<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb5-Richard_Baudains.jpg"><h2>Richard Baudains.jpg<\/h2>Richard Baudains was born and bred in Jersey in the Channel Islands and trained to be a teacher of English as a foreign language in order to satisfy his wanderlust. After several years in various foreign climes, Richard settled down in beautiful Friuli-Venezia Giulia, having had the good fortune to reside previously in the winemaking regions of Piemonte, Tuscany, Liguria and Trentino-Alto Adige. Richard wrote his first article for Decanter in 1989 and has been a regular contributor on Italian wines ever since.His day job as Director of a language school conveniently leaves time for a range of wine-related activities including writing for the Slow Wine Guide, editing, translating, leading tastings and lecturing in wine journalism at the Universit\u00c3\u00a0 delle Scienze Gastronomiche.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb6-Sergio_de_Luca.jpg"><h2>Sergio de Luca.jpg<\/h2>Sergio de Luca is Director of Buying for Italy at Enotria World Wine. He has 30 years\u00e2\u0080\u0099 experience in the UK market and has been at Enotria for more than 25 years. Sergio\u00e2\u0080\u0099s family is in farming and all his experience is connected with the wine world, having studied and completed a degree in winemaking in Italy.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb7-Thomas_Rooch.jpg"><h2>Thomas Rooch.jpg<\/h2>Thomas Rooch is a native German who has lived most of his live in Asia and speaks fluent Chinese, German, English and some Japanese. He graduated from Fu-Hsing College in Taipei, Taiwan, and holds a Diploma in Hotel Management and Administration from Institut Hotelier \u00e2\u0080\u009cCesar Ritz\u00e2\u0080\u009d, Switzerland. His vast experience includes various positions in Asia, the USA, Europe and the Middle East for Hyatt International, Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, The Peninsula in Hong Kong, One & Only Luxury Resorts, and the Asia Wine Service & Education Centre in Hong Kong. Thomas is a member of \u00e2\u0080\u0098The Sommeliers of Asia\u00e2\u0080\u0099 and the official \u00e2\u0080\u0098Ambassador of German Wine\u00e2\u0080\u0099 for the VDP, German Wine Institute. He has also judged at several international wine competitions since 2006. Thomas currently works as General Manager at Anantara\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Sanya Resort and Spa on Hainan Island, China.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb8-Walter_Speller.jpg"><h2>Walter Speller.jpg<\/h2>Walter Speller started his career in wine as a wine buyer and sommelier in an Italian restaurant in the 1990s in Berlin. Before moving to London in 2003, he worked a vintage at Ch\u00c3\u00a2teau Haut-Bages-Lib\u00c3\u00a9ral in Pauillac. In London, Speller worked for Terence Conran\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Le Pont de la Tour, first as a sommelier then as a buyer for its wine merchant, a role which involved looking after its 1,400-bin list and organising more than 150 master classes with winemakers from all over the world. In 2008, he set up his own consultancy and works with producers from Italy. Based in London and Padua, Walter also reports on all things Italian on www.jancisrobinson.com, and is currently researching for the Italian chapter of the new edition of the World Atlas of Wine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb3-Massimiliano_Jacobacci.jpg"><h2>Massimiliano Jacobacci.jpg<\/h2>Massimiliano Jacobacci was immersed in the world of fine wines while growing up as both his father and grandfather were respected Oenologists. He studied Biology in his home town of Rome and then after serving as an officer in the Italian navy, he arrived in London. Intrigued by the changing palates of the city, Massimiliano joined a new generation of young chefs and cooked professionally for three years before returning to his roots in the wine industry. Inspired by the Hemingway novel, he set up \u00e2\u0080\u0098A Moveable Feast\u00e2\u0080\u0099, running wine tasting dinners and consulting for food and wine dot coms. In 2004, Massimiliano founded FortyFive10\u00c2\u00b0 to import some of Italy\u00e2\u0080\u0099s finest and terroir specific wines, focusing on wholesale and retail markets.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb4-Nick_Bielak.jpg"><h2>Nick Bielak.jpg<\/h2>After several forays to Italy, Nick Bielak emigrated in 1996 and inevitably became involved in wine, working for a Puglian winery until 2003. He then returned to London to work for Bibendum as an Italian specialist. Since 2006 he has had the privilage of working with Nicolas Belfrage MW, with whom he roams Italy's vast expanse of DOCs and DOCGs, consulting with producers and enologists in an attempt to synthesize the exponential and detailed world that is Italian wine. Nick currently spends half his time in Italy and half in London.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb0-Chris_Murphy.jpg"><h2>Chris Murphy.jpg<\/h2>Chris Murphy has worked at Marks & Spencer all his life and has spent the best part of the last three decades sourcing wines from around the world.For the past five years he has concentrated on the M&S Wine Club, \u00e2\u0080\u0098Wine Online\u00e2\u0080\u0099 and has judged at wine competitions both at home and abroad. Chris has tried to adhere to the advice given him by Christopher Tatham when he was first starting out, that \u00e2\u0080\u009cthe first duty of a wine is to be delicious\u00e2\u0080\u009d.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb1-Daniele_Cernilli.jpg"><h2>Daniele Cernilli.jpg<\/h2>Daniele Cernilli was born in Rome and graduated with a Masters in Philosophy. He entered the wine trade in 1979 at Vini & Liquori, a monthly magazine. He then co-founded what would become the annual Gambero Rosso Vini d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Italia as an aid to wine lovers in 1987. Daniele has held various editorial positions, including Editor-at-large of Gambero Rosso magazine and Wine Travel Food. In 1988 he was named Editor-in-Chief of Vini d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Italia (also published in English as Italian Wines), where he directed the tastings of wines entered from all over Italy \u00e2\u0080\u0093 a few hundred in the first edition to over 18,000 in the 2010 edition. In 1999, Daniele started writing for Rai Sat \/ Gambero Rosso Channel and, in 2009, he was made Editor-in-Chief of the programme. Daniele has consulted for the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS) and the Worldwide Sommelier Association (WSA), and is currently working on his own Italian & English web magazine, Doctor WIne (doctorwine.it).<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb2-Marcia_Waters_MW.jpg"><h2>Marcia Waters MW.jpg<\/h2>Marcia Waters works for The Oxford Wine Company, consults to the trade and is chair of Education Examination Board at the Institute of Masters of Wine. She became a Master Of Wine herself in 1990 and in the past has worked as a buyer for Victoria Wine and Tesco, run the UK office of Vergelegen and Boschendal, as well as working for Rothschild Wine at Waddesdon Manor.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fae-Andrea_Briccarello.jpg"><h2>Andrea Briccarello.jpg<\/h2>Andrea Briccarello is Head Sommelier at La Chapelle, the winner of the Best Wine List at the National restaurants Awards 2011. He was previously Group Sommelier and Wine Buyer for Corrigan's Mayfair, Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, and Lindsay House. Andrea has also worked at the Michelin-starred Umu, and was named Sommelier of the Year 2009 by Taste of London, as well as being the winner of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy in 2010.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002faf-Angelo_Sabbadin.jpg"><h2>Angelo Sabbadin.jpg<\/h2>Angelo Sabbadin, Wine Director<br>Angelo was born and raised outside the city of Padua in northeastern Italy. His interest in wine began when he was stationed to do military service 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. He gradually worked his way from cellar manager to wine buyer for all six restaurants 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 Ipad. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed. He was named Sommelier of the Year in 2011 in Italy\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Espresso Wine Guide.