judges 2014


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

Margaret Rand

Margaret Rand is a previous winner of the Roederer Awards, a freelance wine writer and an international wine judge. She has edited several consumer and trade wine and spirit magazines, namely Wine International, Wine & Spirit and Whisky Magazine. She now writes regularly for Decanter and World of Fine Wine as well as for Drinks Business, Imbibe, Square Meal and the Financial Times. She is general editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and is currently working on a new edition of her Grapes & Wines (with Oz Clarke).

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph is the award-winning author of over 25 books on wine, including the Complete Encyclopedia of Wine, French Wines and the Wine Tourism Guide to the World. With Charles Metcalfe, he launched both Wine International magazine and the International Wine Challenge. More recently, he helped to found Meininger's Wine Business International, the highly respected publication of which he remains editor at large, and launched his own controversial thejosephreport blog. Other current projects include an innovative venture called Greatfoodandwinesites, an interactive video-book full of wine-related clips and an interactive Wine Marketing Toolkit. Robert is also involved in producing wines in France under the le Grand Noir and Greener Planet labels.

Jamie Goode

With a PhD in plant biology, Jamie Goode worked for 15 years as a science editor. After starting wineanorak.com in 2000, he subsequently published three books, including The Science of Wine in 2014. Since 2005 Goode has been the wine columnist for The Sunday Express, as well as a regular contributor to a range of other publications. In 2006 he won the Glenfiddich Award for wine book of the year, and in 2007 winewriter of the year. In 2012 and 2014 his blog won best overall wine blog in the Wine Bloggers Awards (USA), and in 2012 he was blogger of the year for the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Gabriella Opaz

Born in Chicago, but living in Porto, Portugal, Gabriella has a Masters degree in Education, is a published writer, award winning speaker, dedicated runner, die-hard traveler and 15-plus year veteran of the gastronomy world. Gabriella is the co-founder of Catavino.net, Vrazon.com and the Digital Wine Communications Conference that will be held in Switzerland this October.