Meet the judges

Once again this year’s judging panel will be entirely comprised of independent wine merchants, and overseen by David Williams.

We are currently recruiting 40 merchants to serve on our 2022 panel and will be announcing them here in the coming weeks.

Here are some of the names confirmed for this year. We are adding to the list all the time.

Dan Abbotts, CA Rookes, Stratford upon Avon

Chris and Lynsey Bain, Harris & Co, Castle Douglas

Grant Berry, Yapp Bros, Mere, Wiltshire

James Brown, The Wine Loft, Brixham

Chris Cassell, Must & Lees, London

Salvatore Castano, Friarwood, London

Deiniol ap Dafydd, Blas ar Fwyd, Conwy

Jean-Marc Delys and Philippa Friedman, Fauvette, Penarth

Louisa Fitzpatrick, Old Chapel Cellars, Truro

Tim Gardner and Nick Beedle, Gardner & Beedle, Tisbury, Wiltshire

Matt Hennings, Hennings, West Sussex

Simon Hill, Artisan Wines, Salisbury

Jon Horton, Addison Wines, Telford

Phil Innes and team, Loki, Birmingham

Andrew Lundy, Vino, Edinburgh

Archie McDiarmid, Luvians, St Andrews

Ben McVeigh, Peckham Cellars, London

Phil Matthews, J Wadsworth, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Dafydd Morris, Cheers, Swansea

Ray Nicholls, Ripponden Wine Company, West Yorkshire

Francis Peel, Whitebridge Wines, Stone, Staffordshire

David Porter, Lea & Sandeman, London

Rupert Pritchett and team, Taurus Wines, Surrey Hills

Victoria Rogers, Gauntleys, Nottingham

Stuart Rothwell, The Vineyard, Ramsbottom

Ted Sandbach and Emily Silva, The Oxford Wine Company

Sara Saunby and Bob McDonald, Salut Wines, Manchester

Jamie Smith, Tring Winery, Hertfordshire

Duncan Sime and Ola Dabrowska, Kwas, Huddersfield

Fitz Spencer, Honky Tonk Wine Library, Plymouth

Riaz Syed, Stonewines, Barnet

Alison Taffs, The Hop Inn, Hornchurch

Jane Van Rossum, Hay Wines, Herefordshire

Tim Watson, The Grape to Glass, Rhos-on-Sea

Hannah and Sadie Wilkins, Vineyards, Sherborne

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