I am a Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge and judge wine competitions all around the world.
The International Wine Challenge is the world's most influential and rigorous wine competition. It is an annual event, in which we assess every wine blind, for its quality, faithfulness to style, region and vintage.
Every wine entered is tasted at least two times by our judges, who are experienced tasters from all around the world, working in all areas of the wine industry. They are individuals with great palates and considerable experience, Masters of Wine, winemakers, senior wine buyers and specialist wine writers.
The IWC receives significant global coverage from TV, radio, online mediums, the trade press and in national and regional newspapers.
In 2017, the IWC results website attracted visitors from 171 different countries. The PR reach of the IWC 2017 exceeded 1.4 billion worldwide (based on certified circulation of publications and media in which the competition is covered)
I have judged national awards in Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and Turkey and regularly participate in the UK-based Wines from Spain Awards.
I have also taught the judges of the future, specifically in South Africa, where I was involved in workshops for students of wine.
Other competitions I judge regularly include the annual Which? Champagne tasting and Business Traveller magazine's Cellars in the Sky for the aviation industry wine. I have also judged the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.