Judges

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Team Leaders

Andre Luis Martins

Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer

The Cavalry and Guards Club

Andre is currently the Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer at The Cavalry and Guards Club. Handling the selection of beverages and the catering for 3,000 members is no mean feat. Andre has worked for the last 13 years in the exclusive and luxury world of London Private Members' Clubs. He was born and raised in the north of Portugal, with a wine affinity that stems from his grandparents who have produced wine for many years, and also his father's rich and well-trained palate.

Andres Ituarte

Group Head Sommelier

Tamarind Collection

Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Andres has worked in the food and beverage industry since he was 19 years old. Andres has worked in almost every facet of the wine world. In 2009, he became a certified sommelier and moved to London where he worked as head sommelier at Coq d’Argent in the City for a number of years. He is now group head sommelier for Tamarind Collection.

Angela Reddin

Consultant

Freelance

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.

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, enabling her to understand and create great matches between food and wine. She also judges both food and wine competitions.

James Fryer

General Manager

Woodhead 17 ltd

Jan Konetzki

Director of Wine

Ten Trinity Square /Hotel /Private Club

Jan is the head sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and is celebrated as one of the world's most inspiring and exceptional sommeliers. In the course of training as a baker, bartender and waiter Jan found 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 – which was the catalyst of his career, Jan has worked in several Michelin star restaurants.

Laura Rhys MS

Consultant

Laurent Richet MS

Head Sommelier

Restaurant Fitzgerald - Rotterdam

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 Réserve de Beaulieu in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco, Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, The Breakers Resort in Florida, Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest, Restaurant Sat Bains with rooms and now Restaurant Fitzgerald in Rotterdam. 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

After taking the position of Head Sommelier at Michelin star, Adams in Birmingham, Lionel set up his own business, consulting for professionals and organising masterclass tastings for private guests. 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 the 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 Longuère 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. 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

Martin is a consultant on wine and food related matters, following 45 years of experience as a former chef and restaurateur. In 2014 Martin won the Imbibe Industry Legend award. Martin is also a wine judge for the Decanter World Wine Awards, as well as an academician-mentor of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and a fellow of The Riesling Fellowship.

Matthieu Longuère MS

Wine Development Manager

Le Cordon Bleu London

Since moving to England in 1994, Matthieu 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.

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 of the Decanter World Wine Awards and a former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She is also a Certified Sherry Educator and Vice-Chairman of the Gran Order de Caballeros de Vino.

Tom Forrest

Consultant

TomFDrinks

Senior Judges

Adam Michocki

Manager & Head Sommelier

The Man Behind The Curtain

Anja Breit

Independent Sommelier

abWINEconsulting

An independent sommelier with more than 10 years of experience in the London wine trade, Anja has worked for Gordon Ramsay (Maze), Zuma as well as the Ledbury restaurant where she was head sommelier from 2012-2015. Anja is a certified WSET educator and trains restaurant teams. She also consults on wine lists for restaurants, hosts private dinners and wine tastings. Anja holds the WSET Diploma as well as the Court of Master Sommelier Advanced certificate and is currently studying for her Master Sommelier Diploma.

Chris Delalonde MS

Head of Wines

The Dorchester

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 and is currently studying at the Institute of Masters of Wine.

Diana Rollan

Group Head of Beverage

D&D

Diana has been in the wine trade for over 18 years. Working previously as wine buyer at Hakkasan Group, she has recently joined D&D as group head of beverage.

Emanuel Pesqueira

Food and Beverage Operations Manager

Edwardian Hotels London

Emanuel is an experienced food and beverage manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. He is skilled in wine, catering, the hospitality industry, event management and beverage and menu costing. He is a strong operations professional and has experience working in cruise liners, hotels and private members’ clubs.

Guillaume Mahaut

Wine Buyer

ETM Group

Harry Crowther

Freelance Consultant

Grape Times UK

Immacolata Cannavo

Head Sommelier

Hakkasan Mayfair

Immacolata is an experienced head sommelier with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Skilled in catering, menu engineering, restaurant management, food & beverage and new restaurant openings. She is a strong operations professional certified Court Master Sommelier and obtained WSET level 3 Sake as well as being a WSET educator.

Mattia Mazzi

Restaurant Manager & Sommelier

Cornerstone

Mattia is currently the sommelier at the River Café, as well as studying towards his Master Sommelier advanced exam. Mattia started his wine journey many years ago in Australia. His ambition took him to London, where he successfully ran the opening and operations of some fantastic venues, mostly fine-dining establishments. Mattia turned his focus on the world of wine, and after a stint a Vinoteca he aimed to polish his skills by working towards the renowned Master Sommelier title.

Michael Fiducia

Club Head Sommelier

The Royal Automobile Club

To say I have been round the block, is probably an understatement... I started my Sommelier career in 2007 as a commis, I have worked for some amazing Michelin Starred restaurants and I returned to where I consider myself at home, the Royal Automobile Club as the Club Head Sommelier. I return for my third year as a Senior judge with SWA.

Nigel Lister

Sommelier

St. Swithins Wine Shippers

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

Olivier Gasselin

Director of Trade

OenoTrade

Olivier has been in the wine trade since 2001 and is an experienced sommelier, with stints in the UK, the Middle-East and Asia. He is now based in London and has been with Oenotrade since April 2019. He is a long-standing SWA judge and has been Senior Judge for the last 3 years.

Olivier Marie

Consultant

Freelance

Raphael Thierry

Wine Consultant

Self Employed

Rémi Cousin

Head Sommelier

Le Gavroche

Rémi is currently the head sommelier at Michel Roux Jr’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche. Prior to this Rémi worked for 8 years as assistant sommelier at Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, The Fat Duck. Rémi won the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs UK young sommelier award in 2011 and holds the title of Advanced Sommelier from The Court of Master Sommeliers. From a very young age Rémi always thought he wanted to become a chef. However, after a short spell in the kitchen of the George V in Paris, he took a different route and went onto join Le Meurice as trainee sommelier where he tasted for the first time a Château d'Yquem 1988. It was then that Rémi knew he had found his career path! Rémi moved to the UK in 2004 where he started working at the Hotel du Vin in York and in Bristol.

Romain de Courcy

Bar Manager

The Ritz Paris

Romain is the beverage manager at Gazelle in Mayfair where he carefully curates a progressive drinks list and spends most of his time talking to guests, sharing his taste for the finer things in life. After business studies in France, the UK and the USA Romain started what promised to be a successful career in luxury fashion. On the side he regularly hosted cocktail parties for a select few friends and what began as a hobby quickly became his true calling. Two years ago he took a leap of faith and started over as a bartender for The Drink Factory, one of the most highly-regarded companies in the industry. On this new path Romain discovered a passion for hospitality and exceptional 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 (most recently 900) and professional but relaxed service. Sue ran the front of house team at The Harrow and over the last 10 years, developed and run annual events such as the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge, the Mamba Awards and the World Sparkling Challenge at The Harrow and all over the world. The restaurant shut in March 2020 to allow Sue to pursue other challenges, but food and wine remain very close to her heart.

Tanguy Martin

Wine Director

Blandford Comptoir, Cabotte, Greenwich Kitchen

Tanguy joined the London scene around 3 years ago and is now managing the wine department for 4 separate outlets in Liverpool Street, a challenging and exciting position. Tanguy started studying winemaking and wine growing from the young age of 16. He has been lucky to have worked beside Gérard Basset MW OBE for several years.

Valentin Radosav

Head Sommelier

Gymkhana Restaurant London

Valentin is the current head sommelier at Gymkhana Restaurant London. 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. He 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.

Judges

Agostinho Leite

Deputy General Manager

Bistrot Pierre @ The Royal William Yard

Alonso Abed

Sommelier

Trivet

Alonso's career in wine started when he worked in Napa for a year where he was able to taste the latest vintages and compare the different producers, there he also was able to obtain the WSET level 3 and Court of Masters Certified level. In 2018, Alonso studied at the Basque Culinary Center, doing a masters degree in sommelier service, wine history and tourism, and finished working in Akelarre (3 Michelin Stars), where he was able to taste and compare the latest trends of Spanish wine.

Antoin UaRuairc

Director / Sommelier

UK Midland Sommelier Ltd

Ant has a thriving consultancy business advising clients on wines and wine choices and staff training across the east of England and the Midlands. He runs sommelier training courses across the central UK region, as well as being a contributor for a variety of online publications, in the UK and Zambia. He worked in hotels in the Pyrenees and returned to the UK where he qualified with the UK Sommelier Association and Association of Italian Sommeliers.

Arturo Scamardella

Deputy Head Sommelier

The Ritz London

Arturo is currently the senior sommelier at The Ritz. Before joining The Ritz Arturo worked at the Mandarin Oriental, Hakkasan Group and the Caprice Holding.

Aurore Anguenot

Sommelier

Aviary

Bianca Potenza

Sommelier

212 Amsterdam

Carolina W Seibel

Sommelier

Comptoir Cafe and Wine

Charlie Carter

Head Sommelier

L' Atelier Du Vin

Charlie is currently the head sommelier at L'Atelier du Vin in Brighton. He has six years of experience in the hospitality sector. He is also studying towards his WSET Diploma and a wine business BA at Plumpton.

Charlie Cockaday

Head Sommelier

Gravetye Manor

Charlie is currently the head sommelier at the Michelin-starred hotel restaurant Gravetye Manor, where he is in charge of the wine program.

Charlotte Davies

Head Sommelier

The Three Chimneys Restaurant with Rooms

Charlotte is the head sommelier at The Three Chimneys Restaurant with Rooms. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge of great food and wine. Starting off as a kitchen porter almost a decade ago has led to a dedicated career in hospitality, reaching her career dreams of becoming a head sommelier, standing side by side with head chef and husband Scott Davies.

Chiara Sieni

Wine Sales representative

MM Grocery

Chiara currently works at MM Grocery where her focus is on bio-dynamic and organic wines. She gained a distinction in her WSET level 2 and 3, and recently graduated with honours in French and Italian Wine Masterclass at the West London Wine School. Whilst studying she worked as a sommelier in busy restaurants. She started at Petrus in 2014 and moved to Bibendum Restaurant in 2015. From there she worked in Henley on Thames at Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse.

Cinthia Lozano

Marketing Manager & Sommelier

The Winery Honduras

Cinthia is currently the marketing manager and sommelier at The Winery Honduras. She qualified at the Certified Sommelier Court of Master Sommeliers Americas and Sommelier Accolade Wines.

Daniel Eriksen

Head of Bars

Anglian Country Inns Ltd

Daniel is head of bars and drinks buyer for Anglian Country Inns. They are a growing family-owned pub company with 9 sites across Hertfordshire & Norfolk.

Dario Barbato

Wine Buyer

Individual Restaurants

Dario is currently head sommelier and wine buyer for Individual Restaurants Company, Ridgefield House in Manchester. He has a diverse background in the hospitality industry, built on a broad foundation of over 15 years. His experience across the globe includes event catering, bars and restaurants, hotels, music venues, pop-ups, and private functions throughout Italy, Bermuda, London, and cruise ships.

Dave Cushley

Sommelier

Prestonfield House

Deniz Bayram

Sales Manager

Novel Wines

Deniz is a professionally trained chef and a wine specialist. He runs Tastevin, a food & beverage consultancy and wine events company based in Bristol. He is also an active content creator in the wine sector and the host of the podcast show "Joy of Champagne". Deniz is a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and he holds the Advanced Certificate from the WSET.

Diego Carballido

Sommelier

Bar Boulud - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Diego is the assistant head sommelier in Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park . Throughout his career he has gained a comprehensive range of experience in the world of wine in London as well as internationally.

Elena Serban

Head Sommelier

Heritage Restaurant

Elisa Soggia

Sommelier

Trivet

Erik Simonics

Head of Wine

Annabel’s

Filippo Pastorini

Consultant

Freelance

Filippo is head of wine and sake at Sushisamba and Duck and waffle in London. Born in Florence, Filippo grew up surrounded by grapevines, that entering the wine world felt so natural. A passion that made him travel the world and meet lots of great people to share a bottle with.

Gaetano Giangaspero

Business Development Manager

C&C

Gaetano is the head sommelier at Jason Atherton’s City Social in London. His journey into hospitality started after completing his diploma, when he moved to Veneto. His initial encounter with wine was in 2008 when he had his first fine-dining experience. In 2012 he became part of the cruises sommelier team at Oceania. In 2013 he moved to London where he was afforded the unique opportunity to discover wines from around the world and transfer his passion into wine lists that offer classics and diversity at the same time.

Gary Newborough

Director

The Aristologist

Gary is a writer, broadcaster and former restaurateur. He is how seeking out great wine, great food and great restaurants to shout about. Gary is also a wine and food service consultant.

Gastón Adolfo

Assistant Head Sommelier

Margot Restaurant

Gastón is the assistant head sommelier at Margot Restaurant. He was born in Buenos Aires and raised in Chianti.

Giancarlo Cuccuru

Restaurant manager

The Ned

Giancarlo is currently the restaurant manager at Cecconi's in the Ned Hotel. He caught the hospitality bug from his parents, working in their restaurant from an early age and fell in love with wine after his first sip of Amarone. He has travelled the world, spending time working in Canada, Australia and all over Europe. When he came back to London he worked for Marcus Wareing as head sommelier.

Gianluca Provenzani

Sommelier

Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Hamish Greening

Sommelier

Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers

Hamish had the fortune to grow up on an organic and biodynamic vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand. After working several vintages, his love for wine began to permeate every aspect of day to day life. He sought two jobs in hospitality at 15 and began to improve his knowledge of wine. By 18, he had secured the position of assistant sommelier at Wanaka's Bistro Gentil, where under guidance from sommelier Vianney Establet, Hamish took his service to the next level. He later returned as sommelier. At 19, Hamish took on the role of sommelier for Master Chef Finalist Jamie Rogers, designing an exciting wine list for the opening of his first restaurant, Twenty Seven, and training the front of house staff. He also hosts themed wine dinners at Twenty Seven.

Harry Ballmann

Head of Drinks

Folie

Having moved from the great London establishment Wiltons, to open Folie, a chic French Riviera restaurant in Soho, Harry has retained his interest and love for regional French wine and big-hitter Bordeaux. In his spare time, Harry writes for Emerging Vines, a blog and website dedicated to the growing English wine movement.

Jan Van Heesvelde

Assistant Head Sommelier

L’Enclume

Jan is the assistant head sommelier at L’Enclume in Cartmel. He was recognised as the Advanced Sommelier Candidate by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and as Young Promising Sommelier of Belgium in 2017 and 2019.

Janusz Sasiadek

Sommelier

Mercato Metropolitano

Janusz is currently working as a wine sales representative in Mercato Metropolitano in London. He is a member of the Italian Association of Sommeliers, Sommelier Professionista.

José Hernandez

Head Sommelier

Hakkasan

Jose is the head sommelier at Hakkasan. He was born in Yecla, and moved to the UK in 2005. It was during his time studying for his degree in Hospitality at Plymouth University that Jose became very passionate about wines. He started a job as a junior sommelier once he graduated and since then has enjoyed lots of wine books, wonderful trips to wine regions and many bottles of wine.

Joshua Castle

Assistant Head Sommelier

Noble Rot

Joshua is the assistant head sommelier at Noble Rot. He studied art history at Melbourne University before becoming interested in wine, which led him to take up work at several wine focused restaurants in Melbourne. He has worked during harvest at wineries in Stellenbosch SA (Jordan Estate), Penedes (Raventos i Blanc) and Hampshire (Hambledon). He moved to Oxford in 2017 where he worked in wine and spirits retail at the Oxford Wine Company. From there he moved to London. Since judging at SWA for the first time in 2019 he has taken on more of a wine buying role at his work, with a particular focus on buying fine wine at auction. He has carried out further winery work with Tirage at Hambledon in the UK, and Vendage at Domaine Cecile Tremblay in Burgundy, and also started studying for the WSET Diploma.

Juan Manuel Marcos Perez

Wine Buyer/Head Sommelier

The Gilbert Scott Restaurant

Juan Manuel is currently the head sommelier at The Gilbert Scott Restaurant. He is a qualified product expert in viticulture, winemaking, sales and the end-customer perspective. He has completed his WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.

Lucie Hammerschmiedova

Beverage Supervisor

Portland Restaurant

Lucie is currently the beverage supervisor at the Portland Restaurant and has been working in hospitality for a couple of years.

Lukas Nikanorovas

Head Sommelier

20 Stories D&D London

Luma Monteiro

Wine Specialist

Wineria

Wine Specialist and Founder of @wineriaofficial.

Marco Marcuzzo

Head Sommelier

ZUMA Rome

Maria Cristina Francescon

Sommelier and wine shop owner

Enoteca Sorso di Vino - vini e libri di vini

Maria Cristina is a certified wine sommelier (AIS Italian Sommelier Association). For the last three years she has been running her own award-winning wine shop in Milan, Italy named Sorso di Vino - Vini e Libri di Vini. She is also a member of Associazione Nazionale Le Donne del Vino (Italian Women of Wine Association).

Markus Dilger

Owner & Sommelier

Dilger Sommelier Selection Ltd

Markus set up his own company, Dilger Sommelier Selection Ltd, having worked in hospitality, food and beverage education and trade for the last 30 years. He grew up in the Black Forest - Germany´s No. 1 destination for wine, beer, spirits and excellent food. His profession has taken him to highly recognised places in Germany, France, UK and USA. For Markus, it is a great honour to judge the SWA and meet colleagues from all over the world!

Matteo Furlan

Head Sommelier

The Ritz London

Matteo has transformed his passion for wine to a full time job. He is currently working as head sommelier for The Ritz in London after exploring Asian and ethnic cuisine in different venues across the UK. He holds the CMS Certified Sommelier qualification and wset level 4 diploma.

Mattia Tabacco

Account & Development

Oeno

Mattia is a well-seasoned sommelier with an extensive wine knowledge and a true passion for wine, spirits and cigars. For many producers and professionals he is nicknamed "The Wine Hunter".

Michael Driscoll

Head Sommelier

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa

Michael has been the head sommelier at Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa since October 2015. He has worked as a sommelier for the past 7 years. He is currently planning his next wine trip, having visited wineries and estates in Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Champagne and Hungary to name a few. He really enjoys the more esoterical wines and the stories they tell but most of all he just loves wine and how it can bring people from all across society together.

Michael Moore

Managing Director

Moore Show Cuisine & 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.

Michele Ciciriello

Assistant Head Sommelier

China Tang at The Dorchester

Mikolaj Harmider

Sommelier/Sales Rep

Cava Spiliadis Collection and Simpsons 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 in 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. Since 2019 he has been a sales representative for Cava Spiliadis Collection and works at Simpsons Restaurant. He is currently studying for his WSET level 4 diploma in wine.

Monica Bacchiocchi

Senior Sommelier

Wiltons

Monica is senior sommelier at Wiltons Restaurant in London.

Nelio Pinto

Sommelier

Candlesticks

Nuno Pereira

Assistant Head Sommelier

Theo Randall at Intercontinental Hotel

Oliver Zelenczuk

Beverage Manager

London Shell Co

Riccardo Guzzardo

Head Sommelier

Gioie di Bacco

Riccardo Guzzardo is an Italia Sommelier who with enthusiasm and passion travel around the world to discover the real face of the wine agriculture and listen to the story behind the labels. The love for nature, grape, and books is the summary of my happiness!!

Rui Pereira

Assistant Head Sommelier

The Cavalry and Guards Club

Salvatore Russo

Head of Wine

The Hippodrome Casino

Inspired by the produce and terroir from his home of Italy, Salvatore moved to London at 20 years old to pursue a career as a sommelier. After gaining his WSET Level 4 Diploma, Russo utilised this globally recognised qualification by travelling the world to the most spectacular vineyards, perfecting his craft. Russo is now head of wine across The Hippodrome Casino overseeing all outlets including Heliot Steak House – Britain’s Best Casino Restaurant 2020. As a wine educator at the esteemed WSET School London he also spends his time passing on his expertise to the next generation.

Sam Weatherill

Restaurant Manager & Sommelier

Etch. by Steven Edwards

Sam has been with etch. by Steven Edwards since its opening in March 2017 – initially as bar manager, before specialising as sommelier, and more recently restaurant manager. He currently oversees a list of around 180 bins, whilst compiling wine parings for the monthly changing 9-course tasting menu. Sam was born and raised in Brighton, and previously held the bar manager position at The New Club on Brighton seafront. He is currently enrolled on the WSET diploma in wine.

Sam Winterbottom

Bar Manager

The Albert Square Chop House

Samuel currently works as the bar manager and on site sommelier for The Albert's Square Chop House in Manchester. Samuel has worked in hospitality for 7 years, always with a keen interest in wines. He was able to focus solely on wine whilst working as a sommelier at 20 Stories.

Sara Rossi

Head Sommelier

Trinity Restaurant

Sara is the head sommelier at Michelin-starred restaurant, Trinity Restaurant, where she is developing the beverage programme and staff training. She started to work in the wine industry when she first came to London in 2010, and has since worked in numerous Michelin-starred restaurants.

Sarah McKenzie

Sommelier

Nut Tree Inn

Sarah is a sommelier at Nut Tree Inn, a well established country pub in Oxfordshire. She has enjoyed every step of her wine journey, learning, meeting like minded people and visiting new countries.

Savvas Symeonidis

Head Sommelier

Azumi Ltd. Zuma

Savvas quit his career in medicine to follow his passion... wine. He is currently at diploma level on the WSET courses and is aiming for the prestigious Master of Wine title.

Stephanie Robertson

Wine and Service Trainer

RA Group

A newly created role within RA Group as of December. Steph has worked at Le Gavroche and Roux at Parliament Square as a sommelier, is qualified to teach up to Level 2 WSET in wines and has won an Award of Excellence with the Academy of Culinary Arts. She’s also a dancer, keen cook and pizza obsessive.

Tanya Mann

Director

Consultancy

Tanya Mann (Pahkmutova) is a UK based Russian wine professional, certified sherry educator and CWW committee member. She holds a WSET diploma along with degrees in both chemical technology and psychology. Currently she is studying for her Master of Wine qualification. She started her career with LVMH in 2000 and has since had her fingers in many pies, for example she has worked for Château Margaux, sales in Selfridge's and as a teacher at the Sardinian Forte Village Hospitality 5 star Management School. Tanya now owns Eno Gastropub The Vine in the UK which has won a Harper’s wine list Award.

Tim Handley

Cellar development manager

The Royal Automobile Club

Tim works as the Cellar Development manager at The Royal Automobile Club, Where he supports the beverage operation and sommelier team.

Tim Smith

Wine Director/Sommelier

Winesurfer Consulting

Tim has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 30 years in Southern California, Hawaii and now the UK. Tim has worked as a GM, wine director and/or sommelier at Osteria Mozza, Michael's, Rix, Fenix at the Argyle, the Princeville Golf Resort and Faith & Flower as well as consulting wine director at Bottega Louie. Tim has now relocated to the UK where he has worked as co-wine director and sommelier at Cuvee Vlll in Surrey and as sommelier at The Ledbury. He is certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Sommelier Society of America, holds the Certified Wine Educator title with Society of Wine Educators and has finished one year of WSET diploma studies.

Timothy Connor

Head Sommelier

Heddon Street Kitchen

Timothy is a senior fermented grape information officer who was one of the opening members of core by Clare Smyth and now is the head sommelier in the Gordon Ramsay group.

Victor Amaro

Sommelier

Sommelier

Victor is a Sommelier, F&B Management and mixologist with extensive experience in the UK, USA and Portugal within Michelin star, 5 star boutique hotels. He has also been part of judging panels in diverse national and international wine challenges.

Victoria Sharples

Head of Wine Operations

St John Restaurant Group

Victoria joined the wine trade nearly two decades ago. She has established and run specialist wine importing companies in the UK and Australia, she has also spent time on the floor working as a sommelier as well as consultant to winemakers along with marketing and brand experience. Currently she heads up the wine operations for St John Restaurant group blending their St John range as well as working closely with their winery in La Liviniere and their full suite of French wine suppliers.

Vivienne Franks

Wine Educator and Wine Judge

Aspects of Wine Ltd

Vivienne is a wine lover, an International Wine Educator and an International Wine Judge, WSET Certified Educator and APP. Hon.Sec. of The Association of Wine Educators, and a member of The Circle of Wine Writers and a Director of Good Wine Tours.