<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff1-John_Livingstone_Learmonth.jpg"><h2>John Livingstone-Learmonth.jpg<\/h2>John Livingstone-Learmonth has dedicated most of his life to writing and talking about the wines of the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne, since he first visited the region in 1973. He has published four books on the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne, including The Wines of the Northern Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne, which won the Louis Roederer International Book Prize in 2006, and was commended in the Andr\u00c3\u00a9 Simon Awards. He is a principal contributor to the book Gigondas, Its Wines, Its Land Its People, published in English and French in late 2011 by Bottin Gourmand. John is an honorary citizen of the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne village of Ch\u00c3\u00a2teauneuf-du-Pape and, in 2006, was made a Chevalier de l\u00e2\u0080\u0099Ordre du M\u00c3\u00a9rite Agricole. John is a close follower of the Turf, having been the Daily Telegraph Racing Hero of the Year 2000. He runs his own website www.drinkrhone.com. John describes the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne as running through his veins.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff7-Nick_Clarke_MW.jpg"><h2>Nick Clarke MW.jpg<\/h2>Nick Clarke MW joined Hedges & Butler in 1960 rising successfully to the position of Wine Buyer for Bass Charrington. He passed his Master of Wine exams in 1971 and in 1978 joined Henry C Collison, where he became Managing Director in 1981. He then moved to O W Loeb as a Director where he specialised in wine from Alsace among other regions. He currently sources new agencies for Dreyfus Ashby & Co.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff8-Stephane_Soret.jpg"><h2>Stephane Soret.jpg<\/h2>St\u00c3\u00a9phane Soret graduated with a Sommelier Diploma in N\u00c3\u00aemes and moved to London in 1989 for his first Sommelier position at Ma Cuisine before heading to Paris, starting at Ledoyen and working his way upwards in hospitality while obtaining a hotel management degree at CMH-Paris, European Center of International Hotel Management. In 1994 Stephane moved to the US, working for hotels including the Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco, where he won The Wine Spectator\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Best Award of Excellence for their wine list in 2000. After being involved with the launch of Napa Valley\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine.com and working at Vigneron Imports, he headed back to Paris for a Sommelier role at Michelin-starred Le Cinq (George V) and managed the Cellar of the Quai d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Orsay for the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2005 saw Stephane's return to London as Head Sommelier for Mosimann\u00e2\u0080\u0099s and since then he has been working in the Middle and Far East, and is currently Wine Director at Raffles in Singapore.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff9-Tim_Johnston.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\/000002ff3-Jonathan_Kinns.jpg"><h2>Jonathan Kinns.jpg<\/h2>Jonathan Kinns has been in the wine trade for over 30 years, having developed an interest in wine whilst doing temporary jobs at Harveys of Bristol and a Mayfair restaurant. Following a degree in Philosophy at Bristol and studies in Art History and Contemporary Dance at the Courtauld Institute and the Laban Centre respectively, Jonathan won the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne Prize during his studies for the WSET Diploma. After a long period with Michael Druitt Wines in buying and sales roles, Jonathan has run his own agency and importing business, Winegrowers Direct, for the past 15 years, which sells wines from all regions of France, with an emphasis on the Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne and Burgundy, and from Spain.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff4-Katie_Exton.jpg"><h2>Katie Exton.jpg<\/h2>Katie began her wine career in 2005 helping out Peter Hall at English winery Breaky Bottom. She then spent six months working in wineries in Canada and Australia. On her return to the UK in 2006, Katie joined Majestic Wine, before taking the trainee sommelier position at Chez Bruce in 2007 under the stewardship of fellow Decanter judge Terry Threlfall. After a six month stint at Mayfair's The Square restaurant, Katie returned to Chez Bruce in March 2010 as Head Sommelier where she currently works.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff5-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\/000002ff6-Mark_Williamson.jpg"><h2>Mark Williamson.jpg<\/h2>Mark Williamson owns Willi\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Bar in Paris (which celebrated its 30th birthday in October 2010) and the next door restaurant Mac\u00c3\u00a9o. His wine preference is for Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne, but he is also involved with Evening Land Vineyards which produces wine in Burgundy and Oregon. He has recently opened B.CasaMi, a holiday retreat in the Tramontana mountains of Mallorca, Spain.<\/table><\/p><img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fee-Ben_Llewelyn.jpg"><h2>Ben Llewelyn.jpg<\/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. He set up Carte Blanche Wines, a wholesale wine agency and importer which focuses on up-and-coming winemaking stars, in 2008, and purchased independent retailer Caviste in 2011.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fef-Christian_Honorez.jpg"><h2>Christian Honorez.jpg<\/h2>Christian Honorez is the founder and director of H2Vin and has more than 25 years\u00e2\u0080\u0099 experience of bringing quality wines to top restaurants and hotels in the UK through his prior positions with Genesis Wines, H&H Bancroft and H&H Fine Wines. H2Vin is a wine importer that aims to provide the UK marketplace with a range of wines sourced from predominantly small producers.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002ff0-Jamie_Hutchinson.jpg"><h2>Jamie Hutchinson.jpg<\/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 and The Sampler in South Kensington 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\/2012\/05\/000002ff2-John_Switzer.jpg"><h2>John Switzer.jpg<\/h2>John Switzer has been in the wine industry since 2000. His agency, Winesights, specialises in small-producer wines from the southern Rh\u00c3\u00b4ne. He is a WSET Certified Educator and is a frequent speaker at wine shows in the Toronto area. Since 2005, he has distributed a limited-circulation, bi-weekly newsletter, the Winesights Vintages Newsletter, and he also writes for a magazine in Toronto and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.