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Senior judges

Many of the UK's leading on-trade wine buyers have been judging at the Sommelier Wine Awards for a several years. A selection of our most experienced judges are profiled here, and you can read more about our Team Leaders here.
For the full list of 2016 judges, please click here.

If you would like to be considered as a SWA judge please register your interest here.

Diana Rollan AIWS

bubbles & saké lover
assistant wine buyer, Hakkasan Group

With a decade under her belt on the restaurant floor, Diana joined the buying team of the global Hakkasan Group over four years ago. Always interested in new styles of wines coming through, she’s particularly enjoying Riesling ‘in all its guises’ and Orange wines at the moment. Saké is another fascination, but for her, that Desert Island Wine would have to be “Champagne, Champagne and more Champagne – I love bubbles!”

The rare, indigenous grape Mavrotragano from Hatzidakis on Santorini, Greece is the most unusual wine Diana has tasted recently: “Rich, intense and complex. Full of black fruit, chocolate and tobacco notes,” she says, still remembering the aftertaste of the wine.

“I love the fact that this is a tasting competition By and For sommeliers, in a friendly environment, where all the different opinions have room,” says Diana.

SWA in three words: unique, fun, educative
twitter: @Diana Rollan
 

Agustin Trapero AIWS

Fat Duck alumni and Sherry fan
head sommelier, Launceston Place

 

Heading up wine at Michelin-starred Launceston Place, Agustin is no stranger to Michelin stars, having done stages in both the Fat Duck and El Cellar de Can Roca, as well as a harvest in Vose Romaneée. No wonder his Desert Island Wine style is the Côte dOr. “It is just magical and unique,” he says. “When you taste producers like Ramonet, Robert Ampeau or Dugat-Py, you are probably very close to heaven.”

Admitting to a daily cortado habit, Agustin cherishes the opportunities he gets to taste unusual wines. “I tasted some Tintilia del Molise [Italy] recently from pre-phylloxera vines. Remarkable and historically unforgettable.”

“I like the diversity of wine that we taste at SWA, from very inexpensive to more serious wines, as well as the discussion that it creates for us.”

SWA in three words: discovering, fun, educational
twitter: @Agustin_Trapero

Roger Jones

Renaissance man & Riesling lover
owner, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, with his wife, Sue Jones


An acknowledged Australian wine expert, Roger also chairs the Welsh Wine Awards, and is a renowned wine judge and Michelin-starred chef.

Ever on the lookout for wines of flavour and style, his most recent distinctive wine find cropped up in a bar in Casablanca. “It was a Moroccan Viogner, Grenache Blanc, Clairette blend called Clos Hermitage. “It was stunning.”

With more than a few SWA winners on his own award-winning list, Roger says "Whether the flights are good or not it is always good to see what is happening."

For Roger, the relaxed, unstuffy nature of the judging at SWA is one of the factors that appeals. “It’s great to met so many new faces each year – and the old farts (me included)!” he says.

SWA in three words: educational, training, fun
twitter: @LittleBedwyn
 

Mya Brown


former barista & wine explorer
Vinoteca

 

Part of the adventurous team at Vinoteca, Mya hails from British Columbia.
Enjoying wines from the Pacific Northwest at the moment, Syrah is her Desert Island pick.

SWA in three words: interesting, challenging, discoveries


For a full list of the 2016 SWA Judges visit our 2016 Directory

If you would like to be considered as a SWA judge please register your interest here.