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Head of Judging

Christine Parkinson

SWA Head of Judging

Christine Parkinson, Hakkasan’s group wine buyer, is our SWA Head of Judging. She keeps a handle on all of the wines that are put forward by the tasting teams for places on the Gold List.

Team Leaders

Andrea Briccarello

Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer

Galvin la Chapelle

Angela Reddin

Freelance wine consultant

Annette Scarfe MW

Master of Wine and Restaurant Consultant

Annette Scarfe MW was awarded the prestigious Master of Wine (MW) title in 2012, winning the Noval Award for her dissertation on Ribera del Duero. She is an active member of the Education and Events committees of the Institute of Masters of Wine and she consults for international companies on the business of wine. Annette also runs tastings and masterclasses for the media, trade and consumers internationally. She is a WSET and Bordeaux educator and runs courses in Asia.

Christopher Cooper

Wine Buyer/Consultant

Drinkonomics Limited

Christopher Cooper has been a busy man since leaving Soho House and has launched his own consultancy Drinkonomics in the summer of 2014, providing drinks business solutions, wine consulting and creative drinks communication. Putting his vast experience at the Gordon Ramsay Group, Corbin & King and the Soho House Group together, Christopher is delivering clients a fresh approach to drinks; while promoting innovation and creativity to businesses wanting to get more from their beverage department. Cooper says ‘there’s been a lot of interest in businesses considering everything around drinks differently’ and believes he’s ‘providing something that speaks everyone’s language’

Jade Koch

Consultant

Freelance

Jade is a freelance wine adviser specialising in creating seasonal, energised and award-winning lists for restaurants and shops. She has 18 years experience in London working mainly as a Sommelier and wine buyer (from London suppliers, shipping direct and En primeur) before becoming freelance in 2012. Before that she managed restaurants and worked for a year in a professional kitchen with a Michelin starred chef to be able to understand and create great matches between food and wine. She also judges both food and wine competitions.

Laura Rhys MS

Global Ambassador

Gusbourne

Laurent Richet MS

Head Sommelier

Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms

Growing up in the Loire Valley, Laurent attended catering college in Saumur where he passed his Sommelier exams. After finishing these, he went on to work at prestigious hotels including La Reserve de Beaulieu in Beaulieu sur Mer, The Hotel de Paris in Monaco, Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, The Breakers Resort in Florida, Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest and he is now at Restaurant Sat Bains with rooms in Nottingham. During his career, he has had the pleasure of working with incredibly talented and knowledgeable people who have motivated him in wanting to be the best he can be. All his hard work paid off in 2010 when he won the Gastronomy Team of the Year competition and 4 years after starting the Master Sommelier qualification, passed its final level also gaining the Crew Cup. In 2014, Laurent also passed the Sake Sommelier exams.

Lionel Periner

Consultant

Lionel Periner Consulting

Lionel's passion for wine and thirst for knowledge increases year on year. His wine related travels have taken him to France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, the USA and many more. He is equally passionate about his clients' experiences whether it be quality of wine or the service they receive. After working in Michelin starred restaurants in France, he was looking for a new challenge and more open mindedness about wine and found that in the UK. In 2007 he joined Hotel du Vin in Bristol, then moved to a 2 rosette restaurant called Bells Diner after he completed his certified sommelier qualification by the court of Master Sommeliers. He worked with Matthieu Longuere MS at La Trompette (1 Michelin star) in London to increase his knowledge and successfully passed his Advanced Sommelier training. He then moved to the Cotswolds for 4 years as Group Beverage Manager at The Lucky Onion. He then took the position of Head Sommelier at Adams in Birmingham (1 Michelin star). He is currently setting up his business of consulting for professionals and organising some masterclass tastings for private guests. Other awards include: - Winner of Sud de France, Sommelier of the Year 2012 - Winner of Wines of Portugal Sommelier Challenge 2012 - Country Inn Wine List of The year 2014 (Imbibe) The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, Gloucestershire - Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards 2016 shortlisted for Hot Stuff - Harper’s Hot 100 in 2017. N*83

Martin Lam

Consultant

Martin Lam Food & Wine Services

Nigel Lister

Sommelier

Consultant Sommelier

Nigel has worked with some of London's best reaturant's including; Asia de Cuba, Royal Thames Yacht Club, The Ledbury, Bread Street Kitchen, The York & Albany.

Sam Caporn MW

Director

The Mistress of Wine

Sam has been in the wine trade for over 20 years as a buyer, wine development manager and now as the Director of The Mistress of Wine; a freelance wine expert, consultant and communicator. She also became a Master of Wine in 2011, being awarded the Madame Bollinger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Practical Paper.

Sarah Jane Evans MW

Freelance

Freelance

Sarah Jane is an award-winning wine writer and wine judge at competitions worldwide. She is the Co-Chairman at the Decanter World Wine Awards and former Chairman at the Institute of Masters of Wine. She is also a Certified Sherry Educator and member of the Gran Order de Caballeros de Vino. Her special interests are Spain, Sherry and fortified wine.

Simon Woods

Wine Writer, Speaker, Consultant, Publisher

www.simonwoods.com

Simon is a Wine Consultant, Writer, Publisher and Speaker and has won awards for his writing, his website and his can-can dancing. His latest book “101 Wine FAQs” was described by Amelia Singer of ITV’s The Wine Show as “seriously useful and interesting”. His other books include the award-winning “I Don’t Know Much About Wine But I Know What I Like” and “The World’s Shortest Wine Book” which the Independent called “just about the best introduction to wine available”.

Tom Forrest

Consultant

TomFDrinks

Senior Judges

Andre Luis Martins

Head Sommelier / Wine Buyer

Cavalry and Guards Club

Andres Ituarte

Head Sommelier

Coq d'Argent

Carlos Ferreira

Assistant Manager

The Don

Charles Pashby-Taylor

Wine Consultant

Charles drank his first glass of sherry aged 3 so working in wine seemed to be the obvious choice!

Charlie Young

Director

Vinoteca

Charlie is a career restaurant person who fell in love with wine and then opened his first Wine Bar. Since then his chain, Vinoteca, has gone from strength to strength.

Chris Delalonde MS

Beverage Manager

Bleeding Heart Group

Diana Rollan

Director

More than Wines Academy

Diana has been in the wine trade for over 17 years. She started as a sommelier, moving to Wine Buyer and is now the Director of More than Wines Academy; a freelance consultant and Wine and Sake Educator. She is currently setting up her own business involving education and consulting for professionals in London and Spain, after many years working for Hakkasan Ltd as Head of Wine in the UK.

Hamish Anderson

CEO

Tate Catering

Jacopo Mazzeo

Head Sommelier

The Pig Hotel

James Fryer

General Manager

Woodhead 17 ltd

Jonathan Giffrin

Assistant Head Sommelier

Claude Bosi @ Bibendum

Jonathan passed the WSET Level 3 in 1 month and achieved the WSET Diploma in 2016 whilst working at China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel. He is now Assistant Head Sommelier for Claude Bosi @Bibendum Restaurant in Chelsea. The restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars after six months of opening. He works alongside Isabelle Legeron MW, who provides the team with fantastic wine material to play with Claude Bosi's food.

Julien Sahut

Head Sommelier

Sexy Fish

Matthieu Longuère MS

Wine Development Manager

Le Cordon Bleu London

Since moving to England in 1994, Matthieu Longuère MS has worked as Head Sommelier at Lucknam Park near Bath, Hotel du Vin in Bristol and La Trompette in Chiswick. He is currently Le Cordon Bleu’s Wine Development Manager at their school in London, where he has developed and is teaching on their own Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy, and Management. In 2000, Matthieu won the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition Trophée Ruinart. Representing the UK, he reached the semi-final of the Best Sommelier of Europe Competition in 2010. Matthieu became a Master Sommelier in 2005.

Mattia Mazzi

Assistant Head Sommelier

Lutyens Bar & Restaurants

Michael Fiducia

Head Sommelier

Coworth Park, Ascot

Olivier Gasselin

Wine Manager Operations UK

Hakkasan Ltd

Olivier has been in the wine trade since 2001 and is an experienced sommelier, with stints in the UK, Middle-East and Asia. He is now based in London and has been with Hakkasan since 2011. He is a long-standing SWA judge.

Raphael Thierry

Head Sommelier

Street XO

Rebecca Coates

Consultant and Winemaker

Independent/ Urban Foxes Winery

Rebecca's wine career began with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College. Soon after she headed to sunny California to make wine in Sonoma County before returning to London and joining Hakkasan's Wine Buying Team. After 3 years with Hakkasan, Rebecca returned to the winery and is now making wine with a fellow Plumpton alumna under their own label. She continues to judge wine in a number of international competitions and also consults privately advising independent clients.

Robert Mason

Bar Manager / Sommelier

Cheese at Leadenhall

Robert is a Senior Judge for SWA and also judges for IWC. He will be completing his Diploma in Wines and Spirits shortly and is a Wine buyer, Sommelier and Bar Manager at Cheese at Leadenhall. He is a specialist in fortified wines.

Sue Jones

Owner

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Sue bought The Harrow at Little Bedwyn with her husband Roger in December 1998. They created a destination restaurant in the countryside majoring on the finest food, a substantial amount of wines (currently 900) and professional but relaxed service. Sue runs the front of house team at The Harrow and over the last 10 years, has developed and run annually events such as the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge, the Mamba Awards and the World Sparkling Challenge at The Harrow and all over the world.

Yohann Pinol

Head Sommelier

Wiltons

Judges

Adam Michocki

Head Sommelier

Glasshouse

Albert Blaize

Head Sommelier

The Mandrake Hotel

A dedicated and ambitious sommelier with a passion for success, hospitality & wine. Before his current position as Head Sommelier at the Mandrake Hotel, he was Assistant Head Sommelier at The Clove Club. He has worked with a number of chefs including Simon Ulph, Jackson Boxer, Dan Barber & Mina Park to create successful pop-ups. He has over 10 years experience in the industry and wine has always been a focus.

Alex Pitt

Assistant Head Sommelier

Typing Room

Andrea Carozzo

Drinks Consultant

Anno Distillers / The Mount Vineyard

Andrea is currently studying for the WSET Diploma and a Wine Business BA. He also works for Anno Distillers in Marden supporting the marketing and sales activity as well as tours, tastings, shows and events. Additionally, he works for The Mount Vineyard in Shoreham in Kent, where he is in charge of the tours, tastings and the drinks list. He is also an associate judge for IWSC.

Andrea Rossi

Assistant Restaurant Manager

Crafthouse

Andrea worked at a Michelin Star restaurant when he first moved to London. Since then he has completed the WSET Level 3. He is currently working at Crafthouse, a fine dining restaurant in Leeds, where he is in charge of the Wine List.

Andrés Rangel

Sommelier

Sketch

Andrés Rangel is a Sommelier at Sketch by Pierre Gagnaire in London. He has previously worked as Sales Executive for a national Fine Wines distributor in Spain, Vila Viniteca. He is currently studying towards the Level 4 WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits.

Angelo Turi

Wine Tours Executive

Tastes of Italy

Angelo has been a sommelier since 2011 and is an Italian now living in London. He previously worked in a winery, in charge of wine tourism and company tastings for 2 years. He now works for a Tour Operator specialising in wine tours. Italian wines are his speciality and he is currently studying his WSET course.

Antoin UaRuairc

Director / Sommelier

UK Midland Sommelier Ltd

Antoin has been working in a hotel in the South of France for two years after working for 25 years in management. He returned to the UK and qualified with the UK Sommelier Association and with the Association of Italian Sommeliers. He has recently started his company, the UK Midland Sommelier Ltd and The Sommelier UK consultancy working across a range of establishments in the East of England and the Central Midlands.

Arletta Mala

Assistant Head Sommelier

The Glasshouse

Aurel Istrate

Sommelier

The Connaught

Carolina W Seibel

Sommelier

Portland Restaurant

Chantal Serrano

Wine Educator

Freelance Consultant

Charles Carron Brown

Assistant Head Sommelier

L'Enclume

Charles is a Sommelier at L'Enclume, originally from Dorset. He loves wine from the Loire, Rhone and Austria and enjoys discovering new wines, regions and learning.

Christoph Hons

Sommelier

Park Chinois

Christopher Parker

Assistant Head Sommelier

Lime Wood hotel

Christopher has been a practising sommelier for 4 years and regularly competes in the UK Sommelier of the Year competition, reaching the national finals for the last two years. His professional qualifications include the WSET advance and he is currently awaiting the result of his final diploma exam.

Claire Love

Wine Consultant

Loves Consultancy

Having previously owned restaurants for 15 years, Claire now designs wine lists, assists wine buyers and trains front of house teams and Sommeliers in independent restaurants across the Midlands. She has judged for SWA since 2011.

Cosimo Di Totero

Sommelier

Chiltern Firehouse

Cristian Sanchez

Head Sommelier

Caelis Restaurant

Dan Cohen

Director

Cépages Wine Bistro

Daniel Carnio

Senior Sommelier

Hakkasan Group

Daria Ershova

Sommelier

Ten Green Bottles

Daria works as a sommelier in Brighton at popular wine bar, Ten Green Bottles. She has recently been awarded the WSET Diploma qualification and has previously judged for the IWSC Associate Judging Scheme.

Dario Barbato

Wine Buyer

Individual Restaurants

David McGlinchey

Head Sommelier

Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa

Davide Dall'Amico

Sommelier

Royal Automobile Club

Debbie Warner

Owner/ Sommelier

Wild Wine Club

Debbie Warner is Owner and Sommelier of Wild Wine Club, an events company taking wine out of the restaurant and into the wilds of Cornwall. She is a WSET Diploma graduate and particularly passionate about Italian wines.

Diego Carballido

Sommelier

Roka Mayfair

Diego is a Sommelier at Roka Mayfair. He has previously worked at Coya in London, STK and many other restaurants internationally.

Domenico Doronzo

Sommelier

Azzurro Restaurant

Domenico is a sommelier at Azzurro. He has the WSET level 3 and is currently studying for the diploma and wine business at Plumpton college.

Dominik Baranek

Sommelier

Hotel Savoy

Dominique Raclin

General Manager

Loire Velo Nature

Dominique Raclin spent more than 9 years as the General Manager at 'Dans le Noir' in London, where he organised the first wine-auction, tastings and other events involving wine in total darkness. He then relocated to the Loire Valley as the General Manager of 'Loire Velo Nature', where he organises discovery tours, networking events and the sale of wine of the Val de Loire. He was at the first edition of SWA and has never missed one since!

Edgaras Kazokaitis

Assistant Head Sommelier

Roka Aldwych

Elisa Soggia

Sommelier

Kai Mayfair

Elizabeth Gatti

Sommelier

Serge et le Phoque at the Mandrake

Erik Simonics

Head Sommelier

La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons, Ten Trinity Square

Euan McColm

Sommelier

Beaverbrook

Moving to Surrey from Scotland has been a great move for Euan McColm. After learning the trade at The Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow, he has now taken residence as Sommelier at Beaverbrook, this year's most exciting new hotel opening, and is enjoying the more temperate climate. Currently studying for Diploma at WSET and chasing passion for all food and beverages, Euan is the perfect match for the Sommelier Wine Awards panel.

Eva Krenkova

Sommelier

Restaurant Sat Bains

Eva is currently working as a Sommelier at Restaurant Sat Bains. She previously spent 12 years working behind the bar at top cocktail bars in Prague, Sydney and London.

Fernando Teixeira

Head Sommelier

Social Wine and Tapas

Frances Bentley

Drinks Buyer

JW Lees

Francisco Macedo

General Manager

Bovey Castle

Frederic Billet

Deputy Hotel Manager

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa

Frederic is a 5 star Resort Deputy Hotel Manager with extensive experience in luxury hotels, fine dining and casual restaurants. He started his career as a sommelier over 20 years ago at the Conrad Hotel in London. Some decades ago he was born during the grape harvest somewhere in South Burgundy. This is where it all started!

Gabriel Liotta

Deputy Head Sommelier

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Gabriele Galuppo

Head Sommelier

Theo Randall c/o Intercontinental Park Lane

Gaetano De simone

Sommelier

Fiume Restaurant

Gennaro Carafa

Wine & Spirits Specialist

Hedonism Wines

Gennaro has been working in the wine trade for 5 years in London and previously in Milan in luxury hotels. He began his career in London as a Commis Sommelier at Sketch by Pierre Garnier, and then became a sommelier for the D&D London group. He is currently at Hedonism Wines fine wine and spirits boutique.

Geoffray Bénat

Director

Cépages Wine Bistro

Giuseppe Longobardi

Business Manager and Wine Buyer

The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons and Edgbaston

Giuseppe Mundula

Assistant Manager

Gables Restaurant

Guillaume Mahaut

Wine Buyer

ETM Group

Harry Crowther

Freelance Consultant

Grape Times UK

Ian Howard

General Manager

The White Hart Inn, Lydgate

Ian is the head sommelier and general manager of The White Hart at Lydgate (voted as one of The to 50 best food pubs in Britain). He has worked alongside wine companies to create an AA recommended wine list composing of 100's of wines from "house wines" to extremely exclusive Bordeaux's. This is Ian's 3rd year judging at for the Sommelier Wine Awards.

James Franklin

Wine Buyer

Fenwick

Jan Konetzki

Director of Wine

Ten Trinity Square /Hotel /Private Club

In the course of training as a baker, bartender and waiter Jan hit upon his great and enduring passion for wine and fine cuisine. He also discovered the rare talent for the art of the sommelier, a talent soon to be spotted by some of the greatest restaurateurs of our time. Jan then started his career in several Michelin star restaurants, quickly culminating in the position as head sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Today he is celebrated as one of the world's most inspiring and exceptional sommeliers.

Janusz Pawel Sasiadek

Sommelier

Bottles & Battles

Janusz is a member of the Italian Association of Sommeliers, Sommelier Professionista. He is currently working as a Sommelier at Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano in London.

Javier Alonso Cardoso

Junior Sommelier

Hakkasan

Javier Azcona

Head Sommelier

winewiththedoc

Javier was Sommelier at d´Arte Lounge & Bar from 2013-2014. He studied at Saint George University in Seville, Spain in 2014. After completing this, he was Head Sommelier & Cellar Manager at SOLLO Restaurant from 2014-2017. He was a finalist in the VILAVINITECA wine competition in 2015 and completed his WSET Level 3 in 2016. He is now studying for the WSET Diploma Level 4 whilst being part of the Tasting Group in Malaga with Jonas Tofterup Dip WSET and is a MW RP student.

Jonathan Kleeman

Head Sommelier

Four Degree Restaurant

Jose Luis Hernandez

Head Sommelier

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Jose Luis was born in Yecla in Spain and moved to the UK in 2005 where he studied for a degree in Hospitality at Plymouth University and it was there where he became very passionate about wines. He is currently Head Sommelier for the Hakkasan Group.

Joseph Lunn

On-trade Consultant Sommelier

Suave Wine

With a background in the hospitality industry, and a degree in Oenology, Joseph helps people make the right wine choices for their business.

Julio Iglesias

Sommelier

Freelance

Julio works in fine dining establishments and has a real passion for tasting wines and analysing them to recognise the best qualities of each, determining the potential market of a certain brand, grape or producer.

Jurijs Nemkovs

Sommelier

Hakkasan Mayfair

Jurijs is a Public Relations graduate who began his hospitality career whilst studying at university. He is originally from Russia but has worked both sides of the Atlantic, settling in London 15 years ago. He has worked with a number of different cuisines including French, Caucasus, Indian & Chinese. He studied wine at WSET and the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently working as a sommelier at Hakkasan Mayfair.

Kenny Chan

Sommelier

Yauatcha

Kevin Dupont

Senior Sommelier

Yauatcha City

Kevin is a Senior Sommelier and has been working in London for 2 years at Yauatcha City (Hakkasan Group). During that time, he has been working closely with Head Sommelier Kelvin McCabe, Olivier Gasselin, Diana Rollan and Christine Parkinson. Kevin has previously judged the Concours Amphore in Paris, which is a competition for organic and biodymanic wines.

Laura Blanchett

Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer

ROKA

Laurent Chaniac

Wine Consultant

Cinnamon Club

Lazaros Engonopoulos

Assistant Head Sommelier

Coq d'Argent

Leonie Loudon

Sommelier / Wine Guide

Mediterroenean - Wines of the Mediterranean

Working in wine tourism for Arblaster & Clarke since 2009 as tour manager then wine guide, Leonie lived in Naples for seven years and qualified as an AIS Sommelier in 2014. She works freelance as a consultant Sommelier, hosts at tasting events, both trade and public, and runs small-group private tours.

Linh Ziolkowska

Junior Sommelier

Hakkasan

Lukasz Walkowiak

Assistant Head Sommelier

Aqua Shard

Manuel Ribeiro

Sommelier

The Bybrook restaurant at The Manor House Hotel

Born in Porto Portugal, Manuel began his career in hospitality in 2000 and quickly discovered his passion for wine. He studied his first sommelier course at Porto’s Hospitality School in 2004 and the next level in 2013. He then moved to the UK and completed his WSET Level 3 in 2016. He has worked at Moonfleet Manor, Bovey Castle, Thornbury Castle and is currently at The Manor House Hotel.

Marek Rakowski

Head Sommelier

Harbour Heights Hotel

Marek has worked in the wine industry for many years, most of those in sales for the larger fine wine importers in Poland. For the last couple of years he has worked in the UK as a sommelier in Dorset. He is based at Harbour Heights in Sandbanks and is a member of the Polish Sommelier Association.

Maria Finocchiaro

Sommelier

Hakkasan

Maria has been a Sommelier since 2014 and graduated in Catania in May 2016. She has been working in London as a sommelier since July 2016 in fine dining environments. Her experience in Italy includes time spent as Service Manager of the A.I.S. (Italian Sommelier Association) where she was also Assistant Course Director. She also worked at Gambino Winery in Linguaglossa where she was Assistant Front of House Manager and Sommelier, leading wine tastings.

Mario Tomekovic

Head Sommelier

Smiths of Smithfield

Mario is a sommelier with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. Pursuing his true passion for wine meant moving to London. After gathering priceless experience in one of London’s best wine bars, The 10 Cases, he fully embraced the exciting challenge as the Head Sommelier in Smiths of Smithfield. His love affair with wine, which started as a hobby, turned into a real passion, and finally a truly fulfilling profession. He strongly believes in the terroir where the honesty of the winemaker and the nature itself can be perfectly shown in every single wine. The provenance is the inspiration that guides him as a Sommelier.

Mark Thornhill

Landlord

The King's Head

Markus Dilger

Owner

Dilger Sommelier Selection

Marshall Bass

Head Sommelier

Ubiquitous Chip

Martin Kleveta

Sommelier

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Masahito Suzuki

Head Sommelier

The Social Company

Mateusz Filipczuk

Sommelier

Aqua Shard

Mathew Simmonds

Head Sommelier

Paul Kitching 21212 Restaurant, Edinburgh

Mathew has been Head Sommelier at the Michelin starred 21212 Restaurant for 2 and a half years. Before that he was Sommelier and Assistant General Manager at the Michelin starred Yorke Arms near Harrogate in Yorkshire for a year and a half. He has previously worked at the Holbeck Ghyll country house hotel in the Lake District. He completed his WSET Level 2 and 3 in 2012.

Matteo Cali

Sommelier

Benares Restaurant and Bar

Matteo Furlan

Deputy Head Sommelier

The Ritz

Matteo Furlan is deputy head sommelier at the Ritz in London. He has been working as sommelier for the past 6 years and is currently studying for his WSET Diploma.

Mattia Scarpazza

Head Sommelier

Petersham Nurseries

Melania Bellesini

Head Sommelier

The Fat Duck

Melody Wong

Assistant Head Sommelier

Ten Trinity Square Private Club

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Melody has worked in Switzerland, Scotland and is now based in London. She was the winner of the New Zealand Winegrowers scholarship in the UK in 2017.

Michael Harrison

Owner & Sommelier

Cuvée 8, Surrey

Michael is a very experienced international wine judge and Sommelier. He has been a sommelier at various restaurants and four of the Hotel du Vin venues. He is also a wine buyer and consultant to a number of top restaurants.

Michael Moore

Managing Diretcor

Moore Show Cuisine and The London Cookhouse

Michael has been an acclaimed chef and restaurateur for 30 years. Trained in the classical school and then developing his signature global cuisine, Michael has been the recipient of many awards internationally during his career. Michael has great expertise in pairing wine with food and this has been a significant feature in the many restaurants he has managed or owned. Michael has big ambitions that match his creative skills, and his large personality match the excellence of his food.

Mike Best

Business Development Manager

WSET

Mike works with the hospitality industry, helping them to get the right training. He holds the WSET Diploma, WSET certified Wine Educator and stage 2 master of wine student. Through his active day-to-day work with the on-trade he is up to speed with the search for quality, as well as fair priced wines that offer value.

Mikolaj Harmider

Sommelier

Adam's Restaurant

Mikolaj's adventure with wine started 3 years ago. Before he started working as a sommelier, he studied the WSET Level 2 and Introductory CMS. After passing his exams, he started as a commis sommelier in Hotel du Vin Cambridge and from there moved to London to work with Laure Patry and her team at Social Wine and Tapas. He has also worked at Jason Atherton's other restaurant Pollen Street Social. Since then he has left London to become a sommelier at Adam's Restaurant. He has also since passed WSET level 3 and is a Certified Sommelier with CMS.

Nelio Pinto

Sommelier

Candlesticks

Oliver Nagy

Sommelier

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Ozen Kadem

Sommelier

Salieri Restaurant

Paola Giraldo

Junior Sommelier

Hakkasan

Petri Pentikainen

Head Sommelier & Restaurant Manager

Three Chimneys Restaurant

Petri has the WSET Level 4 Diploma and has previous judging experience from the IWSC, where he was an associate judge in 2016. He participated in the UK Sommelier of the Year competition in 2016 coming 9th in the London final.

Pierre Brunelli

Wine and Beverage Manager

L'Enclume

Piers Gibson-Birch

Junior Assistant Manager

Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel

Rémi Cousin

Head Sommelier

Le Gavroche

Richard Cavagin-Carey

Head Sommelier

The Harwood Arms

Richard is currently Head Sommelier at one Michelin starred London pub, The Harwood Arms. Previous positions as Sommelier include working under Laure Party at Social Wine & Tapas, and as General Manager and Sommelier at natural wine bar, Victualler, in London. Prior to this, he worked in consumer wine in Toronto, Canada. He is a certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and WSET Advanced qualified.

Rita Kardos

Sommelier

Gauthier Soho

Robert Giorgione

Sommelier

Park House Restaurant, Wine Bar & Private Rooms

Rodion Prodan

Assistant Head Sommelier

Hutong

Rodion is the assistant head sommelier at Hutong Restaurant in The Shard and is currently studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

Sahar Gharai

Owner/Wine Buyer

La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge (California)

Sahar has owned and operated La Dolce, a wine Lounge in California, for the past 10 years. She has been in the wine industry since 2002 and has recently completed her WSET Level 3 in London and her French Wine Scholar certification in Bordeaux.

Sarah Guiganrd

Proprietor

The French Table

Simon Cassina

Founder

Winexponent Ltd

Simon Cassina is an Italian wine professional based in London. He is an associate member of the British Sommelier Foundation and WSET certified educator in Milan. His freelance work includes various roles as brand ambassador for Moscato di Scanzo and Franciacorta DOCG, waiting work at the Decanter World Wine Awards and IWC, buyer and marketer for Domus Cella/Mondial wine and business developer for Lombardy Taste and Wine. It has been working at the Dorcester Hotel and D&D group in the position of sommelier. He has also worked for the Gruppo Riondo Veneto in Italy as an export agent UK. Cassina has been a wine judge at IWSC, Mundus Vini, Sommelier Wine Awards, and an associated judge for IWC and other international wine competitions.

Simone Fadda

Head Sommelier

Roka Aldwych

Stefano Barbarino

Assistant Head Sommelier

Chez Bruce Restaurant

Sumita Sarma

Owner

Sumilier

Sumita has a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from WSET and 7 years of experience in the wine trade working across Hong Kong, India and now based out of UK and Europe. She is an international Wine Judge, Wine communicator and journalist. She provides private tutorials and tastings in wines, especially food and wine matching for Asian cuisines.

Tamas Nemeth

Head Sommelier

Babel`s House

Tatiana Mann

Director

The Vine Eno Gastropub

Tatiana Mann (Pahkmutova) is UK based Russian wine professional, committee member CWW, hold Diploma WSET along with degrees in both Chemical technology and Psychology. Master of Wine Student. Apprentice experience in Chateau Margaux (France) and Selfridges (London). My work experience include consulting for London restaurants (Burger and Lobster) I am the owner of Eno Gastro Pub The Vine (Essex, UK) which was as a finalist for the best drink offer in pub category by Harper's Magazine last year.

Tim Haslam

Wine & Drinks Educator

Vino Veritas Hospitality Media

Tim is a WSET Diploma holder, Educator for Essex & East London Wine Schools and former Drinks Buyer for a 250 cover Essex restaurant. He is also a former Account Manager, former Wholesale and on-trade wine specialist.

Timothy Connor

Sommelier

Core by Clare Smyth

Valentin Radosav

Head Sommelier

Gymkhana Restaurant

Valentin is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a WSET Diploma Graduate, winner of Sud de France Sommelier Competition in 2016, winner of Bellavita Best UK Sommelier 2017, part of winning team at the Chile Wine Bar War in 2015 at Imbibe Live. Valentin's past experience includes working at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London for two years, one year at Burj Al Arab in Dubai and one year at Purnell's Restaurant in Birmingham.

Victor Amaro

Head Sommelier

Hotel du Vin

How is SWA judged?

To find out more about how the Sommelier Wine Awards is judged and who makes up our judging panels, follow the links below.

How the judging works
SWA 2017 Judges directory
SWA 2016 judges directory
SWA 2015 judges directory