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Bob Betz MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Bob Betz MW Bob Betz MW is the consulting winemaker of Betz Family Winery in Washington State, a company he and his wife established in 1997; he currently also consults for a number of other North American west coast [...]
Christopher Bates MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Christopher Bates MSChristopher Bates MS Christopher Bates MS has spent over 15 years in all aspects of the hospitality industry. Christopher and his wife Isabel own and operate F.L.X. Hospitality & F.L.X. Wienery. Previously as General Manager & Executive Chef [...]
Yiannis Karakasis MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Yiannis Karakasis MWYiannis Karakasis MW Yiannis Karakasis MW was born in Athens, Greece. Before joining the wine industry, he was a helicopter pilot for the Hellenic Navy. He became a Master of Wine in 2015. He is the [...]
St-Julien's top wines are ripe but balanced in 2018.See scores for all St-Julien 2018 wines tasted so far The ripest Cabernets many estates have seen Château Ducru-Beaucaillou's weather station showed rainfall was 75mm down on the 30-year average from 1 November 2017 to 21 October 2018, and 39mm down during the Bordeaux [...]
Chris Kissack is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Chris KissackChris Kissack Chris Kissack is the author of, a subscription website which he has been publishing since 2000. He has focused on Bordeaux and the Loire for many years, and has been a frequent visitor to both [...]
Majestic will change its name to Naked Wines plc and is keen to invest more in online sales. Plans to raise funds for both online sales and the Naked Wines business arm could see Majestic Wine offload its entire, 200-strong retail store network in the UK. ‘This is one of a [...]
Elvis Ziakos is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Elvis ZiakosElvis Ziakos Elvis Ziakos is Head Sommelier at The Greenhouse restaurant in London. Starting his career in his native Greece, Ziakos completed sommelier studies at the Le Monde Institute in Athens and worked as Head Sommelier at Kohylia [...]
Arabella Woodrow MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Arabella Woodrow MWArabella Woodrow MW Arabella Woodrow MW joined the wine trade in 1979 after leaving university with a BA and a D Phil in biochemistry. She worked first in the fine wine division of Harveys of Bristol, [...]
The starting gun for the 2018 Bordeaux futures campaign officially sounded last week with the release of Château Angélus, one of St.-Emilion's most recognizable names. With the VinExpo convention in Bordeaux arriving earlier this year, and the crystal ball on market perception on the wines looking slightly murky, producers are [...]
The aerial photos look pretty, but there was nothing pleasurable for Burgundy vintners during the long nights of April 4 and 5 and again over the weekend of April 13 as they banded together to fight a potentially damaging spring frost. In some vineyards, countermeasures or good luck prevented extensive [...]
Class is in session—until midnight. That might sound like drudgery, but it's all part of the lesson plan for hospitality students eager to gain experience in real restaurant settings—the elite somms and ace chefs of the next generation. At many universities, the future tastemakers enrolled in hospitality and culinary programs [...]
Bordeaux could be excused for feeling smug in the wake of the annual barrel tastings introducing the 2018 vintage, the world's first chance to taste the wines before futures go on sale. Early reports compare the wines to recent excellent vintages.Wine Spectator's lead taster for Bordeaux, James Molesworth, has spent [...]