Chairman of Judges
Cameron Douglas MS – Master Sommelier, New Zealand
Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant.
He lives his life around his enthusiasm for all things beverage – teaching, travelling, tasting and talking. He judges and presents wine regularly in the USA, the UK, Australia and Asia.
At home in NZ he writes regular monthly columns for Hospitality Business and FMCG Business Magazines, also publishing a bi-annual magazine; and contributes to a number of other publications. He reviews wines and makes his notes available on his website both to the wineries and the public, as a courtesy to the Industry.
As a professional Sommelier, Cameron spends much of his time involved in education – academically in charge of the Wine and Beverage Program at AUT University in Auckland, and ‘out in the field’, consulting for the Wine, Hotel & Restaurant, Tourism sectors, and the interested public. He is on the Fine Wines of New Zealand Masters team, making selections for Air New Zealand Business Premier class.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, and is committed to being an instructor and examiner for the MS program both in the USA and Oceania. When he earned his MS credentials, it was as the first in New Zealand (in fact, at the time, the first in the Southern Hemisphere) and he took out the trophy for the top marks
2019 Judging Panel
Jane Faulkner – Wine Writer, Victoria - Panel Chair
Jane Faulkner is a journalist by training and a wine writer by vocation. She contributes to numerous publications including Halliday magazine and Gourmet Traveller WINE, and is a reviewer for Australia’s leading wine guide, Halliday Wine Companion. She’s also an experienced wine judge and has chaired numerous shows. Born in Malaysia, lives in Melbourne, Jane never tires of travelling throughout the wine world including Australia for months on end in search of stories and wines from inspirational, thoughtful producers. Other than that, she drinks with gusto.
Sophie Otton - Sommelier, NSW - Panel Chair
Sophie Otton is a wine judge and certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified WSET Educator - Level III; and currently owns She Loves You, a wine bar in Newtown Sydney. Formerly Wine Director for Rockpool Bar and Grill, Sydney and sommelier at Billy Kwong, in 2009 she won the Judy Hirst Award for the sommelier responsible for the Wine List of the Year; has been a national winner of the Negociants Working with Wine Fellowship and twice a finalist in the Vin de Champagne Awards. She has worked as a feature writer for AGT Wine Magazine since 2000 and is a long-standing member of their tasting panel.
Celine Rousseau - Winemaker Eden Road Wines, NSW
As International Winemaker, French native and Australian, Celine has 25 years experience in the wine industry in France and Australia. Born and raised near Paris but with family origins from Saumur in the Loire Valley, Celine completed a Diploma of Enology at the Bordeaux Institute of Enology and a Master’s of Winemaking and Marketing in Champagne. She has worked at G.H Mumm, at AXA Millesime Chateaux such as Suduiraut and Villa Bel-Air then at Chateau La Louviere in the Bordeaux regions.
In Australia she worked at Pierro (Margaret River)and Hainault (Perth Hills) before accepting the position of Head Winemaker at Chalkers Crossing (Hilltops) in 1999 where she set up the winery from scratch. In 2017, Celine joined Eden Road Wine Company (Canberra District). She loves making Riesling and cool climate Shiraz from the Canberra District. She makes wines with purity and finesse that reflect the “terroir”, which is why she enjoys so making and judging Rieslings
Tim Pelquest Hunt White Winemaker, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, SA
Anne Krebiehl MW – Wine Writer, London UK
German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer and lecturer. She is the contributing editor for Austria, Alsace and England for the US Wine Enthusiast and publishes also in trade and consumer wine publications. She lectures, consults, translates and judges at international wine competitions. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2010 and was admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine in September 2014. Anne has helped to harvest and make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy
Christopher Bates MS – Winemaker, Sommelier, Executive Chef Element Winery, NY,USA
With over 25 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry, Master Sommelier and restauranteur, Christopher Bates was named Best Young Sommellier inthe World in 2012 before going on to become first person to achieve Master Sommelier while working as an Executive Chef in 2013. Christopher has had extensive experience in the food and beverage sector including vintages in Mosel, General Manager and Sommelier at the Inn at Dos Brisas, and General Manager & Executive Chef at Hotel Fauchère, before returning to his native Finger Lakes region to as a wine maker and restauranteur
Angus Wardlaw - Winemaker Bothers at War, winner 2019 Encouragement Award, SA
Kim Tyrer - Winemaker Galafrey Wines, WA