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Judge Biographies

Andrew Wigan (Chairman & Panel Chair) is Chief Winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines and has been since 1980. Andrew has been chairman of the McLaren Vale Wine Show and has judged the Sydney Top 100, Clare Valley, Rutherglen, Riverland, Hunter, and Hyatt Advertiser Wine Shows. He was named the Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year for 2009.  This is Andrew’s third year as Chairman of the Limestone Coast Wine Show.

Jane Faulkner (Panel Chair) is a journalist by training and a wine writer by vocation. Melbourne-based, she worked at The Age newspaper for 20 years with her wine columns also appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald. She has worked in radio and television and her words can be read in James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine, on-line at Taste In Music and elsewhere while her website will be launched soon. She is an experienced wine judge, chairs numerous shows including chief of judges at the Australian Alternative Wine Variety Show.

Fongyee Walker (International Judge) is the co-founder of Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, Beijing’s first and fully independent wine consulting and education service, with Edward Ragg in 2007.

She is a Member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits and is also mainland China’s only Master of Wine exam candidate, having passed the theory section already.  She is now a specialist wine educator (in English and Mandarin) and wine consultant as well as a WSET Certified Wine Educator and is largely responsible for Dragon Phoenix having become mainland China’s most successful WSET provider by results as well as being the first WSET educator to offer the demanding WSET level 4 Diploma classes in Mainland China.

Walker has also written articles for Drink Magazine (Shanghai), Wine Review, Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, and Fine Wine & Liquor (China) and acts as a blind-tasting panellist for RVF China and Wine in China amongst Chinese wine magazines. Walker has been visiting winemaker at Brown Bros. Winery in Australia and in 2010, she was one of only 13 people worldwide chosen to attend the Landmark Wine Tutorial.

She has judged at numerous wine competitions including the London International Wine Challenge, the Hong Kong International Wines and Spirits Competition and has been guest international judge in such shows as the Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2011, Hawke’s Bay Wine Show 2012, the Qantas Western Australia Wine Show 2012 and the Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA) 2013. She recently appeared in the documentary Red Obsession  about Chinese appetite for Bordeaux and has been featured in CNN’s On China: Wine in China programme. 

Stuart Watson (Judge) has been winemaker for Woodlands Wines since 2002.  Woodlands was established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson, and was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in Margaret River.  Woodlands’ wines have been well awarded in local and national wine shows over the decades, and continue to garner critical acclaim, including being listed in the Langtons Classification of Fine Wines.  Stuart is a Len Evans scholar, and has judged at local and national shows, as well as contributing to the Margaret River Wine Show Committee for many years.

David Morris (Judge) is a 5th generation winemaker from Morris Winery Rutherglen Vic.  Morris Wines are world renowned for their fortified wines, and regularly win top awards at wine shows throughout the country and internationally.  David is a highly experienced wine show judge, having chaired many shows over the years.

 Patrick White (Judge) – Currently a consultant Sommelier whose career has been in the restaurant industry, primarily in Sydney, for the past twenty years, progressively specialising in wine service, working full time as a Sommelier for the past 14 years, first at Luke Mangan’s Salt Restaurant in Darlinghurst for five years, then the last eight years as head Sommelier at Otto Restaurant in Woolloomooloo.   Was the NSW state finalist for the Negociants Working with Wine Fellowship in 2008. In 2010, travelled to London and successfully passed the Advanced Certificate offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers. At the time of passing, was one of only three people in Australia to have achieved the accreditation. 2010 Len Evans Tutorial Scholar. 2011 winner of the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine New Wine Writer award. Subsequently had a number of feature articles published in the magazine. Associate Judge 2011 & ’12 at the Royal Sydney Wine Show. Judge ar the Royal Sydney, 2013 & ’14. Judge at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2013 & ‘14