Susie is a TV presenter, wine writer, event host and consultant, who together with her husband, Peter Richards MW is renowned for her enthusiastic, thoughtful and articulate style. Susie is a well-known face on Flagship BBC1 show Saturday Kitchen. Together with Peter, Susie has been waving the flag for English and Welsh wines for many years, and were awarded ‘EWP Communicator of the Year’ in 2015. Susie is one of the only 72 women MWs of the total 370 MWs in the world.
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OZ CLARKE – Co-Chair
Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age. Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today.
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Hamish has been working at the Tate as wine buyer for more than 11 years. Since joining as sommelier in late 1997, he has worked his way up to beverage buyer for the Tate's nine sites, including the Tate Modern, St Ives and Liverpool, and is now an integral part of the business. Hamish is also a regular wine columnist in consumer and trade press, including the Telegraph Saturday magazine
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David is Senior Sommelier at Hotel du Vin, currently at their luxury boutique hotel in Newcastle.
Sam started her career in wine as soon as she left university, which included Majestic Wine Warehouse then wholesalers John Armit and as tastings co-ordinator at Wine Magazine and finally buyer at Direct Wines. In 2011 Sam passed her Master of Wine exams, winning The Madame Bollinger Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practical Paper. Sam now has her ; she is own wine tasting consultancy, private and corporate events companyalso one of The Wine Gang and appears on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen as one of the resident wine experts.
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Sue is one of the three winemakers at Marks & Spencer and has been in their wine buying team for more than twenty years. Sue specialises in wines from Spain, Portugal, South Africa and the Champagne and Burgundy regions France, as well as their range of some 30 English still and sparkling wines. This includes masterminding the blending of wines for their own label English wines.
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Harry is the wine correspondent for Country Life. Wine has always been part of his life; his father was a wine merchant.
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Richard is a wine writer, educator and consultant. Most of his work is published on, where he started back in 2008. Richard also writes a regular wine column for trade publication Off Licence News and his articles have also appeared in Noble Rot, The Financial Times, Decanter, The Drinks Business, World of Fine Wine. Additionally, Richard regularly hosts wine dinners and tutored tastings, as well as teaching masterclasses and WSET courses for wine professionals and corporate clients.
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Alex joined the wine trade as a van driver for Oddbins while studying at Oxford, where he captained the Varsity Blind Tasting Team, and the wine trade has been his career ever since he left university. In 2006 he joined Berkmann Wine Cellars, where he is currently Purchasing Director. Alex has contributed articles to Decanter, World of Fine Wine and the trade magazine The Drinks Business, and is a seasoned wine judge both in the UK and overseas. Since February 2012, he has written a regular column for
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Rebecca is associate director and wine buyer at Corney & Barrow. Her previous wine trade career saw her working for Laithwaites and Bibendum. Her extensive knowledge of wine buying from around the world, includes England. She is also a judge at other notable wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards.
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Pierpaolo Petrassi is Head of Buying for Beers, Wines and Spirits at Waitrose. Born in London of Italian parents he holds dual Italian and British citizenship. He followed his father into the wine industry in 1983 and having worked for the Carnevale Group, International Wine Services, Waverley TBS & Tesco, he joined Waitrose in 2010. Pierpaolo was the first Italian to become a Master of Wine.
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Philip has been in the wine business for 30 years, starting out in the wine trade in 1986, working with Avery's of Bristol. The drive to pass the MW exams led him to work in a number of wineries in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, California and Italy, eventually returning to the UK in 1993 to help establish the "New" Hatch Mansfield with Mark Calver and Patrick McGrath MW, where he is currently the Wine Director. Philip passed the MW exam in 1999.