Judges Profiles

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Caro Maurer MW

Journalist and Wine educator
In 2011 Caro Maurer MW became the first female Master of Wine from the German speaking countries. Since more than 25 years Caro is working as a wine writer. Caro also works as a wine educator for WSET Diploma in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bordeaux, Tuscany and Norway. She is deeply involved in the education of MW students at the Institute of Masters of Wine where she is also chair of the Admission Committee and member of the Council. Furthermore Caro is hosting educational seminars and tastings for numerous generic wine associations such as Wines of Alentejo or VDP. She is judging in international wine competitions, at Decanter WWA in London she is a panel chair. Besides, Caro is consulting the wine buying team of Edeka, Germany’s biggest supermarket chain.

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Demetri Walters MW

Wine Consultant
Demetri Walters MW is an independent wine consultant, wine educator and presenter, who formerly held both retail and trade-orientated positions for almost 20 years with the prestigious Berry Bros. & Rudd. He possesses many years of experience selling wine, providing product training, running wine schools, as well as hosting professional, corporate & private wine tasting events to groups of all sizes, all over the world, hosts wine shows and documentaries on television, and is a seasoned international wine judge. Demetri was made a Master of Wine in 2013, his thesis for which brought him back to his formative interest in Cypriot wine. He is a consultant voice for numerous wine regions, particularly those of the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, and is a regular speaker on sweet and fortified wines.

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Lenka Sedlackova MW

Senior Brand Manager at Bancroft Wines
Lenka Sedlackova is originally from the Czech Republic but lives in the UK, where she works as Senior Brand Manager for importer Bancroft Wines, looking after Greece amongst others. She is a regular judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards and has judged at other international competitions. Lenka became a Master of Wine in 2016, with a specialty in Cava, a subject she has lectured on. Her annual visits to Greece, over many years, have helped her foster and nurture a passion for Greek wine

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Mark Andrew MW

Co-Owner 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.

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Stefan Neumann MS

Wine Consultant
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.

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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.