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Top Judges for London Wine Competition

Top sommeliers and buyers sign up to judge London Wine Competition.

As the entry process for the London Wine Competition closes on February 22 here are the wine industry professionals lined up to judge them. You can enter here.

Any drinks competition is only as good as the judges and the judging process behind them.

This is why since it was launched six years ago the London Wine Competition has worked hard year by year to build up a network of professional judges that each have direct wine-buying responsibilities and are responsible for deciding what wines are listed by the businesses they work for.


Wine trade professionals know what it takes for a wine to make it on a list and then stay there. Judging panels made up of top sommeliers, leading wine buyers, merchants, importers, suppliers, and Masters of Wine.

The 2023 London Wine Competition is to judge by

Joseph Arthur: Senior Wine Buyer at Marks & Spencer

Angelo Altobelli: Beverage Manager at Dinings SW3

Federico Antonio Moccia: Head Sommelier at 67 Pall Mall

Daniele Arcangeli: Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe

Vincenzo Arnese: Head Sommelier at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Dario Barbeto: Head of Wine Department and Training at Individual Restaurants

Wayne Baxendale: Head Sommelier and Wine Hospitality

Jonny Tyson Beecher: Assistant Head Sommelier at La Trompette

Lorenzo Beltrame: Head Sommelier for Santo Mare Restaurant

Beatrice Bessi: Head Sommelier at Chiltern Firehouse

Claire Blackler MW: Owner of Claire Drinks and Master of Wine, Wine & Spirits Educator and Consultant

Beverley Blanning MW: Educator & Presenter

Alessandro Bonazzi: Wine & Spirits Buyer at Whole Foods Market HSK

Beans Boughton MW: Master of Wine and Buyer at Alliance Wine

Filippo Carnevale: Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at Amethyst Dining, London

Biagio Castaldo: Restaurant Head Sommelier at Maison Estelle

Salvatore Castano: On Trade Advisor & Assistant Wine Buyer at Friarwood Fine Wine and Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa ASI 2021

Michele Cortese: Sales Account Manager at Berkmann Wine Cellars

Giuseppe D'Aniello : Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at The London EDITION

Christopher Delalonde MS: Head of Wines at Hakkasan Group

Richard Dennis: Commercial Director, Watermill Wines Ltd.

Yves Desmaris MS: Master Sommelier and Head Sommelier at Royal Automobile Club

Eugenio Egorov: Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at The Stafford London

Michele Fazari: Head Sommelier at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Ramiro Fernandez: Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at Midsummer House Restaurant

Miguel Angel Gomez Cabrera: Head Sommelier at The Clove Club

Will Hill: Wine Buyer and Merchandiser at Honest Grapes

Georgios Iordanidis: Head of Wine at Annabel’s, The Birley Clubs

Martin Kleveta: Assistant Head Sommelier at HIDE

Marco Laccarino: Head of Wine At Berkeley at Maybourne Hotel Group

Matthieu Longuere MS: Wine Development Manager at Le Cordon Bleu

William Lowe MW: Co-founder & Master Distiller at The Cambridge Distillery

Andre Luis T Martins: Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer

Svetoslav Manolev MS: Fine Wine Manager at Berkmann Wine Cellars

Peter Mitchell MW: Wine Director at Jeroboams Group

Matteo Montone MS: World best young sommelier 2019 Chaine de Rôtisseurs, Wine Director at Edition, London

Sara Muirhead MW: Wine Consultant

Roberta Neave: Category Buying Manager at Wine and Soft Drinks at Star Pubs & Bars

Joanna Nerantzi: Head Sommelier at Canaves Oia Resorts Santorini

Antonio Palmarini: Sommelier at Beaverbrook Townhouse, London

Daniele Palomba : Head Sommelier at Annabel’s

Stefano Pasqual: Head Sommelier at Gordon Ramsay Group

Richard Perugi: Key Account Manager at Raventós Codorníu

Emanuel Pesqueira: Head Sommelier at Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay

Adam Porter MW: Master of Wine

Loris Propedo: Wine Buyer at Mondial Wine Ltd

Michael Raebel : Owner and Sommelier at Villa Münchbach Lüneburger Heide

Adam Ramic: Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer at The Lanesborough

Kathrine Larsen Robert MS: Premium Wine Ambassador at Enotria Winecellars Ltd

Stefano Rossomando: Business Development Manager at Oeno Group

David Round MW: Head of Wine at Pix, Director at Big Fish Little Fish

Mattia Scarpazza : Wine Podcaster & PR and Advertising Strategist at Looking into Wine and Head Sommelier at Petersham Nurseries

Elena Serban: Head Sommelier and Buyer at ZUMA Restaurants

Chiara Sieni : Assistant Manager at Rise & Vine

Julio Sierra: Head Sommelier at D&D London

Savvas Symeonidis: Head Sommelier of Oblix at the Shard

Lorenzo Tonelli: Maison Estelle Club Deputy Head Sommelier at Maison Estelle and Estelle Manor

Valeriya Toteva: Assistant Head Sommelier at Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Adriana Valentini: Head of Beverage at Oxford and Cambridge Club

Demetri Walters MW: Wine Consultant, Educator & Presenter

Eric Zwiebel MS: Executive Head Sommelier at Summer Lodge hotel and Red Carnation Group. 

How to enter

The entry process for the London Wine Competition ends on February 22. Here’s how to enter:

For London Wine Competition

1. Register here to create your account.

2. Login with your details. Complete your company profile.

3. Enter the details of wines that you want to enter in the competition.

Cost to enter:  £120 per product

Quantity Discount

4 to 9 entries: 10% discount

10 to 14 entries: 15% discount

15 or more entries: 20% discount

To enter the London Wine Competition click here.

Call for domestic and international submission is now open for London Wine Competition. Enter your wines before 31 August 2024 to get super early bird pricing. Register now and ship later to save.

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