<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/00000301d-Andrew_Jefford_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2921.jpg"><h2>Andrew Jefford.jpg<\/h2>Andrew Jefford is a columnist for both Decanter magazine and www.decanter.com. 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 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\/2012\/05\/00000301b-Tim_Johnston_dwwa2012_5554.jpg"><h2>Tim Johnston.jpg<\/h2>Tim Johnston entered the wine trade in 1966 with Findlater, Mackie & Todd before joining Hedges & Butler in Regent Street as a trainee. He also spent eight months working in the lower ranks at Ch\u00c3\u00a2teau Cantenac Brown in Margaux before moving to Aix en Provence to work for a British company exporting wine to the United States. After fifteen years in partnership with Mark Williamson of Willi's Wine Bar, Tim now runs Juveniles in Paris' Rue de Richelieu, which he opened in March 1987. specialising in Rhone, Provence and foreign wines - in fact anything that's not made of Pinot Noir, and isn't red Bordeaux. Juveniles is a great believer in screw-caps and glass tops, in fact anything that isn't cork!<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/00000301c-Yves_Desmaris_MS_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2929.jpg"><h2>Yves Desmaris MS.jpg<\/h2>Yves Desmaris MS attended the Centre de Formation d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Apprentis (CFA) in Livron, France. Upon graduating in 1986, he moved to the London to work as commis sommelier at the Stafford Hotel in St James. During this time he completed the WSET Advanced Certificate & WSET Diploma. In 1992 he was awarded the title of Master Sommelier. He has been with Gary Rhodes for almost 13 years where he is Wine Buyer for UK restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Rhodes Twenty Four.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003019-Remi_Cousin_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Remi Cousin.jpg<\/h2>R\u00c3\u00a9mi Cousin moved to the UK in 2004 to work with Hotel du Vin. He then moved to the Fat Duck in 2008 as Assistant Sommelier. He won the Best Young Sommelier of UK Award in 2011 and was runner-up in the Best Young Sommelier of the World competition in Athens. R\u00c3\u00a9mi holds the advanced sommelier diploma form the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently preparing for his MS, and the Best Sommelier in UK and Best Young Sommelier in the World competitions.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/00000301a-Simon_Taylor_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Simon Taylor.jpg<\/h2>Simon Taylor read History of Art and spent 23 years at Sotheby\u00e2\u0080\u0099s as a picture expert and Manager before seeing the light and giving up a big salary to found Stone, Vine & Sun, a mail order merchant specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon, the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne, South Africa and South America.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003017-Matthew_Stubbs_MW_DWWA.jpg"><h2>Matthew Stubbs MW.jpg<\/h2>Matthew Stubbs MW began his career in the UK wine trade in 1987 after graduating with a language and business degree. He has worked in all aspects of the business from sales, marketing and brand management to buying, sourcing and retail development. He spent 14 years with Seagram, one of the world\u00e2\u0080\u0099s largest drinks companies, followed by three years as director of wine at UK supermarket Safeway. In 2004, he moved to the South of France to set up his own consultancy and training company. Finally in July 2008, he opened Vin\u00c3\u00a9cole, a wine school based at Domaine Gayda in the Languedoc. He qualified as an MW in 1996.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003018-Nathan_Nolan_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2933.jpg"><h2>Nathan Nolan.jpg<\/h2>Nathan Nolan is a food & drinks presenter\/blogger from Canada. After moving to the UK in 1998, he has worked as a barman, waiter, sommelier and catering manager. Nathan discovered his passion for wine working in a gastro pub in Battersea 11 years ago. He then did a stint in retail for Oddbins and Philglass & Swiggot, on his way to getting his WSET Intermediate & Advanced Certificates. After working as a sommelier in Los Angeles and London, he started his own wine tasting business before graduating to presenting and blogging as Mr Drink \u00e2\u0080\u0098N\u00e2\u0080\u0099 Eat.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003016-Isabelle_Bachelard_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2971.jpg"><h2>Isabelle Bachelard.jpg<\/h2>Isabelle Bachelard is a Paris-based freelance wine journalist writing for the Revue du Vin de France, Vins Spiritueux et Boissons,a weekly newsletter,Guide Cuisine, Gala Gourmand and Intense, a new trendy food magazine starting in May. She trained with Steven Spurrier when he had his wine school, l'Acad\u00c3\u00a9mie du Vin, in Paris. Isabelle\u00e2\u0080\u0099s writing style accommodates her wide ranging audience, which includes trade professionals, wine lovers and those who simply like to dabble in wine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003014-David_Vareille_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2927.jpg"><h2>David Vareille.jpg<\/h2>David Vareille was raised in Chablis and has worked as a sommelier since the age of 16. At the age of 30, he became a professional Sommelier. David moved to the UK in 2006 and has worked at L\u00e2\u0080\u0099enclume in Cartmel in the Lake District, the Hotel du Vin Birmingham, the Hotel du Vin Cambridge and the London-based Bleeding Heart. In 2010 he opened Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003015-Elizabeth_Gabay_MW_dwwa2012_5627.jpg"><h2>Elizabeth Gabay MW.jpg<\/h2>Elizabeth Gabay MW graduated with a history degree and, after a few years in publishing, the theatre and travelling, she settled down to concentrate on wine. Since the mid-1980s Elizabeth has specialised in the wines of south eastern France. She graduated as a Master of Wine in 1998. Until 2002 Elizabeth was an independent wine merchant, educator, consultant, corporate events host and lecturer on historic wines. She then moved to south east France where she continues teaching and writing about the wines of Provence, Hungary and northern Italy. She is currently working on her first book.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003013-Alex_Hunt_MW_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2937.jpg"><h2>Alex Hunt MW.jpg<\/h2>Alex Hunt MW joined the wine trade as a van driver for Oddbins while studying philosophy and psychology at Oxford, where he captained the varsity blind-tasting team. After graduating in 2000, he joined Mayfair Cellars, holding both sales and buying roles. In 2006, he moved to Berkmann Wine Cellars, where he is currently Purchasing Director. Since February 2012 he has also written a monthly column on taste and tasting for jancisrobinson.com. Alex became a Master of Wine in 2010, winning the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in the tasting exam.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003011-Tom_Forrest.jpg"><h2>Tom Forrest.jpg<\/h2>Tom Forrest was born in Edinburgh and fell in love with wine, especially Pinot Noir, at the age of 18 when he was given a bottle of Nuits-St-Georges by a hotel manager. Following a career in hotel management, he began teaching wine & spirits to hospitality students in 1982 and is currently the Wine and Spirits Education Manager at Vinopolis, where he has been working since 1999. Tom oversees the accredited WSET education programme and the calendar of master classes which includes the \u00e2\u0080\u0098Meet the Experts\u00e2\u0080\u0099 series where Oz Clarke regularly features. He has judged at various international wine competitions since 1997, is the author of \u00e2\u0080\u0098The Complete Wine Course\u00e2\u0080\u0099, published by Carlton Books and in 2007 he won the UK Champagne Ambassador competition and was a European finalist. Tom has appeared on TV shows including This Morning, Fake Britain and Come Date With Me as well as various local radio stations in London and the South East, including BBC Radio 4\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Today programme and the World Service.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/0000016a1-DWWA_Jean_Pierre_Rabaste.jpg"><h2>DWWA Jean-Pierre Rabaste.jpg<\/h2>Jean-Pierre Rabaste (also judged Chile) Born in Germany but of French Nationality, Jean-Pierre arrived in London in 1996. 16 years in London saw him working as a Sommelier in various establishments, including the Orrery, Hakkasan, Che Restaurant and Putney Bridge Restaurant. During this time, he has reached the national semi final of the Ruinart Sommelier of the year, the final of the Torres Competition, and received the Gosset Celebris Trophy Award for Best Champagne List of England. He was also nominated for ITV Carlton award for UK Best Wine List. Jean- Pierre is now a Director of a CIE called Top Selection which specialise in boutique wineries.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002f6b-Patricia_Langton.jpg"><h2>Patricia Langton.jpg<\/h2>Patricia Langton is a freelance journalist and the former wine editor of Off Licence News. Her website and blog can be found at www.patricialangton.com.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002f5a-Beverley_Blanning_MW.jpg"><h2>Beverley Blanning MW.jpg<\/h2>Beverley Blanning MW is a London-based independent wine journalist and the author of Wine Tasting and Biodynamics in Wine. She is a feature writer and taster for Decanter and a contributor to other publications around the world. Beverley has judged at numerous wine competitions internationally. She is also a presenter and educator for corporate, consumer and trade events, including the Christie's Wine Course. She became a Master of Wine in 2001.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003047-Justin_Howard_Sneyd_MW.jpg"><h2>Justin Howard-Sneyd MW.jpg<\/h2>Justin Howard-Sneyd MW started off in the wine business working in a shop, running wine education courses, and working six vintages in South Africa, Hungary, Romania and France. He then settled down in England to become a buyer for Safeway. He passed the MW in 1999, winning the Tim Derrouet Award as the outstanding student from his year, after which he joined Sainsbury's in 2000, where he spent five years as a buyer. From 2005 to 2010 he headed up Waitrose\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine team. He is now Global Wine Director at Direct Wines. In addition to the day job, he and his family make 4,000 bottles a year of Domaine of the Bee, a blend of Grenache and Carignan grown on a few hectares of land in Roussillon.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003048-Monty_Waldin.jpg"><h2>Matthew Waldin.jpg<\/h2>Matthew Waldin has worked in vineyards and wineries of all shapes and sizes in both hemispheres. A specialist writer, speaker and consultant on biodynamic wine, Monty was the subject of the first ever television series, Channel Four's Chateau Monty, which aired in 2008, to document the production of biodynamic wine from pruning to bottling.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000003049-Arabella_Woodrow_MW.jpg"><h2>Arabella Woodrow MW.jpg<\/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. 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. She moved to Yorkshire to join Morrisons as Wine Trading Manager in October 2007. Outside of work, Arabella has been a keen sportswoman for a number of years, regularly running marathons and taking part in triathlons and orienteering events.