The judges

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

Si­mon Field MW

Field joined award­win­ning Berry Bros & Rudd in 1998, hav­ing spent sev­eral years as a char­tered ac­coun­tant in the City. In ad­di­tion to buy­ing the Span­ish and for­ti­fied ranges, he is also re­spon­si­ble for Cham­pagne, Langue­docRous­sil­lon, the Rhône and the Loire. He gained his Mas­ter of Wine qual­i­fi­ca­tion in 2002.

Lau­rent Richet MS

Richet was born in the Loire Val­ley and at­tended Sau­mur’s cater­ing col­lege. In 2010 he won the Gas­tron­omy Team of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, and was awarded the Lau­rent-Per­rier Grand Siè­cle Cup in pass­ing his Mas­ter Som­me­lier ex­ams. He re­cently gained the Saké Som­me­lier qual­i­fi­ca­tion, while work­ing at Restau­rant Sat Bains in Not­ting­ham as head som­me­lier.

Matt Walls

Walls is an award­win­ning wine writer, au­thor and blog­ger who reg­u­larly con­trib­utes to De­can­ter. He also helps res­tau­rants to de­velop ex­cep­tional wine lists, judges in wine com­pe­ti­tions and is editor of The Lon­don Wine Guide iPhone app. He blogs at www. mattwalls. co.uk and tweets @mattwall­swine.

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