(CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDGES)
Author of numerous books including the Award-winning Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal, Wine Writer, Presenter, Co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, and occasional blogger thewinesinger.blog.co.uk
Nina Caplan is the New Statesman’s wine columnist and a freelance arts, travel and food and drink journalist for publications including the Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller and Square Meal. She has been Guides Editor of The Guardian, Features Editor of Time Out and Editor of Metropolitan, the trilingual Eurostar magazine. Last year she won both the Roederers Wine Columnist of the Year and Fortnum & Mason’s Drink Writer of the Year. She tweets @ninacaplan and blogs, when she remembers, at www.ninacaplan.com.
Dr Neil Beckett
Dr Neil Beckett began his career as an academic historian. But equally interested in wine, he soon wanted to spend more time down in the cellar than up in the ivory tower. In 2004 he became the first editor of The World of Fine Wine, an award-winning quarterly review on which he works with Hugh Johnson and Andrew Jefford. He was also the general editor of the award-winning Finest Wines series of wine guides, published in association with Aurum and University of California Press. He has won prizes for his writing on wine, is one of the two UK tasters on the Grand Jury Européen, and serves on the advisory board of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.
Jancis Robinson OBE MW
Editor of international trade title the drinks business, Gabriel Stone joined the magazine after a degree in Classics, interspersed with work in various UK wine bars and a handful of South African wine estates, as well as being president of the Oxford University Wine Circle. Her work for db has taken her all over the wine and spirits world, and in 2011 she won the Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year award.