Judges Profiles

Mark Andrew MW

Noble Rot & Keeling & Andrew

Mark Andrew MW worked for a decade as a wine buyer before co-founding Noble Rot magazine with Dan Keeling in 2013. This led to the opening of Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant in Bloomsbury, Central London in 2015 (winner of ‘Best Wine List’ at the National Restaurant Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and ‘Best Red Wine List’ at the World Restaurant Awards in 2019), which will be followed by Noble Rot Soho in 2020. Mark is a lifelong Grecophile and regular visitor to Greece, who supports artisanal Greek wine whenever possible. He became a Master of Wine in 2017 after completing his research paper on Assyrtiko from Santorini.

Terry Kandylis
Head Sommelier

67 Pall Mall in London

Terry Kandylis was the UK Sommelier of the Year in 2016 and also the Greek Sommelier of the year 2015. He studied Physics in the University of Athens while working for some of the best restaurants in Greece after falling in love with wine. After moving to the UK, he began working for ‘The Fat Duck’. Terry completed the WSET Diploma and also passed the advanced level of the Court of Master Sommeliers exam and is currently preparing for his MS Diploma exams. He is now the Head Sommelier of the prestigious private member club 67 Pall Mall.

Kelli White
Senior Staff Writer

For Guildsomm, author of book Napa Wine Then & Now

Kelli White was most recently the Senior Staff Writer for GuildSomm, where her work won two Roederer Awards for excellence in wine writing. Prior to that, her work as a sommelier, first at New York City’s Veritas and then at PRESS in St. Helena, has been covered by many of the wine industry’s top publications, including Food & Wine, VinousThe Wine AdvocateThe Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle,

World of Fine Wine, and Forbes; in 2013 she was named one of Food & Wine’s top ten sommeliers in the country. Her writing has appeared in World of Fine Wine, Robb ReportSommelier Journal, Le Pan, and Vinous. At Vinous, Kelli was a key member of the maps team, and worked with famed Italian cartographer Alessandro Masnaghetti to map many of the appellations of Napa Valley. She made a brief appearance in 2015’s documentary Somm II: Into the Bottle and currently can be seen on multiple episodes of SommTV. Her book, Napa Valley, Then and Now, was released in November of 2015 and has received enormous critical acclaim, winning both the IACP award for Best New Wine, Beer, or Spirits Book and a Graphis design award. In October of 2016, Kelli led a wine tasting seminar at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA. She was nominated for Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year (2017) by Wine Enthusiast magazine, who then named her a top 40 Under 40 wine influencer in 2018. Most recently, she contributed to the 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine.

Stefan Neumann MS
Wine Director

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Stefan Neumann MS is Head Sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a two Michelin-star restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Hyde Park. He has comprehensive experience in the Michelin star world, previously working for restaurants The Fat Duck in Bray, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford, Restaurant Hotel Obauer in Salzburg, and Steirereck in Vienna. In 2014 he reached the final of the UK Sommelier of the Year competition, and three years later achieved the ultimate accolade of Master Sommelier.

Wojciech Bońkowski
Wine Writer

Editor in Chief Winicjatywa, author of 4 books

Wojciech Bońkowski is a wine writer from Poland, author of four wine books and editor-in-chief of the largest Polish wine medium with 600K readers yearly, Winicjatywa. In June 2017with fellow wine writers Ewa Rybak and Ewa Wieleżyńska, he launched Ferment, Poland’s new printed wine magazine. He regularly contributes to Meininger’s Wine Business International and www.timatkin.com, and is a Decanter World Wine Awards judge. He currently serves as President of the Polish Wine Trade Association and is a Stage 3 Master of Wine student. He specialises in the wines of Italy, Greece, Croatia, Central Europe, and Port. And he actually has another life in which he researches 19th-century music.

Gregory Michailos
Wine Consultant

Freelance writer, educator & contributor at Karakasis.mw

Gregory has been involved in the Greek gastronomy sector almost forever and he developed a love for wine in his family’s restaurant. In 2009 he became a WSET diploma graduate and after that he pursued wine as a full-time profession. He collaborates as a wine educator with Enterprise Greece and Wines of Greece in order to promote Greek wine in the export markets of Japan, Korea, China and Australia. He contributes in Grape Wine Stories magazine and Meininger’s wine Business International and he is a senior lecturer for WSPC – a Greek APP of WSET London – in all study levels. Along with Yiannis Karakasis MW they founded the wine blog winecommanders.com and now he contributes in Yiannis’ blog karakasis.mw. He is also co-organiser of the Peloponnese Wine Festival and Central Wine Fair exhibitions and since 2016 he collaborates with Mr.Vertigo a wine-cellar in the center of Athens.