<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc9-Sarah_Ahmed.jpg"><h2>Sarah Ahmed.jpg<\/h2>Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, is an independent, London-based wine writer, educator and judge with a particular interest in the wines of Australia, the Loire, Portugal and South Africa. Sarah was awarded the Vintners Cup in 2003, the Portuguese Annual Wine Awards\u00e2\u0080\u0099 Wine Writer of the Year 2009, and was short-listed for the International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year in 2009 and 2010. In addition to publishing www.thewinedetective.co.uk, she contributes to leading wine publications on Portugal including Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book, Wine Behind the Label (8th edition) and is currently consulting on the 7th edition of The World Atlas of Wine.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc7-Nick_Oakley.jpg"><h2>Nick Oakley.jpg<\/h2>Nick has been in the wine trade for 28 years, starting firstly with wine merchants Lay & Wheeler in Colchester.He then established his own business as a general wholesaler specialising in Portuguese wine after a 'road to Damascus' conversion following a visit there in the late 80s.His company, Oakley Wine Agencies, is today of the UK\u00e2\u0080\u0099s leading Portuguese specialists, and counts every major supermarket group in its client portfolio. In recent years the company has also started supplying markets as far afield as Norway, Ireland, Abu Dhabi and Jamaica with Portuguese wines.Nick is married with three adult children, one of whom, Charlotte, works in the company.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2014\/06\/000002fc8-Remi_Cousin.jpg"><h2><\/h2><img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc3-Joao_Paulo_Martins.jpg"><h2>Joao Paulo Martins.jpg<\/h2>Jo\u00c3\u00a3o Paulo Martins is a journalist who writes for Revista de Vinhos and has been the editor of Portugal\u00e2\u0080\u0099s oldest wine guide, Vinhos de Portugal, for the past 18 years. He is also the author of <\/font><font class="font6">The Pleasure of Port, a book available in both Portuguese and English, and co-author, with Chef Vitor Sobral, of O Portugal de Hoje \u00c3\u00a0 Mesa, a book about Portuguese food and wine pairing, and The Wine in Portugal Jo\u00c3\u00a3o has been a regular judge at the Brussels World Competition since 1998 and has also judged at competitions in London, South Africa, Brazil, Spain and Chile. He holds a degree in History from the Universidade de Lisboa.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc4-Joao_Pires_MS.jpg"><h2>Joao Pires MS.jpg<\/h2>Jo\u00c3\u00a3o Pires is the Head Sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. Born in Portugal, he moved to the UK in January of 2005 and he has worked as a sommelier for twenty years in Paris, Lisbon, Montreal, Toronto and the United Kingdom before becoming Wine Director for the Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire and the Capital Hotel in London. Prior to joining Blumenthal\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Dinner, he worked at Gordon Ramsay\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Royal Hospital Road. Jo\u00c3\u00a3o is a Master Sommelier, is presently enrolled with the Master of Wine Education Program and judges for wine competitions across the world.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc5-Luis_Sottomayor.jpg"><h2>Luis Sottomayor.jpg<\/h2>Luis Sottomayor worked in several wine regions before entering the Port wine business in 1989. Today, he is responsible for the Douro operation of Sogrape, leading a team of winemakers, tasters and cellar workers, as well as supervising the Company\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wineries in the Douro region. Born and raised in Portugal, he studied at Charles Sturt University and the Universit\u00c3\u00a9 de Bourgogne and holds a post graduate degree in Oenology from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia do Porto. Luis has been a member of the Douro and Porto Wines Institute since 2000.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc6-Matthieu_Longuere_MS.jpg"><h2>Matthieu Longuere MS.jpg<\/h2>Matthieu Longu\u00c3\u00a8re MS is originally from Bordeaux and studied catering at college for six years before coming to England in 1994. Since then he has worked as Head Sommelier at Lucknam Park near Bath, the Hotel du Vin in Bristol and La Trompette in Chiswick. He won the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition Troph\u00c3\u00a9e Ruinart in 2000, passed the WSET Diploma in 2002 and became a Master Sommelier in 2005. He speaks French, Spanish, English and basic Swedish. Matthieu was a semi-finalist at the Best Sommelier of Europe Competition 2010 where he represented the UK.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fbf-Claudio_Martins.jpg"><h2>Claudio Martins.jpg<\/h2>Claudio Martins grew up in the Dao region of Portugal, surrounded by vineyards and spending the school holidays helping the local producers with the harvest. In return, he received a few Escudos but a wealth of knowledge about turning the humble grape into such a blissful drink. Claudio\u00e2\u0080\u0099s approach to wine is that it should be kept simple, fun and available so that all can enjoy it. He specialises in Portuguese wines and strongly believes that Portugal has much to offer both as a wine region and for the impressive quality of its wines.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc0-Danny_Cameron.jpg"><h2>Danny Cameron.jpg<\/h2>Danny Cameron started his career in the hospitality industry, training at London's Caf\u00c3\u00a9 Royal. He went on to lead an eight-sommelier team at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, and became House Manager at Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire. Five years as an independent wine merchant followed, before becoming a Director of Portugal-specialist Raymond Reynolds Ltd. In addition, he runs an award-winning wine consultancy business, dcpr, and is the retiring Chairman of the Association of Portuguese Wine Importers; a group he founded in 2004.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc1-Godfrey_Spence.jpg"><h2>Godfrey Spence.jpg<\/h2>Godfrey Spence is one of the UK\u00e2\u0080\u0099s most experienced and popular wine educators. Starting in the retail sector, he soon started training staff which led to him becoming a Senior Lecturer at the WSET. Now working freelance, he runs the-wine-school.com and writes regularly on Portugal and Port for national and international publications. Godfrey is the author of three books, including the Prix Lanson short-listed The Port Companion which has been translated into nine languages and described by Bruce Guimaraens, Director of Taylor's and Fonseca, as \u00e2\u0080\u009cthe definitive book on Port\u00e2\u0080\u009d.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fc2-Gran_Klintberg.jpg"><h2>G\u00c3\u00b6ran Klintberg.jpg<\/h2>G\u00c3\u00b6ran Klintberg has been involved in the Swedish wine 25 years where he has worked as a bartender, sommelier and manager for numerous restaurants. In 2006, he was elected President of the Swedish Sommelier Association and in 2009 became a Wine Buyer for the Swedish off-trade monopoly, Systembolaget, where he is responsible for wines from Argentina and Portugal as well as for sake and Swedish Gl\u00c3\u00b6gg. G\u00c3\u00b6ran holds the WSET Advanced Certificate and is currently studying for his Diploma. When he is not doing something wine-related, G\u00c3\u00b6ran enjoys a secondary career as a singer\/songwriter and has released a number of CDs.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fbd-Ben_Campbell_Johnston.jpg"><h2>Ben Campbell-Johnston.jpg<\/h2>Ben Campbell-Johnston has been in the wine trade for 17 years. After a spate at Oddbins, he worked for two years with the Symingtons in Oporto and the Douro and then as their Brand Manager in the UK. Ben currently works as a freelance consultant, mainly with Portuguese and Fortified Wine producers. He is also the joint-organiser of \u00e2\u0080\u009cThe Big Fortified Tasting\u00e2\u0080\u009d, the biggest tasting of its kind in the world. Ben is also the UK agent for WineStein, a unique software application for intelligent food and wine matching.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fbe-Beverly_Tabbron_MW.jpg"><h2>Beverly Tabbron MW.jpg<\/h2>Beverly Tabbron MW graduated from Kings College London in 1979 with a BA joint honours degree in German and Latin. Since passing her MW in 1996, Beverly has been responsible for purchasing at Hallgarten Druitt, where she looks after its extensive portfolio, a role which involves a great deal of travel around the world visiting existing producers and finding that there is always something new to discover in the world of wine.