Jöelle Marti, judge on the DWWA New Zealand panel in 2010
Jöelle Marti was born in the south of France, and decided very early on that she anted to work in the food and wine industry. She studied ‘gastronomy and wine’ for five years and went to work for a two-Michelin-starred restaurant near Lyon. Following her experience at La Poularde, working for one of the most talented sommeliers in the World, Eric Beaumard, she came to the UK in 1993. After a spell as a sommelier in Australia, in 1996, she moved back to the UK and became head sommelier at Le Pont de la Tour working for Sir Terence Conran. She stayed there until she was approached to join the opening team at The Great Eastern Hotel. During her eight years at the GEH as wine manager, she collected many awards for best wine list (Aurora in 2000), and best Champagne List (Trophé Celebris in 2005) and joined several wine competitions as a judge. (Chilean Wine Award, Veritas wine competition (South Africa), the Clare wine annual competition (Australia). She now shares her time between Champagne Henriot as a brand ambassador and some consultancy work, helping restaurateurs to build wine list and establishing relationships between her clients and wine suppliers.