<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa5-Margaret_Harvey_MW.jpg"><h2>Margaret Harvey MW.jpg<\/h2>Margaret Harvey MW was born and educated in Auckland, New Zealand, and came to the UK on a two-year working holiday in 1975, during which time she attended various wine courses. Harvey started Fine Wines of New Zealand in 1985 by importing 100 cases of wine from small, family-run properties. She passed her MW in 1991. In 1998, she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2006, was awarded Honorary Life Member to New Zealand Winegrowers for services to the industry.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa1-Jim_Harre.jpg"><h2>Jim Harre.jpg<\/h2>Jim Harre worked for Air New Zealand as a Flight Attendant, Inflight Service Director and Wine Consultant for over 30 years where he was instrumental in the creation of the Air New Zealand Wine Club and the development of the Flight Attendant Wine Education Programme. Jim and his wife now own and operate The Gates Country Lodge, a boutique luxury lodge situated in New Zealand\u00e2\u0080\u0099s South Island. After studying winemaking and viticulture at EIT in Hawke\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Bay, Jim worked vintages in France, Australia and New Zealand and then spent a short period at Christies Fine Wine Department in London. In 2000 Jim authored a research paper \u00e2\u0080\u009cThe effect of the aircraft environment has on the sensory perception of wine\u00e2\u0080\u009d. During the last ten years, Jim has been a senior member of the judging teams at several national and international wine competitions, including New Zealand Wine Growers national competition and is currently Chairman of Judges of the New World Wine Awards Competition.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa4-Mai_Tjemsland_MW.jpg"><h2>Mai Tjemsland MW.jpg<\/h2>Mai Tjemsland MW is an Oslo-based restaurateur with her own company GastroConsult AS. She holds a BI in Business Economy and Marketing, was certificated as a Sommelier in 1996 and became a Master of Wine in 2009. Claiming Italy is her favourite wine country, Mai has worked internationally in the hospitality industry for over 25 years and now oversees her own restaurant and catering companies. Alongside this, Mai lectures at sommelier schools, the WSET and the Institute of Masters of Wine as well as consulting for importers and holding Masterclasses on subjects including New Trends in Chile, California, and Food and Wine in Harmony.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa3-Laurent_Chaniac.jpg"><h2>Laurent Chaniac.jpg<\/h2>Laurent Chaniac is food and wine consultant to The Cinnamon Club and Kitchen in London where his expertise in matching wines to Indian cuisine has become very popular. He has been described as a sommelier who \u00e2\u0080\u009chas pioneered some revolutionary ideas on pairing wine with the constantly evolving Indian flavours." He has also worked in various managerial positions with some of London's finest dining experiences for years, including L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, The Square Restaurant and The Stafford Hotel, all part of the group holding 25 Michelin stars.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa2-Justin_Liddle.jpg"><h2>Justin Liddle.jpg<\/h2>Justin Liddle joined the wine trade in 1990, seduced by the heady mix of food, wine and travel. He has spent time working in all areas of the trade, from in the vineyards of the Rhein-Phalz to being a Director for Bollinger agent Mentzendorff, via Oddbins and Yapp Brothers. He is currently a partner in Stokes Fine Wines, a Somerset-based agent and consultancy working with producers from around the world. He remains fascinated by all regions but likes to remain up to date on New Zealand, Portugal and Spain.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002faa-Richard_Hemming.jpg"><h2>Richard Hemming.jpg<\/h2>Richard Hemming started working in wine retail in 2001. After completing the WSET Diploma in 2007, he went to McLaren Vale and survived the 2008 vintage as a cellar hand. While there, he started writing about his experiences for www.JancisRobinson.com and now writes articles and tasting notes for the site every week. Richard is also drinks writer for Sainsbury\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Magazine and has been published by Decanter, The Drinks Business, Harpers Wine & Spirit, and The World of Fine Wine. Alongside writing, Richard tutors for the London Wine Academy and runs wine dinners at the Bull & Last in Highgate. He has also worked as a viticultural assistant for Gusbourne Estate in Kent and offers cellar consultation services to private clients. Richard was runner-up for the Young Wine Writer Award in 2007 and 2008, and shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer Award 2010. He is currently completing his MW.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fab-Robert_Giorgione.jpg"><h2>Robert Giorgione.jpg<\/h2>Robert Giorgione is a London-based, independent wine, food and travel writer, blogger and award-winning sommelier. He has been in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years, including 15 years as a top-flight sommelier for Oxo Tower Restaurant, La Tante Claire, Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols and Orrery Restaurant. He has won and been nominated for the best wine list many times. Since 2006, Robert has been writing for the Borough Market and Marylebone Journal magazines. In 2009, Robert went to New Zealand to research his first book An Epicurean Odyssey: A Road Trip Around New Zealand, which he self-published in 2011 via Lulu.com. Robert\u00e2\u0080\u0099s knowledge and experience has enabled him to set up his own consultancy and roving sommelier social media business. You can connect with Robert at www.robertgiorgione.com and follow his tweets and updates on Twitter @rovingsommelier.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fac-Roger_Jones.jpg"><h2>Roger Jones.jpg<\/h2>Roger Jones owns the Michelin-starred \u00e2\u0080\u0098The Harrow at Little Bedwyn\u00e2\u0080\u0099, and combines his kitchen duties with a love of wine and frequent visits to Australia to enhance the 350 Australian wines from his 1,000-bin list. Roger also consults and advises numerous corporate companies_pg_Decanter.He is a 'Fellow' of The Master Chefs of Great Britain, and sits on their Executive Committee. He works closely with both Westminster and Swindon Catering Colleges, as well as with schools all over the South West. He is also involved in charity work, both as host of numerous cookery events, and through running in The London Marathon (usually a few days after DWWA Judging Week!). He has recently raised \u00c2\u00a380,000 for SCOPE and achieved a Guinness World Record.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fad-Stephen_Skelton_MW.jpg"><h2>Stephen Skelton MW.jpg<\/h2>Stephen Skelton MW started his career in wine in 1975. After 12 months at Schloss Sch\u00c3\u00b6nborn in Germany's Rheingau winegrowing region and two terms at Geisenheim Wine School, he returned to the UK in 1977 to establish Tenterden Vineyards in Kent, where he made wine for 23 vintages. He was Winemaker at Lamberhurst Vineyards from 1988\u00e2\u0080\u00931991. Stephen is a consultant to the English wine industry and is involved with planting vineyards for the production of sparkling wine. He became a Master of Wine in 2003.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa6-Matt_Wilkin_MS.jpg"><h2>Matt Wilkin MS.jpg<\/h2>Matt Wilkin MS is Australia\u00e2\u0080\u0099s first Master Sommelier. Following 10 years building on restaurant & wine experience in his native Australia, Matt moved to the UK in 1998 where he worked as Head Sommelier at the Michelin two-starred Capital Restaurant and then as Wine Buyer for Hotel Group Knightsbridge\u00e2\u0080\u0099s six restaurants; whilst also working several Stages at a time throughout the Loire & Bordeaux regions from 2000 to 2005. He is currently joint owner and Sales Director of H2Vin, and consults for several highly rated London restaurants. Matt contributes his experience to the Academy of Food & Wine Service for the UK Wine Service Standards Committee and is actively involved in the Examining Board for The Court of Master Sommeliers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, the most recent being \u00e2\u0080\u009cYoung Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK\u00e2\u0080\u009d.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa7-Philip_Tuck_MW.jpg"><h2>Philip Tuck MW.jpg<\/h2>Philip Tuck MW has been in the wine business for 24 years, starting in the industry straight out of university in 1986 when he joined Avery's in Bristol. From there, he spent time working for wineries in various countries including South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Chile and Italy. He returned to the UK in 1993 to help set up Hatch Mansfield where he is currently Wine Director. He became an MW in 1999.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa8-Philippa_Carr_MW.jpg"><h2>Philippa Carr MW.jpg<\/h2>Philippa Carr MW started her wine career as President of the student Wine Circle at the University of Bristol. Since then she has held many roles for several companies covering wine buying, managing retail stores, wine journalism and wine education at Leith's School of Food and Wine. In 1991 she passed the Master of Wine exam and the same year joined the inaugural Wine Flight of Lifetime to Australia. Joining Asda in 2005, Philippa currently leads their wine selection focusing particularly on the quality of the Asda Brand and Extra Special ranges. Philippa has a reputation for being an inveterate Francophile but is equally passionate about Southern Hemisphere wines.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fa9-Rhys_Pender_MW.jpg"><h2>Rhys Pender MW.jpg<\/h2>Rhys Pender MW is a wine educator, consultant, judge and freelance writer contactable via his company Wine Plus+ and his website www.rhyspender.com. He writes for a number of publications, judges internationally and is increasingly becoming recognised as one of Canada\u00e2\u0080\u0099s leading experts in the wine business. In 2008 Rhys was named as one of the \u00e2\u0080\u009cTop 40 Foodies Under 40\u00e2\u0080\u009d in Western Canada by Western Living magazine, and in 2010 Rhys became Canada\u00e2\u0080\u0099s youngest Master of Wine. His career plan is to wait for Robert Parker to retire so he can finally claim back his initials RP for wine reviews.