<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058f9-MontyWaldin_justinetrickett_5520.jpg"><h2>Monty Waldin DWWA 2013 Regional Chair<\/h2>Monty Waldin became the first wine writer to specialize in green issues in the mid-1990\u00e2\u0080\u0099s and his first book, <em>The Organic Wine Guide<\/em>, was published in 1999 and voted Britain\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Guide of the Year. At the time, Monty was developing a biodiversity project for a Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in California and has drawn on his winemaking experiences in Chile for subsequent writings. He is the author of other award-winning books including <em>Biodynamic Wines<\/em> and <em>Wines of South America<\/em> as well as being filmed in 2007 for Britain\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Channel 4 documentary, Ch\u00c3\u00a2teau Monty, on biodynamic winemaking in Roussillon in France. In addition, Monty has contributed to radio, newspapers and wine, travel and environmental publications. He frequently visits Tuscany where his Italian partner and their son live, and advises on biodynamics to farms, vineyards, gardens and olive groves across the globe.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005906-PaoloBasso_justinetrickett_5338.jpg"><h2>Paolo Basso DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Swiss-Italian Paolo Basso started his wine career as a Sommelier in Switzerland, followed by gaining professional experience with a leading Swiss-based fine and rare wines trader, where he focused on the wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux. At present, Paulo runs his own wine consultancy company, Ceresio Vini and is a familiar name on the sommelier competition circuit. He has won many awards, including Best Sommelier of Switzerland 1997 and Best Sommelier of Europe 2010. In addition, Paolo has also been the runner-up in the World\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Best Sommelier competition three times - in 2000, 2007 and 2010. In March this year, Paolo won the title of Best Sommelier of the World 2013.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058df-LuigiBuonanno_justinetrickett_5531.jpg"><h2>Luigi Buonanno DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Luigi Buonanno has worked in the catering industry since the age of 15. In Rome in his native Italy, Luigi had the opportunity to opportunity to work in fine dining restaurants, where he discovered the role of Sommelier, and took the Sommelier Diploma immediately after gradduating from university. Following this, he did a Masters in Sensorial Analysis, considered to be the highest sommelier degree achievable in Italy. In 2007 Luigi moved to London, where he worked for Prism Restaurant before moving to Caravaggio, where he re-wrote Caravaggio\u00e2\u0080\u0099s wine list, and subsequently the lists for the eight other restaurants in the Etrusca Group. Luigi was then promoted to Group Sommelier and Wine Buyer, and since 2011 he has been collaborating with Daniele Cernilli on doctorwine.it, where he writes reviews about mainly non-Italian wines available in the UK.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058e2-MadelineStenwrethMW_justinetrickett_5352.jpg"><h2>Madeline Stenwreth MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Madeleine Stenwreth MW is based in Sweden and consults globally to high profile wine producers as well as leading importing companies across the Nordic market. Her focus is on product development, blending, quality and style strategy in relation to the requirements of specific target markets. She is also an appreciated coach and mentor for brand and product managers, a WSET Diploma lecturer, and a speaker at international seminars. In 2008 Madeleine became an MW and received the Quinta do Noval Award for her dissertation \u00e2\u0080\u009cThe effect of altitude on Malbec in Mendoza". Prior to setting up her consultancy, Madeleine worked as Quality & Product Development Manager for Nordic wine importer, Prime Wine Group, as Wine Buyer for Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol retailing monopoly, as Marketing Manager for Wines of South Africa, and in various managerial F&B roles for 5-star Relais & Ch\u00c3\u00a2teaux.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058f1-MattWalls_justinetrickett_5217.jpg"><h2>Matt Walls DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Matt Walls is a freelance wine writer and regularly contributes to publications such as <em>Decanter<\/em>, <a href="http:\/\/www.timatkin.com" target="_blank">timatkin.com<\/a>, <em>Harpers Wine & Spirit<\/em> and <em>Imbibe<\/em>. His first book, <em>Drink Me! How to choose, taste and enjoy wine<\/em>, was published in 2012 by Quadrille, and in the same year he was shortlisted for IWSC\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Blogger of the Year for <a href="http:\/\/www.mattwalls.co.uk" target="_blank">mattwalls.co.uk<\/a>. Previously, Matt was Fine Wines Manager at Mentzendorff and also set up, managed and bought wines for the flagship store of The Sampler. When he\u00e2\u0080\u0099s not writing, Matt creates wine lists for restaurants such as The Table in London Bridge, hosts tastings, and judges at the IWC and IWSC.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2014\/06\/000005865-AndreaBriccarello_justinetrickett_5535.jpg"><h2><\/h2><img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005881-Bruno_Besa_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2728.jpg"><h2>Bruno Besa DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Originally from Friuli, Bruno Besa has been living in London since 1986. After almost 20 years working in hotels and restaurants, he founded Astrum Wine Cellars in 2001, along with long term friends and former colleagues Max Folli and Stefano Benato from Stafano Cavallini Restaurant at the Halkin hotel in Belgravia. Bruno is currently Managing Director of the company, representing around 50 wineries and distilleries from Italy and Central Europe.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005890-DanieleCernilli_justinetrickett_5635.jpg"><h2>Daniele Cernilli DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Daniele Cernilli was born in Rome and graduated with a Masters in Philosophy. In 1979 he began his career in the wine trade at Vini & Liquori, a monthly magazine, before going on to co-found what would become the annual <em>Gambero Rosso Vini d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Italia<\/em> in 1987. Daniele has held various editorial positions, including Editor-at-Large of <em>Gambero Rosso<\/em> magazine and <em>Wine Travel Food<\/em>, and in 1988 he was named Editor-in-Chief of <em>Vini d\u00e2\u0080\u0099Italia<\/em> (also published in English as Italian Wines), where he directed the tastings of wines entered from all over Italy \u00e2\u0080\u0093 from 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 and the Worldwide Sommelier Association, and is currently working on his own Italian & English web magazine, <a href="http:\/\/www.DoctorWine.it" target="_blank">DoctorWine.it<\/a>.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/000005920-SebastianBredalMW_justinetrickett_5597.jpg"><h2>Sebastian Bredal MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Sebastian Bredal MW originally worked in Information Techology, after gaining a Master\u00e2\u0080\u0099s degree in Information Science at the university in Oslo, Norway. In 2003, after discovering an interest in wine, he moved to France to study Marketing in Fontainebleau, during which time he also achieved his WSET Diploma. Returning to Norway one year later, Sebastian worked for a wine importer and commenced both sommelier and MW studies, being awarded his Master of Wine qualification in 2010. In 2009 Sebastian founded Symposium Wines, a wine importing company working with Norway\u00e2\u0080\u0099s monopoly outlets, as well as the on-trade, and which represents wide range of wine styles and brands, including mature Bordeaux.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058f4-Michael_Garner_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2720.jpg"><h2>Michael Garner DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Michael Garner has worked in the wine business for more than 30 years and has specialised in Italian wine for nearly 25 years. He is the co-author of <em>Barolo: Tar and Roses<\/em>, is a regular contributor to <em>Decanter<\/em> and has taught for the WSET. He lives in rural Devon with his family and two large Briard dogs.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000587c-BenRobson_justinetrickett_5587.jpg"><h2>Ben Robson DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Ben Robson has always worked in the wine trade. In 1994 he opted for self-employment when he established Bat and Bottle, which he still owns. Through this company Ben imports wines from artisan Italian estates, as well as more intermittently from France, Spain and Portugal. Ben is an occasional WSET educator, a regular visitor to Italy and has not missed a Vinitaly since 1996.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/00000587e-BeverlyBlanningMW_justinetrickett_5956.jpg"><h2>Beverly Blanning MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Beverley Blanning MW is a London-based independent wine journalist and the author of <em>Wine Tasting<\/em> and <em>Biodynamics in Wine<\/em>. A feature writer and taster for <em>Decanter<\/em>, she also contributes to other publications around the world and has judged at numerous wine competitions. Beverly is also a presenter and educator for corporate, consumer and trade events, including the Christie's Wine Course, and she became a Master of Wine in 2001.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058db-LindaJothamMW_justinetrickett_5960.jpg"><h2>Linda Jotham MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>A wine educator and cellar consultant to consumers and the trade, Linda Jotham MW became a Master of Wine in 2001, winning the prestigious Bollinger Tasting Medal and the Tim Derouet Memorial Award for the most outstanding performance in the exams. Her trade experience includes Marketing at Mentzendorff, judging at the <em>Decanter<\/em> and IWSC competitions, and she is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Wine Research. In addition to working with the wine trade, Linda is also a qualified English lawyer, and is a Senior Lecturer in Law at London's City University, as well as Programme Director of City University's Legal Practice Course.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058ae-GoranKlintberg_justinetrickett_5811.jpg"><h2>Goran Klintberg DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>G\u00c3\u00b6ran Klintberg has been involved in the Swedish wine industry for 26 years, with roles including: 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. 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\/2013\/05\/0000058c8-JoAhearneMW_justinetrickett_5417.jpg"><h2>Jo Ahearne MW DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Jo Ahearne MW first worked in the wine trade in the early 1990s at Oddbins, and after two years she went to Australia to work a vintage for Charles Melton, with his Nine Popes and Rose of Virginia wines. While in the Barossa Valley, she decided to sell her house and belongings and enrol in a winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, whilst also working at Pipers Brook, Bailey's of Glenrowan, Leasingham and Tintara wineries. Following this, Jo worked as a flying winemaker in Spain and France, was Assistant Winemaker as at Charles Melton, spent four years making Jacob\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Creek, and spent time in Fitou in the Languedoc. In 2004, Jo moved back to the UK to blend wines for Marks & Spencer, before a stint as Wine and Spirits Buyer for Harrods. She now works as a winemaking consultant.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2013\/05\/0000058de-Luciana_Lynch_dwwa2012_JTrickett_2627.jpg"><h2>Luciana Lynch DWWA 2013 Judge<\/h2>Luciana Lynch held senior positions at companies including Hedges & Butler, Findlater Matta, Remy Associ\u00c3\u00a9s and Enotria before setting up her own business and consultancy in the late 1980s. Her entire career has seen her engage in selling and sourcing wines, especially from Italy, although she has also been involved in wine education. She is now retired, after a wine career spanning 35 years.