Wine Woman of the Year 2009.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005899-DeborahParkerWong_justinetrickett_5668.jpg"><h2>Deborah Parker Wong DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Deborah Parker Wong is Northern California editor for <em>The Tasting Panel<\/em> magazine, where she reports on the global wine and spirits industries with an emphasis on domestic trends. In addition, she contributes features on business and production technology to <em>Vineyard & Winery Management<\/em> magazine, and is the co-author of <em>1000 Great Everyday Wines<\/em>, published by Dorling Kindersley in 2011. As a professional wine judge, Deborah attends a dozen regional, national and international wine competitions each year. She is a certified WSET educator, conducting educational tastings for SOPEXA and presenting consumer tastings for trade organisations including the producers of Ribera Del Duero, and is also a member of both the London-based Circle of Wine Writers and the Wine Media Guild of New York.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000589c-DominiqueVrigneau_justinetrickett_5427.jpg"><h2>Dominique Vrigneau DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Dominique Vrigneau joined Majestic on a work experience placement in 1986 after completing a five-year PhD in agriculture and oenology in France. He was soon promoted to the position of Buying Manager, and in 1991 he joined Thierry's Wine Services after a chance encounter with founder Thierry Cabanne. He became the company's Buying Director for France, Austria, Germany, Australasia and the US, and in November 2012 Dominique moved to a new venture, Watermill Wines, and now combines his buying capabilities with selling to key accounts. Dominique is also a Chevalier du Tastevin and has judged in key international competitions for many years.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005873-Arabella_Woodrow_MW_justinetrickett_5447.jpg"><h2>Arabella Woodrow MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Arabella Woodrow MW joined the wine trade in 1979 after leaving university with a BA and a D Phil in Biochemistry. She worked first in the Fine Wine Division of Harveys of Bristol, which gave her an excellent grounding in all the classic wine regions, and after taking the WSET Higher Certificate and Diploma examinations in the early 1980s, Arabella was awarded the Vintners\u00e2\u0080\u0099 Scholarship in 1983 and passed the MW exam in 1986. Since then, Arabella has worked in many different sectors of the trade and has been based in various locations from the south of England to Scotland, and currently resides in West Yorkshire, where she works from home, consulting for Broadland Wineries as their Wine Director. Outside of work, Arabella has been a keen sportswoman for a number of years and has run over 40 marathons and numerous triathlons, but her main athletic challenge currently lies in orienteering events.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005926-SimonTaylor_justinetrickett_5392.jpg"><h2>Simon Taylor DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Simon Taylor studied History of Art and spent 23 years at Sotheby\u00e2\u0080\u0099s as a picture expert and Manager before switching careers. He gave up the big salary to found Stone, Vine & Sun, a mail order wine merchant specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon, the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne, South Africa and South America. Simon makes as many overseas trips as he can afford in order to prospect for new wines.