The Judges

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) brings together many of the most important people in the wine world.

Introducing the Co-Chairs

Dive into the International Wine Challenge (IWC) world, where over 500 judges from 40+ countries shape an unparalleled judging experience. Our expert panel, with diverse backgrounds, transcends specific expertise, setting IWC apart. Master sommeliers, acclaimed buyers, and influencers contribute unique layers to elevate your experience. What they get to judge is totally random. They just have to assess the wine on its own merits, with no pricing or producer information provided. 

Get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of this year's IWC judging as our six distinguished Co-Chairs, leaders in their respective fields, take charge of the judging process. Tim Atkin MW, Sam Caporn MW, Oz Clarke, Dr. Jamie Goode, Peter McCombie MW, and Helen McGinn meticulously taste each and every wine that has been entered into the competition.

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Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin MW

Tim is a British wine writer with an international following, with more than 30 awards to his name, including the 2015 Louis Roederer Wine Feature Writer of the Year and the 2014 Fortnum & Mason On-Line Drinks Writer of the Year. In 2012, he was selected as one of the ten most influential people in the world of wine by Wine Intelligence.

He writes for Gourmet Traveller Wine, Decanter, Imbibe, The Drinks Business, Woman and Home, The World of Fine Wine, Robb Report, Jamie Magazine and his own website, www.timatkin.com, where he publishes authoritative annual reports on Bordeaux, Burgundy, South Africa, Argentina and Rioja. Tim is also one of the Three Wine Men with Oz Clarke and Olly Smith, whose mission is promote better wine. 

Tim is respected for his forensic, unsnobbish palate and judges wine all over the world. He passed the Master of Wine exam at the first attempt in 2001, winning the Robert Mondavi Award for the best set of theory papers, and holds a BA in French from Durham University and an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics.

Sam Caporn MW

Sam Caporn MW

Sam Caporn has been in the wine industry for over 20 years and runs her own wine consultancy business; The Mistress of Wine which she set up in 2012. Prior to that she travelled extensively around the world blending and buying wines whilst working for Accolade Wines and Direct Wines. At the latter she was responsible for Australia, New Zealand, the Loire, Champagne and Central and Eastern Europe. Four years as Tastings Co-ordinator at Wine Magazine preceded those roles and was arguably one of the very best jobs to have whilst studying for the Master of Wine exams. Sam went on to pass both parts of the examination (both practical and theory) first time and in a career highlight was awarded the 2011 Madame Bollinger Foundation Award for Excellence in Tasting which is awarded to the individual who achieves the highest marks in the rigorous Master of Wine blind tasting papers.

Oz Clarke

Oz Clarke

Oz is one of the world's leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His numerous award-winning books include Pocket Wine Guide, 250 Best Wines, Bordeaux and Let me tell you about wine. Oz's third BBC TV series with 'Top Gear' co-presenter James May was 'Oz and James Drink to Britain'. For this series and the accompanying book Oz and James were awarded the International Wine Challenge Personality of the Year Award. Oz has since filmed two series with comic Hugh Dennis and there is more ongoing television with James May. In 2010 Oz became an Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole for services to French agriculture.

Dr Jamie Goode

Dr Jamie Goode

Jamie obtained a PhD in plant biology and worked as a science editor before deciding that his passions lay with wine. He authors www.wineanorak.com, is the weekly columnist for the Sunday Express and writes for several magazines. In 2006 he won a Glenfiddich award for his first book, Wine science (Mitchell Beazeley), and in 2007 he won a second Glenfiddich award, this time as Wine Writer of the Year. Jamie is currently working on a book titled Natural wine, with Sam Harrop MW.

Peter McCombie MW

Peter McCombie MW

Peter's career in wine started in sales working with legendary Winecellars that champion Italian wines. He now operates an independent wine consultancy service, focused on hotels and restaurants.

Born and raised in New Zealand, now resident in London, he speaks widely, hosting corporate and public events as well as industry seminars. He teaches at the Christie's Wine Course and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, as well as conducting bespoke courses for anyone from beginners to MW students. He writes for a number of publications and has judged wine competitions around the world.

Helen McGinn

Helen McGinn

Helen is the author of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, an award-winning wine blog and best-selling wine book. She spent almost a decade sourcing wines around the world as a wine buyer for Tesco, then spent the next half-decade pregnant. Married with three children, she writes a weekly drinks column for the Daily Mail’s Femail magazine and has been the resident wine expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Her latest book, Teetotal Tipples, was published in December 2016 and her third book is due out in the Autumn. Awards include Fortnum & Mason’s Online Drink Writer of the Year and Red Magazine’s Best Blogger. 

Panel Chairs

The Panel Chairs role is crucial - they control the individual tasting panels to ensure that the quality, potential and typicity of every wine is fairly, professionally and consistently assessed. The Panel Chairs are in attendance for the full 10 days of judging and like the Co-Chairs, are the IWC's core group of tasters.

Nick Adams MW

Nick Adams MW

Nick has been in the wine trade for 30 years and passed the Master of Wine exam in 1992. He grew up in good old W&A Gilbey wholesale (then part of IDV UK) before moving onto the pioneering Geoffrey Roberts agency house, the forerunner for New World wines in the UK. He has spent equal time working in both the On and Off trade channels and now runs his own company First Glass Wine Services, working closely with both the Independent and On Trades and with Corporate and Private clients.

Christine Austin

Christine Austin

Christine is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving to wine writing.

She writes for The Yorkshire Post, Dales Life and organises the York Festival of Food and Drink. She has won both the Lanson and the Roederer prizes for wine writing.

Clive Barlow MW

Clive Barlow MW

Clive has been in the wine trade for over 20 years. He began working for Safeways in the late 1980's subsequently moving onto Peter Dominics and Wine Rack and establishing his own wine sales and consultancy business. He passed the MW in 1999 and he is currently Chair of the IMW's Education Committee.

Winnie Bowman

Winnie Bowman

Dr Winnie Bowman is a physiotherapist, biomedical scientist and a Cape Wine Master. She is an international wine and spirit judge and panel chair. Winnie writes about wine, teaches, presents corporate tastings and appears regularly on radio and television wine shows. People, wine travel, opera, theatre, reading and art are her passions. She is the Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux en Afrique du Sud, a member of the Education Committe of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters, the Honorary secretary of the Circle of Wine Writers, as well as a member of the Association of Wine Educators.

Anne Burchett

Anne Burchett

Anne Burchett is a wine marketing and communications specialist and a lecturer on the business of wine. She has worked in the wine trade for nearly thirty years.
Her latest role before setting up her own business was MD of Sopexa UK, an agency for international marketing, promotions, press and public relations specialising in food and wine.
She also held a number of General Management, Sales and Marketing positions for various French wine producers, namely, Chantovent, Skalli, Vinival, Grands Chais de France and Castel UK and for Waverley Vintners.
She graduated from European Business School in 1985 with a Master degree in Marketing and passed her WSET Diploma in 1999. She was awarded a Special Recognition Award for services to French wines by Harpers Wine and Spirit in 2014.
French born, Anne Burchett has now lived and worked in the UK for longer than she has lived in France.

Christy Canterbury MW

Christy Canterbury MW

Christy Canterbury is a journalist, public speaker and judge based in Manhattan. Upon becoming a Master of Wine, she received the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Performance in the Viticulture Examination. Christy’s articles have been published in Wine Enthusiast, Food Arts, Sommelier Journal, Beverage Media, TASTED and on Snooth, TimAtkin.com and several other blogs, including her own. Christy is the Consulting Editor of the recently released book, Rock & Vine, and the Italy Editor for the Professional Wine Reference. Her 2012 public speaking appearances included the European Wine Bloggers’ Conference, the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium and TEXSOM. Prior to going independent, Christy was the Global Beverage Director for Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. In retail, she sourced wines from within and outside Italy for Italian Wine Merchants.

Brendan Heath

Brendan Heath

Brendan is a Graduate of Charles Sturt University, where he studied winemaking and viticulture. He has been successfully making a diverse range of table wine styles for over twenty years, as well he is a blender and custodian of some of the oldest and richest fortified wine stocks in Australia. He is a passionate wine educator and regularly judges wines throughout Australia.

Ulrich Hoffmann

Ulrich Hoffmann

Ulrich is a winemaker with over 20 years of experience. After an apprenticeship as winemaker and studying oenology in Germany he worked for premium wineries in Spain, France, Napa Valley, Italy and the UK. He has been judging wines internationally for almost as many years.

Ulrich lives in Sussex. He runs Hoffmann & Rathbone, a boutique winery producing fine English Sparkling Wines and also international winemaking consultancy Vivid Wines servicing clients in the UK, Italy and the Lebanon.

Susan Hulme MW

Susan Hulme MW

Susan Hulme became a Master of Wine in 2005. She was awarded the 2005 Bollinger Tasting Medal, an award not given every year, for the best tasting papers in the Master of Wine exam. She set up her company Vintuition Ltd in 2000 to run courses for both the general public and trade. She is a former Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators and is the current editor of their newsletter.

Anne Krebiehl MW

Anne Krebiehl MW

German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer and lecturer. She is the contributing editor for Austria and England for the US Wine Enthusiast and also publishes widely in trade and consumer wine publications. She lectures, consults, translates wine-related texts and judges at international wine competitions. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2010 and was admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine in September 2014. Anne has helped to harvest and make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. More info on www.anneinvino.com

Elizabeth Kelly MW

Elizabeth Kelly MW

Elizabeth has worked in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. She is currently the buying manager for Majestic wines with responsibility for Burgundy, Italy, South Africa and Fine Wine. She is also a certified educator for WSET and is deputy chair of WineGB's sustainability scheme - SWGB. Elizabeth became a Master of Wine in 2020.

Richard Kershaw MW

Richard Kershaw MW

Born and raised in the UK, Richard travelled extensively before settling in South Africa in 1999 to make wine full time. He established Richard Kershaw Wines in January 2012 to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines in the Elgin Valley, the country's coolest wine region, choosing to focus on apposite noble grapes (ones with the ability to produce world-class examples) and now has a stable of award-winning, much in demand wines including Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir and Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnay and Syrah. One of only 10 Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines and South Africa's only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard is much in demand when not in the vineyard or cellar. A wine show judge for many prestigious competitions around the globe, he is also part of the educational panel for the Institute of Masters of Wine, lectures for the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in South Africa, and shares the breadth of his knowledge with students and consumers via talks, tastings and blogs.

Martin Moran MW

Martin Moran MW

Martin has been involved with wine since 1982 and over the years has worked in almost every facet including the on trade, retail, wholesale, buying, teaching, marketing, wine making, writing and broadcasting. He passed the Master of Wine exam in 1994 and has been short listed for a Glenfiddich award as well as the World Food Media Awards 'Best Drinks Writer'. He's judged at major competitions in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

Angela Mount

Angela Mount

Angela Mount is a wine writer, presenter and consultant, who was previously head of wine buying for Somerfield supermarkets, where her taste buds were famously insured for £10million. She set up her own business, Angela Mount Associates Ltd, seven years ago; Angela works with a number of major wine producers throughout the world, helping them develop their Uk strategy and wine styles. she is the wine writer for several consumer publications, and is a regular contributor to Harpers Wine & Spirit . She has been judging at the International Wine Challenge for many years. She also consults on a number of restaurant wine lists and is chair judge for both the Bristol and the Bath Good Food Awards.

Ewan Murray

Ewan Murray

After having trained as a linguist and musician, Ewan spent a prolonged period of globe-trotting firstly as an English teacher, then a ski-bum, then an export sales manager. Following a Damascene encounter with a bottle of Amarone della Valpolicella, Ewan came to the wine trade in 1999, joining the London on-trade team at Percy Fox & Co. He then became marketing manager looking after, among other brands, Pommery and Babich, firstly at Fox and then at Justerini & Brooks. He finally found out what he wanted to be when he grew up in 2004 when he joined the Tastings & Events team at leading UK wine merchant The Wine Society, allowing him to develop close relationships with some of the world’s most renowned wine producers. After a 10-year stint as The Wine Society’s PR Manager, Ewan returned to the Tastings & Events team in 2023.

Ken Ohashi

Ken Ohashi MW

Kenichi (Ken) Ohashi MW is a leading Japanese wine and Sake distributor in Tokyo with accolades from the industry. Awarded Best Wine Merchant 1999 by Japan Sommelier Association he has shown his intricate knowledge of the subject both at home and abroad. He is author of "Natural Wine" and is the online wine columnist of Japan's top wine publication 'Wine Report'. He holds a Diploma from WSET in London and He is a Master of Wine and was also awarded the Personality of the Year 2016 by the IWC. He has also been certified as a Master of Sake (SSI) and Sake Expert Assessor (NRIB). In addition, he has started exporting his selection of Sake and Japanese wines to the world market.

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW

Martin R. Reyes MW

A first-generation American, Martin has held influential roles in many sectors of the wine industry since 2002: wine director, importer, educator, international judge, award-winning winemaker, resilience activist, and writer. His wine story began with an over-indulgent Parisian dinner as a Stanford undergrad; soon after he was stocking shelves at his local wine shop. In 2011, Martin became the principal buyer for national wine club programs including The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Williams-Sonoma-Wine, and was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Forty under Forty Tastemakers in 2015. After working harvest at Solomon Undhof in 2016, he took over production for Sonoma-based Peter Paul Wines, a role he continues to this day.

In 2018, Martin became the first Master of Wine of Mexican descent and founded Reyes Wine Group LLC, a multidisciplinary wine consultancy with a growing specialization in climate action. That same year, he launched Reyes Selections, a small East Coast portfolio culled from his years as an international buyer. In 2020, Martin co-founded Wine Unify, an organization that increases and empowers the presence of underrepresented communities in wine through education funding and mentorship. Martin’s work has been featured in JancisRobinson.com, American Association of Wine Economists, and Napa Valley Viticultural Society’s Annual Journal. During his spare time, Martin teaches WSET courses, judges at various international competitions, attempts to become fluent in a fifth language, and unfortunately for his family and dinner guests, has become an avid purveyor of dad humor.

Treve Ring

Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, judge and speaker, and perpetual traveller. She is based on Vancouver Island, Canada, though is most often found on a plane or in a vineyard.

After completing her Art History degree with Distinction from the University of Victoria and being exposed to the world of wine business at Christie’s in London, England, she switched gears, leaving the realm of art for the world of wine. She is a certified sommelier, WSET diploma holder, Wine Scholar Guild instructor, and Sherry instructor, and has been presenting on wine internationally since co-founding Cru Consultancy, a boutique wine education and consultation company, in 2012.

Treve began writing professionally in 2001. Her work has been published in World of Fine Wine, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Wine & Spirits, Sommelier Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, WineAlign, The Alchemist, Quench Magazine, Vitis, Lonely Planet Travel, and others. In addition to her role as Correspondent Anorak at WineAnorak, she is the executive editor and senior critic at Gismondi on Wine. Previously she was the longtime wine editor for EAT Magazine, editor at large for Scout Magazine, and SIP Northwest Magazine, as well as the National Managing Editor for WineAlign. 

She tastes thousands of wines each year, and is an established wine judge in Canada, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United States. Though her travels take her all over the wine world, Treve has spent the last few years concentrating and researching sparkling wine globally, with a focus on Champagne.

Annette Scarfe MW

Annette Scarfe MW

Annette Scarfe started in wine by importing from small French domaines while holding down a career as a banker. Her job eventually took her to Singapore where she decided to leave banking and focus on wine. She has since developed a reputation in wine education and consulting for both the on- and off-trade. She has also consulted for restaurants including Sake No Hana, Cha Cha Moon and Princi. Annette is a regular on magazine tasting panels, and is also a WSET-certified educator as well as a Bordeaux Educator, and prefers to work with her clients' wine personnel to deliver bespoke training or support.

Victoria Sharples

Victoria Sharples

Victoria ‘fell into’ the wine industry some 20 years ago. She made the decision to embrace a change in her career direction, cutting her teeth at leading wine importers Bibendum Wine in the early ‘00s in their PR and Marketing team. Her journey since then has been eclectic and diverse; at the coalface of buying, producing and selling. Victoria’s skills were recognised being accepted into the Master of Wine programme (there are only 400 MWs worldwide). During this time Victoria has developed a broad and deep understanding across the industry. As a wine entrepreneur, she established her own wine importing businesses in the UK and then Australia. Between these, her experience is peppered with skills acquired from brand ambassador, brand management, buying, sommelier, retail, educator and judging positions. Upon her return to London she developed a niche - blending wines to a style and price, as Head of Wine Operations at St JOHN, the Michelin-starred London restaurant group with its own winery in Minervois, France. Victoria has provided mentorship for The Drinks’ Trust Mentoring Programme and regularly participates in various masterclasses and forums to the trade. She curates wine lists for small independent businesses including Rochelle Canteen and Turner & George and continues with her on-going wine competition judging commitments (including Panel Chair – International Wine Challenge, International Wine & Spirit Competition, Sud de France Top 100) and in late 2021 Victoria launched her project Swains Wine Bar & Store, located opposite Hampstead Heath – a long-time ambition to bring the best of Melbourne wine bars and restaurants to London.

Madeleine Stenwreth MW

Madeleine Stenwreth MW

Madeleine Stenwreth is a Master of Wine and international wine consultant based in Sweden with experience in nearly every aspect of the wine business. Prior to setting up her consultancy in 2010 she worked as quality and product development manager for a leading Nordic wine importing group, as wine buyer at the Swedish alcohol retailing monopoly (Systembolaget), as marketing manager for Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and as head sommelier and restaurant manager at 5-star Relais & Chateaux. In 2008 she received the Quinta do Noval Award for her MW dissertation, ‘The effect of altitude on Malbec in Mendoza’.

Madeleine consults globally to high-profile wine producers on product development, inspires and challenges winemakers on blending and quality and style strategy and also acts as a competence-boosting coach for trade professionals. She is a speaker at seminars, holds masterclasses and lectures at various educational institutes for sommeliers and WSET Diploma students, and is a frequent international guest judge in wine competitions all over the world.

Matthew Stubbs MW

Matthew Stubbs MW

Matthew embarked on a career in wine after deciding it was too difficult to cut it as a professional jazz musician. A stint as Agency Wine Director for Seagram UK was followed by the post as Head of Wine for Safeway. He qualified as a Master of Wine in 1996 winning the Bollinger Award for tasting and Listel award for best vinification paper. In 2003 he moved to the Languedoc to start a consultancy business and in 2008 set up Vinécole, a wine school based near Carcassonne. He lives in the less "wild" part of the Corbières.

Cathy Van Zyl MW

Cathy Van Zyl MW

South Africa's only resident Master of Wine, Cathy is a regular judge for the Trophy Wine Show, occasional panellist for several other local competitions and, increasingly, overseas. Co-founder of Grape, she contributes to international magazines and websites, and lectures for the Cape Wine Academy on Tasting and World of Wine Theory. She is currently a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine's education committee responsible for organising its seminar for second-year students in Bordeaux.

Joe Wadsack

Joe Wadsack

Joe won the coveted International Wine and Spirit Communicator of the Year award 2005. He studied wine making in Bordeaux and has since worked as a buyer and consultant for a number of leading supermarket chains. Joe's knowledge and experience culminated in him becoming the youngest ever International Senior Judge at The Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

Simon Woods

Simon Woods

Since swapping a career as an electronics design engineer for a more enjoyable one in wine communication, Simon has been editor of the Which? Wine Guide, a columnist for the FT and author of a number of books, including the award-winning 'I don't know much about wine but I know what I like.' His unstuffy, entertaining style also means he is much in demand as a speaker for a wide variety of wine events.

John Worontschak

John Worontschak

John began his winemaking career at Petaluma winery in the late 70's whilst reading Geology at Adelaide University. Embarking on a winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University he was awarded the Ron Potter Scholarship in 1982. Whilst running Four Corners Consultancy throughout the 80s ad 90s he made own label wines from Peru to Romania and many places in between and was acclaimed for improving the quality of English Wine. Currently director of Litmus Wines Ltd, focusing on English wines, contract winemaking and wine sales www.litmuswines.com ; and Worontschak Wine Services Ltd, a wine business consultation service currently working in Russia, Mexico, Israel, China and the UK www.worontschak.com.

Clem Yates MW

Clem Yates MW

Clem's career in the wine industry really began when she used her chemistry degree to study Oenology as a post graduate at Roseworthy University in Australia. It was here that she developed a real passion for the process of creating and developing wines.

Clem currently holds the role of Sourcing and Supply Director at Off-Piste Wines, who are a supplier to the UK retailers.  As well as winemaking and buying she is responsible for the quality, safety and legality of all their wines. She tries to use her knowledge and experience to protect quality from the process of picking the grapes right through to when a customer opens a bottle.

Prior to joining Off-Piste, Clem was responsible for all the own label Beers,Wines and Spirits at Sainsbury’s, where she developed the “House” range of wines and re-established the Taste the difference level from around the world. She has also previously worked for Tesco in-house. She started winemaking as a flying winemaker covering vintages in both the North and Southern hemispheres including Australia, California, Chile, France and Italy.

Senior Judges

Senior Judges are the elite of the Challenge's tasting corps. These are individuals with great palates and considerable experience. They are Masters of Wine, winemakers, senior wine buyers or specialist wine writers. Used to tasting large numbers of wines within their daily work, they have a thorough knowledge of a broad range of wines.

Tony Allen, Mimi Avery, David Baldwin, Will Bartholomew, Mike Best MW, Beans Boughton MW, Andy Brown, Neil Bruce, Allan Cheesman, Marie Cheong-Thong, Laura Clay, David Cox, Emma Dalton, Dawn Davies, Martin Day, Annede Berard, Maureen Downey, Nick Dumergue, Tom Forrest, Vivienne Franks, Rosemary George MW, Anita Jackson, Higgo Jacobs, Laura Jewell MW,, Belinda Kleinig, Robin Langton, Phoebe Le Messurier, Paul Letheren, Claire Love, Andre Luis Martins, Kate McFruin, Graham Nash, Nick Oakley, Will Parker, Laure Patry, Jonathan Pedley MW, Phil Poulter, Matt Pym, Noel Reid, Anastasia Roncoletta, Victoria Sharples, Jenny, NicoleSmith, Emma Symington MW, Siobhan Turner, Will Willis, Duncan Wilson

Judges

Experienced tasters from all around the world, in all areas of the wine industry, give up their time to taste at the International Wine Challenge, joining at the associate judge level. They can be promoted to judges on the basis of performance reports.

Etienne Akar,Hannah Aldgate, Hope Alexander, Victor Amaro, Nicolas Angelina, Fabio Angius, Alice Archer, Siobhan Astbury, Murray Barlow, Lauren Benjamin, Sarah Benson, Mike Bentley, George Biswas, Camilla Bowler, Nick Brierley, Dominic Buckwell, Milan Budinski, Nigel Bulpitt, Marta Carbonell, Mina Carlin, Micky Chan, Ben Chan, Henri Chapon MS, Kenn Ching,
James Clark, Rebecca Coates, Alessandro Comitini, Roger Conen, Mike Dean, Geoffrey Dean, Alan Derr, Matthew Dicks, Markus A.Dilger, Alison Dillon, Rob Dixon, Achim Doerr,
Esther Duley, Sue Eames, Andrea Eby, Matthieu Elzinga, Linda Field, Federico Firino, James Flewellen, Charlie Foley, Nicky Forrest, Johann Fourie, Heike Funke, Lotte Karolina Gabrovits, Sahar Gharai, Chiara Giorleo, Elcio Giusti, Chris Goldman, Richard Goodacre, Trevor Gulliver, Clare Hanson, Simon Hardy, Alex Haruni, Pippa Hayward, Hsi-Chen (David)Hsiao, Alex Hurley, Mark Innes, Christos Ioannou, Sarah Jefford, Julia Jenkins, Paul Johnson, Anne Jones, Ákos Kamocsay, Eliza Pinta Kauce, Gary Keller, Stephen Kennard, Jonathan Kleeman, Atsuko Kobayashi Radcliffe, Orsolya Kováts, Mabel Lai, Benny, Sing Leung Lee, Stephanie Lee, Elsa Lejeune, Tom Lethaby, Mariarita Liberati, Thomas Ling, Sarah Long, Aaron Mandel, Robert Mason, Rie Matsuki, Thiago Mendes, Sophie Menegain, David Miranda, Rebecca Mitchell, Diogo Moreira, Rebecca Murphy, Lynn Murray, Yegas Naidoo, Roman Neborskiy, Lilla O'Connor, Lindsay Oram, Maria Laura Ortiz, Nelson Pari, Neeta Patel, Mark Payne, Nelio Pinto, Ricardo Pinto Nunes, Fleur Pushack, Christopher Racey, Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, Emma Roberts, Lisa Rogerson, Maria Scala, Chris Scott, Matthew Scowen, Pippa Sedgwick, Daniela Shelton, Claire Sheppard, George Shields, Martin Shillitoe, Toby Sigouin, Ruma Singh, Chris Skyrme, Jamie Smith, Katrina Smith, Chris Stroud, Kate Sweet, Orsi Szentkiralyi, Caroline Tanner, Simon Taylor, Debbie Templeton, Jon Therkleson, Sue Tolson, Leo Tsang, Mehmet Emin Turkat, Marek Urbanski, Pip Vanham, Elizabeth Watkins, Kate Webber, Jonathan Wright, Laura Young

Associate Judges

To be a judge you have to be an experienced taster as well as a good team player. Judges are nominated by the co-chairmen; associate judges can be promoted to judges on the basis of their performance.

Julie Albin, Atsuko Aoyama, Ivo Assanelli, Helena Baker, André Barbosa, Luiz Batistello, Emma Baumann, Giulia Benini, Iker Berasaluce, Suzanne Boswell, Vito Bowen, Richie Brady, Natasha Bresliska, Fran Bridgewater, Matt Brown, Samuele Calistri, Maximilian Cardoso, Denman Chun ManChan, Eugenio Ciccarelli, Anne Cox, Alison Curwood Gore, James Dainty, Sergide Lamo, Mustafa Kaan Dogan, Clive Donaldson, Enrico Donati, Lorenzo Dongarrà, Domenico Doronzo, Janina Doyle, Heidi Duminy, Christopher Eliott Lockhart, Victor Hugo Elso, Sarah Everden, Patrizia Fizzotti, Rebecca Fraser, Billy Fung, Andrew Gadd, Linda Galloway, Frederic Gardelle, Emanuela Gianfreda, Dia Grigoriou, Chris Groenewald, Pawel Gruntowski, Yumiko Hara, Stephanie Hennion, Will Hill, Katia Iontcheva, John Jaswilowicz, Jaewon Jeong, Lona Jones, Zdenek Karafiat, Cihan Keskin, Richard Kilian, Wyman Kok, Minobu Kondo, Katerina Kostovska, Samuel Kozlowski, Richard Lane, Kent Leung, Pedro Lopes, Maria Lopez Repiso, Hazel Macrae, Nimmi Malhotra, Tiago Marques, Alexandra Mawson, Gustavo Medina, Cristina Mercuri, Jack Merrylees, Luma Monteiro, Cristiano Morini, Jeremy Mount, Daniela Mura, Anna Nonciaux, João Miguel Oliveira, Sean Ou, Beatriz Pascual, Diana Pavelescu, David Peacock, Debbie Peel, Monica Perseval-Blanco, Emanuel Pesqueira, Ozbej Peterle, Christian Peters, Victoria Provan, Sovna Puri, João Ramos, Patricia Riber, Miguel Rodríguez, Marien Rodriguez Lopez de la Calle, Rui Santil, Andrea Schmidt, Carolina Seibel, Chantal Serrano, Harshal Shah, Zhuyun Sun, Laurie Swan, AubreyTerrazas, Henry Thorogood, Jonathan Tiffany, Yin Chi, Bowie Tsang, Toshio Ueno, Lizzie Walker, Nicky Walter, Brenda Webber, Dan Whine, Tina Xie, Akihiko Yamamoto, Vasylysa Yilmaz, Kateryna Yushchenko, Lian Zhang

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