Chairman of Judges

Cameron Douglas MS – Master Sommelier, New Zealand

Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant.

He lives his life around his enthusiasm for all things beverage – teaching, travelling, tasting and talking. He judges and presents wine regularly in the USA, the UK, Australia and Asia.

At home in NZ he writes regular monthly columns for Hospitality Business and FMCG Business Magazines, also publishing a bi-annual magazine; and contributes to a number of other publications. He reviews wines and makes his notes available on his website both to the wineries and the public, as a courtesy to the Industry.

As a professional Sommelier, Cameron spends much of his time involved in education – academically in charge of the Wine and Beverage Program at AUT University in Auckland, and ‘out in the field’, consulting for the Wine, Hotel & Restaurant, Tourism sectors, and the interested public. He is on the Fine Wines of New Zealand Masters team, making selections for Air New Zealand Business Premier class.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, and is committed to being an instructor and examiner for the MS program both in the USA and Oceania. When he earned his MS credentials, it was as the first in New Zealand (in fact, at the time, the first in the Southern Hemisphere) and he took out the trophy for the top marks

2019 Judging Panel

judges

Alison Eisermann MW Wine Maker and Wine Educator, NSW - Panel Chair

Alison completed her Oenology degree at Charles Sturt University while working as an agricultural educator. In 2013 Alison qualified as a Master of Wine. Early wine industry roles included winery cellar hand, wine retail, lecturing and vineyard operations including establishing and managing a 110ha vineyard and boutique winery in Central NSW. After relocating to Sydney Alison continued wine making, vineyard consulting, wine lecturing and judging throughout Australia, the US and UK International Wine and Spirit Competition and as a Panel Chair for the past 11 years at the International Wine Challenge. She is a lecturer at the Sydney Wine Academy and the Degree course at the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, Sydney and Asia Wine Service and Education Centre Hong Kong and China. In her spare time she manages her vineyard and guesthouse in Huon Valley Tasmania.

 

Jane FaulknerWine Writer, Victoria - Panel Chair

Jane Faulkner is a journalist by training and a wine writer by vocation. She contributes to numerous publications including Halliday magazine and Gourmet Traveller WINE, and is a reviewer for Australia’s leading wine guide, Halliday Wine Companion. She’s also an experienced wine judge and has chaired numerous shows. Born in Malaysia, lives in Melbourne, Jane never tires of travelling throughout the wine world including Australia for months on end in search of stories and wines from inspirational, thoughtful producers. Other than that, she drinks with gusto.

Celine Rousseau -  Winemaker Eden Road Wines, NSW

As International Winemaker, French native and Australian, Celine has 25 years experience in the wine industry in France and Australia. Born and raised near Paris but with family origins from Saumur in the Loire Valley, Celine completed a Diploma of Enology at the Bordeaux Institute of Enology and a Master’s of Winemaking and Marketing in Champagne. She has worked at G.H Mumm, at AXA Millesime Chateaux such as Suduiraut and Villa Bel-Air then at Chateau La Louviere in the Bordeaux regions.

In Australia she worked at Pierro (Margaret River)and Hainault (Perth Hills) before accepting the position of Head Winemaker at Chalkers Crossing (Hilltops) in 1999 where she set up the winery from scratch. In 2017, Celine joined Eden Road Wine Company (Canberra District). She loves making Riesling and cool climate Shiraz from the Canberra District. She makes wines with purity and finesse that reflect the “terroir”, which is why she enjoys so making and judging Rieslings

Steve Baraglia Senior Winemaker Pikes Wines, SA

Born and raised in the Barossa Valley, the wine industry was always a big part of Steve’s life. From an early age Steve was involved with working in the family’s small vineyard at Williamstown, which ultimately lead to a career in the wine industry. After finishing an Oenology degree and a Viticultural diploma at the University of Adelaide he took up a position at Pikes in 2003 where he is currently the Senior Winemaker.  He is passionate about making wine and loves working with Riesling, a variety well suited to the Clare Valley. His approach to make Riesling is careful management in the vineyard to create a balanced canopy then minimal winemaking intervention, trying to capture the specific vineyard site. Steve and his family live on their small vineyard property at Sevenhill, he is also the winemaker (and a partner) for Naked Run and Place in Time Wines. 

Anne Krebiehl MWWine Writer, London UK

German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer and lecturer. She is the contributing editor for Austria, Alsace and England for the US Wine Enthusiast and publishes also in trade and consumer wine publications. She lectures, consults, translates and judges at international wine competitions. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2010 and was admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine in September 2014. Anne has helped to harvest and make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy

 

Fongyee Walker MW – Director, Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting, Beijing

Based in Beijing since 2007, Fongyee is mainland China’s first and only Master of Wine. She is the co-founder of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting, one of China's most successful wine education companies, and a specialist wine educator and consultant in English and Mandarin. She has been guest international judge for the Sydney and Melbourne Royal Wine Shows, IWC London, AWOCA (Wines of Chile), and the Old Mutual Trophy South Africa, among others. Fongyee has written for Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, among other media; was a significant contributor to the film Red Obsession and has appeared as a commentator on Chinese wine on CNN. She is the presenter of Wok ’n’ Wine, a show on food and wine matching in China which has, at latest count, over 4 million viewers in mainland China.

 

Associate judges

Daniel Hetherington - Winemaker Capel Vale Wines, winner 2018 Encouragement Award, WA

Tim Pelquest-Hunt -  Winemaker Pernod Ricard Winemakers, SA

Carla Rodeghiero -  Sapling Yard Wines, NSW