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

2021 Judging Panel

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Jane FaulknerWine 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 one of Australia’s foremost sommeliers and owner of She Loves You, a wine and cocktail bar in Newtown, Sydney.   She was the wine buyer for Kylie Kwong at Billy Kwong for four years and before that Wine Director for Rockpool Bar and Grill Sydney, managing a team of ten sommeliers and the rarest wine collection in the southern hemisphere. Prior to that she spent five years as buyer for the European Group, establishing the City Wine Shop in Melbourne.  Sophie is an experienced writer and respected show judge, and for the past 20 years has been a permanent member of the tasting panel at Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.

 

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

 Sydney born, New Zealand educated, and Barossa Valley based, Tim Pelquest-Hunt is the White, Sparkling & Red Winemaker at Pernod Ricard Winemakers, where he specialises in Riesling. Tim’s wine journey began whilst studying Music and Arts at the University New South Wales, where he worked at a Sydney suburban wine store. Over the years Tim built a strong appreciation for all things wine, so he left retail to follow his winemaking dream and moved to Christchurch to complete his graduate studies in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University. From there he worked as a travelling hands-on winemaker completing vintages in New Zealand, the Hunter Valley, Tasmania, West Sussex (UK), Rheinhessen (Germany), Napa Valley (US), and of course the Barossa. In 2016 Tim was awarded the Dux prize for the Australian Wine Research Institute’s (AWRI) Advanced Wine Assessment Course and regularly judges in wine shows. Out of winemaking, Tim is obsessed with Rugby Union and loves spending time with his little family.

 

Anne Krebiehl MWWine 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 MSWinemaker, 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

 

Associate judges

Angus Wardlaw - Winemaker Bothers at War, winner 2019 Encouragement Award, SA

Kim Tyrer -  Winemaker Galafrey Wines, WA