Daniel Eduardo Lopez – Argentina
Lives and works in Buenos Aires. He is a trained chef and completed a Wine making Extension Course at University of California in 2000, Davis. He studied Viticulture at INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology) Luján de Cuyo in Mendoza and completed the advanced Wine Tasting Course under Dr Dominique Delteil at Montpellier, France. In 1995, he created http://www.argentinewines.com and established himself as the electronic media guru of South America. Apart from his own highly informative wine web domain, along the way, his knowledge of gastronomy led him into wine and food journalism, writing, reporting and presenting for various media, including VinotecaVirtual, the “Argentine Wines Radio Show” on FM 95.5 – Radio San Isidro Labrador, and the “Luces Vivo Buenos Aires” Radio Show on Radio Ciudad FM-1110. In 1997 he assisted author Alan Young with “Wine Routes of Argentina” the first major literary work on the modern day Argentine wine industry.
His wine judging experience includes:
Malbec al Mundo International Wine Concourse, Mendoza,
VII Vinandino International Wine Concourse, Mendoza
Sydney International Wine Competition, Sydney, Australia
Mundus Vini, The Grand International Wine Award, Neustadt, Germany 2005-2017
Daniel lectures on wine and conducts wine-making tasting and wine-making courses at universities around Argentina
Vili Galabova – Bulgaria
Vili is among the most experienced Bulgarian wine experts. She is co-founder and CEO of the Bulgarian Wine Academy as well as the CEO of Aurika Ltd., Bulgaria – producer of the world record wine antioxidant Alfa Vita. Vili has more than 15 years‘ experience in the wine industry, during the last six of which she was employed by the world’s 7th largest wine and spirits company, Belvedere S.A. The first Bulgarian wine expert to be trained at the London Institute of Masters of Wine, Vili is a member of the Bulgarian National Wine Research Institute’s tasting panel, international wine judge and contributor of many articles to the Divino magazine and web site.
Sergio Correa Undurraga – Chile
We are honoured and pleased to welcome back to the Michelangelo panel one of our very first judges –Mr Sergio Correa Undurraga from Chile!
In 1997 Sergio was a judge on the inaugural Michelangelo panel, when the competition was but a bright idea. He also adjudicated in 1998 and 1999, when Michelangelo was open to wine entries only and was receiving in the region of 300 – 400 entries. (Today the competition receives 1 700+ entries annually from around the world, including wine, brandy, liqueurs and other spirits.)
With a life-time of experience in the various fields of oenology, Sergio’s passion for his craft has been awarded many times – among others, he has been bestowed the Chevalier of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in Bourgogne; Membership of the Brotherhood of Saint-Emilion; The Knight’s Cross of Merit awarded by the French government (1997) and the Viticultural Merit Award for Best Chilean Winemaker (2002).
As winemaker, speaker, trainer, consultant, quality controller, researcher and international wine judge, Sergio has worked in France, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.
The Michelangelo team looks forward to welcoming you to our panel again this year.
Frederik Kreutzer – Denmark
Proud holds a Diploma from WSET London in 2012.
Today part owner and founder of Vinuddannelse.dk , which is a company that offers wine education to trade members and private wine-lovers. We are official WSET educators in Denmark. I have been teaching on WSET courses since 2007.
Wine writer at this blog and for the Danish wine magazine Your Vinguide .
I have worked for more than 20 years in the Danish Wine Trade. I have work for a handful of companies, trying different segments of the market. Today; Brand Manager with the esteemed company Otto Suenson Wine .
Judge and jury member at national and international wine competitions.
Timo Jokinen – Finland
a Well matured man of the World. International and always keeps his hands in many ‘soups’, energetic and active person. Since 1971 plenty of experience also outside Finland, two decades living and experiencing abroad he has got a lot to tell and guide us.
After living in several various countries and been travelling all corners of the World he has a lot of experience, where we all can learn.
ecoming familiar with International trade by his own experiences he has established companies and opened offices, been in trade operations especially in South East Asia but also in Southern Africa. Public Relations and various duties in confidence duties of international associations have been familiar for him over decades.
Wine tasting, wine school – where and when it`s best for you!
Incentive tours to top destinations for food and wine lovers!
Denis Garret – France
Also known fondly as the mad Frenchman on a motorbike, Denis Garret is a Professional Head Sommelier, Wine industry lecturer and educator and moved to Cape Town recently and very happy to be living here. If you are looking for a top end trainer, lecturer, marketer, manager, organiser, don’t hesitate to contact him.
A multi skilled team player with excellent people communication skills at all levels.
Possessing valuable experience of working with world renown Restaurants, Wineries, Hotels, attending to guest at all social levels including President Bush and his wife as well as General Kowalsky USA Air Force and General Fouilland FAS of the French Army.
Denis has a very enthusiastic attitude and works hard to ensure good practice is demonstrated across all areas of the promotion of wines, from planning wine tasting activities, to communicating and liaising with all participants.
He trained and educated countless sommeliers worldwide including the Word Champion Sommelier MSM 2007 – his own student Mr. Andreas Larrsson of Sweden.
He has 20 years’ experience in viniculture and has specialized in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing, attaining the highest level possible as a head Sommelier.
Bernhard Schäfer – Germany
He started his career in the Drinks business back in 1985 from then on he was specialised in selling Spirits and started giving lectures from 1988.
He is judging at several competitions in different countries, at the IWSC Bernhard is judging spirits since 1997. For his active role in Scotch Whisky he was made a Keeper of the Quaich in 1996 and a Master of the Quaich in 2007. Nowadays he works a German Spirits Writer, Educator and Consultant in Germany. His fellow judges also say that he has a good hand in cooking.
Lazaros Gatselos – Greece
a 2 nd year student at the Institute of Masters of Wine(IMW) (September 2012-present)
Diploma of WSET (August 2010)
Bachelor of Oenology and Spirits Technology from Technological Institute of Athens
(4 years educational program)
And Technical consultant for Wine Trails Magazine (May 2014 – present)
International wine competition of Thessaloniki (judge)
And the; Chardonnay du Monde (judge)
Dr. József Kosárka – Hungary
Has been writing articles and essays on various aspects of the wine world for two decades and is contributing to several printed journals and websites in Hungary and Latin America. He is Co-President of the Circle of Hungarian Wine Writers (MBK) and member of the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV).
He gives lectures about wines of his country and the rest of the world and has been running tastings and courses both for students and professionals. He has been guest professor for two semesters at the Institute of Wine and Pisco in Lima. He has been serving as judge at many international wine competitions all over the world including International Wine & Spirits Competition, Citadelles du Vin, Vinitaly, Berliner Wine Trophy, Asian Wine Trophy (Korea), AWC Vienna, Les Grand Concours du Monde, Catad’Or Santiago, G100 Super Wine Awards (China), Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (USA). He was member of the Jury of the Michelangelo International W&S Awards of South Africa in 2015.
He is member of the Hungarian Wine Academy and the Board of the Hungarian Sommelier Association as well as honorary member of the Mexican Wine Academy and the Peruvian Sommelier Association.
Dermot Nolan – Ireland
I’m a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. As an MW I am a highly respected wine professional and I offer a wide range of consultancy services to the wine trade. I am a Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certified Educator (CE) and have been involved in wine education, at all levels, for 20 years.
I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy. From June 2013 until May 2017. I was the Retail Manager for The Wicklow Wine Company. And a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events, Trips and Governance Committees.
He has judged in many wine competitions around the world including The International Wine and Spirit Competition (England), Mundus Vini (Germany), Michelangelo (South Africa), Les Citadelles du Vin (France) and Food Hotel Asia (Singapore).
Yair Kornblum Koren – Israel
Is an wine and spirits journalist and an experienced wine judge in
international competitions such as Mundus Vini, Concours Mondial du Bruxelles, Asian Wine Spirits, Spirits Selection and Vinitaly. Yair is a known wine broadcaster and writer contributing for almost two decades to the Israeli public radio (IBA) and The Israeli Wine Gourmet Magazine – WINET.
He is co-author and editor in chief of The Comprehensive Guide to Israeli Wines, published recently in Hebrew and English. The book was well received by the public and the trade. For his activity as journalist, Yair was awarded the decoration of Cavaliere by the President of Italy.
Megumi Nishida – Japan
Megumi lives and works as wine consultant for a number of top restaurants in Tokyo. She is a regular wine writer for several magazines including Winart, Wands, Cuisine Kingdom and Gabin. As regular contributor to Winart magazine for the past 16 years, Megumi has also visited most of the world’s major wine regions on all continents.
Megumi is regularly invited to judge wine and spirits around the globe, including the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Portugal, Chile, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Brazil and Slovakia. She has also judged at the Japan Wine Challenge (in 2002 and 2003), the Argentine Wine Awards (2015) and the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2016.
Thomas Ling – Malaysia
Is Malaysia’s first Certified Sommelier (CMS,UK), an accredited International Burgundy & Bordeaux Educator with the BIVB & CIVB, France, respectively, and is both a Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits (CSW, CSS) with the Society of Wine Educators, USA.
Thomas is also a Certified Sake Educator & Specialist (SSA,UK & SEC,Japan) and Certified Whisky Ambassador (UK). He is a regularly invited speaker for industry trade seminars, and judges in established wine & spirits competitions.
He has worked in various wine regions during his 16 years journey in the industry.
Manuel Moreira – Portugal
Scout / Sommelier with experience in several prestigious restaurants (Hotel Meridien, Gemelli, Guincho Fortress, Degusto, 100 Ways).
(Wine and Gastronomy, Trainers Wine School) Wine
Consultant (Gosho – Porto, Vidago Palace – Vidago, BB Gourmet Bull & Bear – Porto)
Student of the Masters of Wine Institute in London (2012-2013)
Author of the wine guide “Guia de Vinhos Portugueses 2009, 2010 and 2012, edited by Bertrand
” Best Sommelier in Portugal 2009 “awarded by Wine Business International magazine
” Reconnaissance prize 2005 “Sommelier of the year” by International Academy of Gastronomy.
Guénaël Revel – Canada
Historian and wine columnist, Guénaël Revel studied history of art at the Louvre School
in Paris before moving on to oenology at the University of Bordeaux.
He settled in Quebec in 1995 and worked as sommelier in several Montreal restaurants
up until 2002.
He started a wine-consulting agency in 1997, Le Petit Canon, specializing in the
promotion of culinary events and in assisting insurance companies in the evaluation of
private wine collections.
As a columnist, he has contributed to several culinary magazines such as Flaveurs, Vins
et Vignobles, Effervescence, and Doctor’s Review. He has also served on numerous
international juries at various wine competitions and as President of CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers) from 2002 to 2006.
Guénaël Revel is considered francophone #1 expert on champagne and sparkling wines. He is also regarded as a specialist of port wines and Portugese wines.
Author of “L’essentiel des caves et des celliers”, “La bible du Porto” (a bestseller in the
francophone market), “Couleur Champagne” (awarded the Gold medal at the 2007
Canadian Culinary Book Awards), he launched his fourth book in October 2007, “Vins mousseux et champagnes, les 500 meilleurs effervescents du monde entier” (Sparkling wines and champagnes, the top 500 best sparkling wines in the world). Guénaël is currently working on his next book, the new edition of “La bible du Porto”.
Carrie Adams – South Africa
One of five local judges joining this year’s Michelangelo panel is Johannesburg-based Carrie Adams, who has worked and studied in the wine industry in UK and SA for almost 30 years.
Carrie wears many hats in the wine industry: she is a Norman Goodfellows Fine Wines and Spirits director, wine judge and Classic FM 102.7 columnist and radio host. In addition, Carrie is a member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, The Ordre Des Coteaux de Champagne and the first female Keeper of the Quaich in Africa (for William Grant & Sons).
Her son Jonathan and two Scottish terriers contribute to a full and much loved life of favourite things: wine, whisky, champagne, reading, writing, gardening and making and listening to music.
Germain Lehodey– South Africa
Very few restaurants in South Africa are blessed with the talents of an internationally accredited Sommelier. Being a true Sommelier requires intensive training in food pairing, wine tastings skills and theoretical knowledge of wines of the world- and of course the ability to understand a customer’s taste and requirements.
Our sommelier Germain Lehodey comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the food and beverage department, having started his career as a sommelier at the world renowned restaurant Tour d’Argent in Paris. He was also a finalist in the Best Sommelier of the World competition. Germain lectured at the Wits Hotel School as well as the Cape Wine Acadamy. He worked in a number of top South African establishments, of which one was Lindton Hall with Richard Carstens.
Says Germain: “My philosophy is always to share my passion with people who care about what they eat and drink.”
Gregory Ndaiziweyi Mutambe – South Africa
Gregory was born and raised in Zimbabwe and started his journey with wine in 2004 when he worked as cellar hand at one of the few wineries in Zimbabwe, namely the Mukuyu Winery, Marondera. Gregory relocated to South Africa in 2006 and was appointed Head Sommelier in May 2011 at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay, Cape Town. His responsibilities include the compiling and updating of wine lists, running gourmet wine evenings and conducting tutored tastings.
Gregory’s judging experience includes work for SAA, the Nederburg Auction, the SA Chenin Association and the Platter Wine Guide.
Mike Bamfield-Duggan – South Afica
A local judge joining this year’s 20+ international judges is Mike Duggan, a founding member and owner of Wine Concepts cc in Newlands, Cape Town.
This former hotelier (five years at the Kyalami Ranch Hotel, Sandton and six years management at The Westin Carlton Hotel, Johannesburg) and restaurateur/owner of the Upper Crust Restaurant in Cape Town for 18 years. Mike won twelve Diners Club awards consecutively for the Upper Crust, including the prestigious Diners Club Champion of Champions award the Diamond Award for his 2000 and 2001 list. Mike has over thirty five years’ experience in the liquor and catering trade, he combines his vast knowledge of catering with his passion – wine. Mike is recognized as one of the top wine list consultants in the country.
Mike has a Diploma from the Cape Wine Academy and was also recently inducted into the prestigious L’Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne of France. Mike has a weekly wine column on http://www.iafrica.com and writes articles for Legacy Lifestyle Magazine and Private Edition.
His outside interests include Classic Cars and spending time at his weekend retreat in the Koue Bokkeveld.
Tinashe Nyamudoka – South Afica
New to the Michelangelo panel is Tinashe Nyamudoka, Head Sommelier at The Test Kitchen in the trendy Cape Town suburb of Woodstock at the foot of Devil’s Peak. Growing up in a home where there was never a bottle of wine at the dinner table, Tinashe embarked on a career in wine when first he was employed as wine waiter at The Showroom Restaurant, followed by an appointment as sommelier at The Roundhouse. Tinashe subsequently worked in various hotels to extend his knowledge – these included the 5 Star Waterfront Hotel, and the Maze and Rueben’s at The One & Only in the Waterfront. He has judged in various wine competitions and sits on the panel of the Wine of the Month club as well as on the Wells Faber Weekly sommelier blind tasting at the Pendock Gallery.
Colin Frith – South Africa
Colin is one of three of South Africa’s Honorary Cape Wine Masters. He started his career in the wine industry in the United Kingdom where he worked as wine merchant and earned a number of qualifications. Returning to South Africa afer 18 years, Colin was appointed wine buyer with SFW in 1982. He currently runs a wine production company in the Western Cape and regularly judges for the IWSC and Veritas.
Winnie Bowman – South Africa
A qualified physiotherapist and biomedical scientist, and holder of a PhD in Education, Winnie developed an interest in wine during her student days at Stellenbosch University and later through frequent travels to international winegrowing areas.
She is a Cape Wine Master (and immediate past chair of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters), and judges wine regularly at local and international competitions.
She also presents corporate and private wine tastings, teaches and writes about wine and food.
Wine is Winnie’s passion and she enjoys every moment talking about or tasting it.
Parani Chitrakorn – Thailand
Is an accredited international Bordeaux wine educator (Conseil
Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux Alcoholic Beverages Bordeaux, France) a member
of the Society of Wine Educators in the USA and a member of the Guild of Master
Sommeliers. Parani passed her WSET exam with honours in 2005 and was named Thailand’s
Best Sommelier in 2008. She is also the founder of the Women and
Wine Group in Thailand. As international wine judge she regularly travels to serve on the
panels of the world’s main wine competitions in Europe and Asia.
Andrej Ondrejmiska – Slovakia
Works as a wine marketer and international wine judge.
2008- Accreditation for Wine Marketing in the Ministry of Education Slovak Republic
2007- Director of non profit organisation Wines from Slovakia
2004/2005 – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences,
Vienna – Weinbau, Önologie und Weinwirtschaft
2000/2005 – Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (degree in Agriculture, Wine trener)
1993/1997 – Secondary school: Gymnasium Janka Krala (A levels)
2013- First Slovakwide Wine Exhibition in partnership with Concours Mondial Bruxelles
2012- Wine Marketing at Vino Tajna, B&T Chlebo, Vino Hajduch, Velkeer
2011- Wine Marketing at Sintavan
2008/2011- Wine Marketing at Vino Nitra
2007- Sommelier – Witchery Restaurant, Scotland
2006 – Sommelier – Cantina Vinopolis, London
2005/2006- Wine-producer at Family Company Vino Ondrejmiska
2004/2005 – Internship and supervisor at Wine- producer Michaela Jöbstl, Austria
2003/2004 -Internship at Wine- producer Karl Steininger, Austria
– official member of the international wine-tasting jury Mundus Vini (Germany)
– official member of the international wine-tasting jury CONCOURSE MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES ( Luxemburg, Portugal, Slovakia)
– official member of the international wine-tasting jury Mundus Vini Biofach (Germany)
– official member of the international wine-tasting jury Grand Prix Vinex (Czech Republic)
– official member of the national wine-tasting jury Slovakia
Manuel Herrera Coronado – Spain
He is the third generation of a family with strong links to wine. His grandfather was a well-known oenologist who consulted for established producers like Pérez Pascuas in Ribera del Duero.
Born in Madrid in 1975, Manuel trained as a sommelier and launched several wine-focused restaurants and bars until he decided to become a winemaker himself —2013 was his first vintage. He fell in love with Cigales after discovering some very old Garnacha which used to be diluted in the blends of local rosés. Around that time, Manuel started making wine in Madrid too. He owns seven hectares of vines in Cigales and rents nine more, most of them at 800m of altitude. Current production both in Madrid and Cigales stands close to 40,000 bottles.
Renè van Hoven – The Netherlands
Knowing this was not the end station, he then went to the Fontys Technical University in Amsterdam to learn more about F&B. Since he already knew the White Brigade side (kitchen), he chose to specialise in the Black Brigade side (restaurant).Here he got his Bachelor degree in Food & Beverage with also a second degree in teaching and
management skills. Knowing there was more to be found, he started a study in spirits so he could specialise in it and get a Liquorist degree, the highest in the Netherlands.
But no matter how much he knows about all sort of drinks, his true specialty will always be Rum! To get the highest knowledge of this product he took trips to Spain, Germany, England, USA, Barbados, Martinique, Guatemala and Panama. He did the whole process from cutting cane in the fields to distilling. Now he is working on the
aging process. These trips also lead to the writing of a Rum book: Journey to above the clouds. A book that explains the brand Zacapa.
Since 2000 he did several spirits and wine judging’s all over the world (Barbados, Miami, New York, Louisville, Berlin, Paris, London, Amsterdam) and now he is part of many yearly competitions including Rum Renaissance, IWSC, Rumfest Berlin and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Since he is also a qualified teacher het gave lectures
about several spirits in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, United States and Taiwan.
All these competitions made him decide to write about the products so people would understand what they were drinking. During the years he wrote for several magazines and internet like Whisky Passion, Drinks international and Just-Drinks. With contacts in the drinks business all over the world now he helps companies to export to or import from Europe.
Chris Alblas – The Netherlands
An old friend and Michelangelo stalwart, Chris lives and works in Amsterdan. He has been an official taster for the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles since 2008 in Blois/Loire and Bordeaux, and is the founder of the Societas Vinum Bonum Est, better known as “SVBE Wijnprofessionals”. He spends most of his time presenting wine courses for consumers, trade and restaurants (www.wijncursussen.nl) and specialises in organic and biodynamic wines(www.biowijn.info).
Chris completed qualified as Oenologist in 1991 from the Dutch Wine Academy. During that time he started writing articles for the retail and drinks magazine, Drinks Slijtersvakblad (magazine for retailers/wineshops, importers, “caviste”) and “Vinologica” a publication for members of the Dutch Association of Vinologen. He is chief-editor and owner of www.wijnjournaal.nl.
Since 2003 Chris has been lecturing at the Dutch Academy, specialising in the Loire and Alsace regions and in 2012 became a member of the editorial committee of the Dutch Wine Academy. He is also a member of the FIJEV (International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers).
In 2008 Chris was introduced as Prud’homme de la Jurade de Saint-Emilion and in 2009 chosen as member of the jury for the selection of organic wines in the Netherlands. He has also judged at Vinexpo , Concours des Vins du Val de Loire (Ligers) and was invited to judge for the Dubrovnik FestiWine Trophy (2014, 2015 and 2016).
Amanda Barnes – UK
Freelance Journalist: 2006 – Present
Freelance writer for international travel and wine publications including: Decanter, The Drinks Business, Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book (Chile correspondent), Hugh Johnson’s Wine Guide (South America correspondent), Vivino, The Guardian, Wines of Chile, Berry Bros, Wine-Searcher, The Tasting Panel, The Telegraph, Fodor’s travel guides (Chile & Argentina), and Time Out among others.
Sought-after specialist in South American wine since relocating to Mendoza, Argentina, in 2009. Founder & Editor, Around the World in 80 Harvests: 2016 – Present
Global project visiting 80 wine regions around the globe, in 42 countries, communicating why each region is unique through articles, videos and photography. http://www.80harvests.com
Awards: Born Digital Wine Award 2016. Millesima Blog Awards 2017.
Founder & Editor, The Squeeze Magazine: 2014 – Present
Wine and travel publication for Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. First digital english-language guide to the wineries and wines of each region. The company was selected by Start Up Chile in 2015 for their entrepreneur incubator program. http://www.thesqueezemagazine.com
Editor, Circle of Wine Writers: June 2017 – Present
Editor of the new online publication, The Circular, of the esteemed Circle of Wine Writers.
Editor, Wine Republic magazine: 2010 – 2015
Editor and writer for bi-monthly magazine in Mendoza, Argentina. Managed a team of editorial, advertising and distribution staff. Organised first annual wine tasting (and 2 consequent
Awards: Great Wine Capitals 2014 Gold Award & Category Winner.
Editor & Creator, Playground Buenos Aires magazine: 2014 – 2015
Amanda was headhunted by a VC to create new print magazine in Argentina’s capital and arm an
editorial, advertising and distribution team. 52-page bi-monthly magazine with 30,000 distribution.
Editor, Alton Post Gazette newspaper: 2007 – 2009
Started as a Junior Reporter, later Editor for weekly newspaper and two sister titles in Hampshire.
Education & Tasting Experience
Regular taster in panels, tasting events and press visits to wineries in Argentina and Chile mainly.
|1||Daniel Eduardo Lopez||Argentina|
|3||Sergio Correa Undurraga||Chile|
|10||Dermot Nolan WM||Ireland|
|11||Yair Kornblum Koren||Israel|
|24||Manuel Herrera Coronado||Spain|
|26||René van Hoven||Netherlands|