The judges


Pe­dro Balles­teros Tor­res MW

Balles­teros Tor­res is a DWWA Re­gional co-Chair for Spain and Sherry. He stud­ied in Jerez, Bur­gundy, Napa and Bordeaux, and has a masters in viti­cul­ture and oenol­ogy. A columnist at Vino y Gas­trono­mia and Plan­eta Vino mag­a­zines, he is on the coun­cil of the In­sti­tute of Masters of Wine and the gov­ern­ing board of the Span­ish Tasters’ Union.

Sarah Jane Evans MW

Evans is co-Chair of the DWWA. An award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and writer since the 1980s, she be­came a Master of Wine in 2006. In 2010 Evans was knighted into the Gran Or­den de Ca­balleros del Vino for ser­vices to Span­ish wine, and she held the role of chair of the In­sti­tute of Masters of Wine from 2014 to 2016.

Chris­tine Parkin­son

Parkin­son started her ca­reer in the kitchen be­fore mov­ing into wine and cre­at­ing the first wine list for Miche­lin-starred Hakkasan in 2001. She is now wine buyer for the restau­rant and oth­ers in the group, in­clud­ing Sake No Hana and HKK, and Miche­lin-starred Yau­atcha.

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