Home News > February 2018 > Day one of SWA judging welcome Michael Moore for tenth year

As a blizzard spread across London our judges braved the cold and made their way to a church in Marylebone to begin round one of SWA 2018 judging.

One man who the SWA team were particularly pleased to see was Michael Moore who is judging the competition for the tenth year in a row. Michael is owner of The London Cookhouse based in East London, a company who cooks with wine, has wine tasting cellars, a live food theatre and The Cover Club, a unique dining experience that themes the whole evening around the host.

When asked about his tenth year judging, Michael said: ‘I love wine and I think food and wine are a marriage so I really like that SWA takes pairing into consideration. I’ve been working with food my whole life so it was a privilege when I was asked 10 years ago to take part.

‘There aren’t that many chefs involved with judging wine so it’s great to be a part of and I think it would be great if more were involved to really broaden their minds about food and wine and how they work together.’

The first day of judging also saw two new senior judges, Mattia Mazzi and Robert Mason on teams, and the welcome return of Nigel Lister, an experienced taster who stood in to be an excellent team leader.

There was a lot of discussion around some of the English and Greek wines entered this year in particular and great tasting notes and quotes across the room. Our favourite has to be from Head of Judging Christine Parkinson: ‘This wine was like Roger Federer playing ping pong with his 8 year old son’ when discussing a flight of reds from The Rhône!