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Jurados 2024




Thomas Götz Alemanha
Thomas Götz is a wine journalist specializing in Iberian wines. Based in Germany and Spain, he writes for magazines such as Wein+Markt, Weinkenner, Falstaff and MiVino. As well as writing, he teaches Portuguese and Spanish wines at the International Wine Institute, a sommelier school in Germany's Ahr Valley. He also gives masterclasses and wine training sessions, the latter to the sales teams of wine merchants, for example.
Eduardo Milan Brasil
Degustador e crítico de vinhos, Eduardo Milan é apaixonado pelo assunto desde 1998, quando sua vida ainda era o Direito. Editor de Vinhos da Revista ADEGA desde 2011. Sócio e editor dos guias ADEGA Brasil, ADEGA Portugal e ADEGA Espanha. Curador do Clube ADEGA de Vinhos. Membro da equipe do Guia Descorchados, desde 2011. Juiz de diversos concursos, dentre eles, o DECANTER World Wine Awards, desde 2019. Consultor brasileiro para a 8ª edição do World Atlas of Wine (Jancis Robinson e Hugh Johnson).
Henri Chapon MS Reino Unido
As a Master Sommelier and a WSET Certified Educator, I have been working in the wine industry for over 30 years, sharing my passion and knowledge with wine professionals and sommeliers. I am the Director of Henri Chapon Conseil & Formation, a company that offers a range of wine services, from coaching and training to events and tours. I help my clients achieve their goals and excel in their careers, whether they are preparing for exams, competitions, or new business opportunities. I also work as a wine trainer for leading hospitality and service training providers, including the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. In addition, I have been a judge at several wine competitions and have won several awards, including a third place at the Trophée Ruinart du Meilleur Sommelier d’Europe and Best Sommelier of United-Kingdom.
Ilgar A Veliyev Azerbaijão
Ilgar Valiyev was born on 11 may 1973 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is the Country Managing Partner for Ernst & Young in Azerbaijan. He is also a founding partner of Friends Cellar, a privately owned wine producing business in the Kakheti region of Georgia, Caucasus. Ilgar was a member of the Judging Panel for Wines of Portugal Challenge in 2018. Apart from the winemaking he loves to travel and explore new places and cultures. Ilgar is married and has two children.
Jaemin JU Coreia do Sul
Korea Sommelier of the Year Competition Winner Court of Master Sommelier 'Advanced' Association of Sommelier International 'Gold Diploma' Champagne Drappier Ambassador in Korea Co- Founder, Sommelier Crew 'SOMZ'
Janet Dorozynski Canadá
Janet Dorozynski left life as an academic and has been tasting, teaching, writing about and judging wine and spirits from across Canada and the world for more than twenty years. She is a principal critic at Wine Align, the wine columnist for LUXE magazine Ottawa, contributes to national and international publications and is a contributing editor to the 5th Edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine. Janet holds the WSET Diploma, a PhD from Concordia University and is a WSET Certified Educator. Follow her on Instagram, Threads and X @winetrackmind.
Jarosaw Baranowski Polónia
Best Young Polish Sommelier 2023, ASI Diploma Silver. I am a sommelier with wide range of experience. I love classic wines but I still looking for a new directions. I am a head sommelier of group of restaurants in city of Lublin and I am connected with wine import company. I used to be a judge in Polish Wines Competition 2022 and Wine + Dessert Vilnius 2021.
Kateryna Yushchenko Reino Unido
Kateryna Yushchenko é um profissional de vinho talentoso, com extensa experiência internacional como educadora, comerciante, juiz e escritor de vinhos. Com um olhar atento a vinhos excepcionais, ela seleciona meticulosamente um portfólio de ofertas de alta qualidade para o mercado exigente do Reino Unido. Além disso, Kateryna se dedica a nutrir a próxima geração de sommeliers e profissionais de vinho por meio do Programa de Qualificação do WSET, tendo educado mais de 400 ex -alunos em vários países. Sua experiência se estende a escrever artigos perspicazes sobre tendências globais da indústria de vinhos. Os diversos papéis e vastos conhecimentos de Kateryna permitem que ela navegue no mundo do vinho com precisão, ajudando efetivamente empresas e indivíduos.
Marshall Chen China
Master’s degree of English Literature from Shanghai More than 12 yearsXun in wine business. First worked for an importing company, then a wine sales manager, later be a wine educator for many years. Now, I have a wine training company doing wine education (Which is the biggest one in the southwest of China)and wine shops to sell some wine and do some wine promotional activities. Certificates and Titles WSET Diploma and ETP educator IWS Prep Course for Italian wine Abruzzo Ambassador Ambassador of Portugal Cork in China and studied in Portugal(2014); Ambassador of RiberaRueda in China and studied in Spain (2017) The manager and main educator of Domaine, which is the biggest wine education center in the southwest part of China, teaching WSET, ISG and other wine knowledge to the wine consumers, sommeliers and wine businessmen; The co-founder of WBO Wine Business School, which is the biggest business school specialized on wine and teaching the business experience to the importers, distributors and retailers, which has been done in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Hangzhou and has more than 300 wine entrepreneurs. The author of the published book “ The Handbook of Wine Consumption”, which could be found on amazon.cn; The Columnist for many wine medias, such as Wine Ku, Wine Business Observer, Look for Vin; The vice secretary of Chengdu Wine Association, which is the only official wine association in Sichuan Province, China; The Judge of IWC- International Wine Competition of Guangzhou; The Judge of G100 (Choose 100 best wines from more than 500 wines) of The China Food and Drinks Fair, which is the biggest Wine Fair in China. The educator of Old Vine Garnacha in China.
Maryna Revkova Ucrânia
I’ve been working with wine since 2017, started as a sommelier assistant in the biggest wine restaurant in Ukraine with 2000 wines per list (Vino e Cucina ristorante / enoteca). After couple of months I took a sommelier position and took the 2nd place in the competition “The First Women’s Cup Sommeliers International” in November, 2018. In April 2019 - 2nd place in “The Best Sommelier of Ukraine” when my chef-sommelier won. After a couple tough years of Covid without trips and events I passed the ASI Certification and now you can find my name on the website of Association de la Sommellerie Internationale as a ASI Diploma keeper. In September, 2021 I finally got the 1st place in the competition and became the best sommelier of Ukraine. The second girl in Ukrainian history who did it). The next months I passed WSET 3 with merit and represented Ukraine in “The Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa” which took place in Limassol, Cyprus. After the war started I left Ukraine and worked in Portugal, Douro valley in the new restaurant of celebrity Michelin star chef Pedro Lemos. Then I was delighted to receive the Gerard Basset Foundation and Artemis Domaines Golden Vines Victims of Conflict Scholarship to spend 6 months to spend 6 months in Chateau Latour in Bordeaux. The best experience in oenology I’ve ever had. Now I work as a winemaker in Ukraine and studying winemaking at the same time, WSET Diploma student and plan to became Master of Wine in the next 8 years.
Mirell Riviello México
Wine and Tea communicator and Sommelier.
Nataliia Vilinska Ucrânia
Member of the Ukrainian Sommelier Association. Member of the Latvian Sommelier Association. Founder of the restaurant service school “MR.BAR” (Ukraine) and wine-project “Viedie Burbui” (Latvia). Hosting tasting, wine cellar collecting, restaurant trainings, customer wine service. Coach-mentor to Ukrainian sommeliers and bartenders. Organizer of sommelier competitions for ASU in Ukraine.
Sara Døscher Noruega
Sara Døscher (1982) is a wine journalist with a weekly column in Norways largest newspaper VG. She is also a wine presenter, has written six wine books and has her own wine podcast. After having worked with wine import in Brazil for 6 years, she speaks fluent Portuguese.
Sebastian Bordthäuser Alemanha
Sebastian Bordthäuser studied German, but ultimately decided on the bottle. After working from a beer garden to a star restaurant, he set up his own business in 2014 after more than 20 years in the catering industry. Since then he has been working as a freelance sommelier, author and journalist at his Cologne-Ehrenfeld kitchen table. Bordthäuser published the book “Wein & Vegetables” together with Manuela Rüther in 2017 by Fackelträger Verlag, and in March 2018 the collection “The Philosophy of Cooking” was published by Mairisch Verlag. He writes regularly for Effilee, Welt am Sonntag, Der Feinschmecker and Meiningers Sommelier-Magazin as well as for numerous other pleasure magazines. He accompanied the founding of the Falstaff Wine Guide from the very beginning, both editorially and as a taster, and works as a juror for numerous competitions as well as for the Gerolsteiner Wein-Places. In addition to his work as a lecturer at sommelier and hotel management schools, he works in sensory quality assurance. Countless presentations round off his profile as a wine entertainer. The sought-after sommelier believes that his studies now serve him well in his efforts to talk and write about wine in a language that is understandable. Bordthäuser cites the basics of sensory technology as the focus of his work, with cultural backgrounds and abysses receiving particular attention.
Sebastian Giraldo Polónia
Sebastian Giraldo Makovej is a two-time Hungarian Sommelier of the Year winner ('22 & '23), Hungarian Sommelier Champion ('22) and Polish Sommelier Champion ('23). He has represented Hungary internationally in the Balkan Sommelier Competition (2nd place) and in ASI's 2023 Best Sommelier of the World competition. He is an Advanced Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Currently he works as Sauska Winery's Brand Ambassador.
Tim Gaiser MS EUA
Tim Gaiser is an internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer. He is one of less than 300 individuals worldwide to ever attain the elite Master Sommelier title. He is the former Director of Education and Education chair for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, and an instructor for the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Over his 30-plus year career, Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors. He has experience in all phases of the wine industry: online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurants. Tim has written for a number of publications including Fine Cooking Magazine and the Somm Journal and also writes for numerous wine and spirits clients. He has served as the author and lead judge for the Best Young Sommelier Competition and the Top Somm Competition. Prior to developing his wine expertise, Tim received an M.A. in Classical Music. He played classical trumpet as a freelance professional and as an extra with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He currently lives with his family in New Mexico.
Yasuko Nagoshi Japão
Joined a real estate company which had bought Château Citran in Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux and in charge of promotion their wines in Japan for 4 years. Moved to Japanese food and wine importer, ARCANE, and in charge of sales and marketing for 6 years. Quit the company to become a self-employed wine writer (wrote several articles for both Wine magazine and Life Style magazine). After around 20 years of self-employed wine writer, joined WANDS Publishing Ltd. In 2015. Become its publisher since Jannuary 2017.