Jury members
Ai Jinzhong China

Deputy General Manager and Chief Engineer of Beijing Red Star Co., Ltd.

Alberto Constain Colombia

Alberto Constain Cenzano leads the second generation of the Constain family, known within the Colombian Spirits industy for more than 45 years. Alberto has participated in the development and successful launch – in more than 24 countries- of craft spirits such as Ron Coloma, Aguardiente Jubilo, and Parce Rum

Alejandra Anderson Diaz Mexico

Mezcal and agave spirits taster. Director of the Mezcal Museum of Durango. President of Mujeres del Mezcal, Maguey y Destilados de México Association for the State of Durango.

Alexandra Bernet France

Business and Marketing Manager at L’Exlorateur du Goût

Américo Pereira Portugal

Sommelier, Wine-spirits & Cigar Educator, Hotel School and Food pairing Educator. Distributor of wine and Spirits – Funchal – Madeira

Andrea Ferrari Italy

Owner and Founder of Hidden Spirits, an Italian independent bottler, that selects and bottles whisky and rum under the labels Hidden Spirits (whisky) and The Wild Parrot (Rum). Prior to founding the company, he worked as a Consultant in some wine and spirits company in the north of Italy. He was also Whisky blogger for Italian readers

Anne Jones United Kingdom

Category Manager for wines, spirits and beers at Waitrose

Arthur Nägele Austria

Founding member of the Spirits Academy of Austria and Switzerland. WSET educator in german language, very active with many trainings given to sommeliers, bartenders…. Member of the gin’s guild UK

Barash Musa Bulgaria

Master Distiller and Managing Owner of XKK JSC-Isperih Distillery. Specializes in fruit distillation and ambitious to help turning rakia into the next big thing in the spirits industry.

Beizhong Han China

Professor, the Collage of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agriculture University; Ph.D in Food Technology, Wageningen University

Bernard Burtschy France

Wine and spirits journalist writing for titles such as Le Figaro, l’Amateur de Bordeaux, GaultMillau, La Revue du Vin de France and Wands. He is a permanent member of the Grand Jury Européen. Co-founder of TasteSpirits Shanghai

Bruno Pilzer Italy

Grappa Consultant. Head of Distillery Bruno Pilzer. Fondazione E.Mach Istituto Agrario San Michele all’ Adige TN

Bruno Sanfilippo France

Vinolux Representative

Carl Kanto Guyana

Chemist, distiller, rum savant, journalist.

Carlo Dugo Italy

Founder and CEO of Enosis Ltd Co. Italian ambassador at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Italian ambassador at Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Carlos Armando Borboa Suárez Mexico

Sommelier and specialized wine & spirits journalist – Columnist for El Universal Newspaper Mexico City – Educator in wine at the Mexican Sommelier Association and for the Master of Wine at CESSA Universidad Mexico City – Wine and spirits consultant

Cheng Jinsong China

Baijiu Expert and Duty-Director of National Center for food quality supervision and inspection

Christian Drouin France

Christian Drouin is a representative member of IDAC (Institut des appellations cidricoles – Normandie – France) and he spent most of his life to turn the stock of Calvados. He has published a number of books on Calvados

Christian Vergier France

French Flying Rum Maker. Spirits Consultant for many rum, whisky and gin brands. Independent Master blender. Oenologist and wine maker in Burgundy.

Christopher Pellegrini United States

Co-Founder at Honkaku Imports

Chryssoula Konstantina Kyriakopoulou Greece

Chief editor of the wine and spirits magazine Athinorama, responsible for bar awards. Judge member for wines & spirits.

Daniel Picciotto Kassin Colombia

Chemical Engineer and Oenologist, President of Casa Pedro Domecq Colombia

Darko Angeleski Bulgaria

President of the Association of Bartenders of Macedonia

Davide Terziotti Italy

Writer and Blogger – Co-Founder Distillerie.it – Craftdistilling.it – Whiskyclub – Rum club and Spirit Club Italia

Derek Sandhaus United States

Author of the book « The Essentiel Guide of chinese spirits » and more recently “Drunk in China”. Brand Ambassador of Ming River baijiu

Didier Noel Mauritius

Chairman of the Rum producers association of Mauritius. Commercial Director of Gray’s Rum.

Dimitri Hindryckx Belgium

Spirits Distributor – Founder of Angel’s Share Tasting

Dominic Roskrow United Kingdom

International spirits writer specialising in whisky. Editor of Cask Magazine and Whisky Quarterly, and former Editor of Whisky Magazine and features Editor of Whisky Advocate. He has written 16 books. He is a freelance writer and his most recent article was for National Geographic. He is a Keeper of the Quaich for services to Scotch whisky, and a Kentucky Colonel for his contribution to the bourbon industry.

Elana Effrat United States

Spirits Brand Manager in NY and NJ for Martin Scott Wines, a member of the Winebow Group. She has been recognized for her commitment to supporting craft distilleries and is a recognized spirits judge for ADI, Taste of New York and International New York Spirits Competition. She also holds accreditations from the Armagnac Academy, Certification T from the CRT and a spirits certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Elena Dimitrova Neykova Bulgaria

Marketing, PR and Special Events consultant – Wine and Spirits Educator (WSET) – Whisky and Gin Ambassador Courses

Emmanuel Becheau France

Director at Rhum Expert & Manager Héritiers Crassous de Médeuil – Rhum JM Martinique

Emmanuel Boudaric France

International Sales Manager at Tonnellerie Quintessence – ISC

Emmanuele Brocatelli Italy

Owner of DRINK|IT – bottled cocktails consultant for Caffè Propaganda start up at Collegio. Co-owner and founder of 47 Barrato and Cocktail d’Autore – Barmanager at Hotel Majestic Rome – Project manager and Start up at Stazione di Posta

Fabien Radet Belgium

Director at Cave Saint Jacques SPRL

Franco Santini Italy

Journalist at Live Communication Group Srl

Gary Itkin United States

General Manager & Buyer – Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, NYC. In Retail Wine & Spirits sales since 1995 .

Giorgi Samanishvili Georgia

Oenologist – Wine and Spirits Consultant – Expert on PDIs and PGOs of Wines and Spirits

Giorgi Tevzadze Georgia

Wine and Spirits Expert, Giorgi is the founder and master distiller of Riravo Distillery, and a pioneer of today’s craft distilling movement in Georgia. He is the oenologist and founder of Tevza Winery, an adviser to the Chairman of the National Wine Agency. He studied viticulture and Enology in both Georgia and the Davis Universtiy in California

Giuseppe Perrone Italy

Co-organizer of Roma Whisky Festival – Owner Whisky & Co in Rome

Hai Wang China

Head of Fenjiu Factory I-Storage and Blending

Helmut Barro Germany

On his blog, which is one of the few independent specialist blogs on spirits written in German, Helmut Barro writes about all kinds of spirits. A special focus is always put on how to use spirits to make good cocktails. His special interests also include the historical, production-related, and legal fundamentals of spirits

Hugues Amesland France

Owner and Founder of Le Rounagle, a Gasconny wine and spirits producer of organic wines, Armagnac and French whiskies single malt. He was the CEO of Armagnac Samalens for several years

Ian Burrell United Kingdom

Global ambassador at The Rum Experience Co ltd

Isadora Fornari Brazil

Beverage service consultant & specialist in spirits, brazilian craft products and a promoter of her country’s flavors. Researcher about Brazilian woods, she is a consultant in many bars in partnership with bartenders as Jean Ponce, Alex Mesquita e Adriana Pino, and has worked together with two of the most renowned brazilian chefs Bel Coelho and Ana Luisa Trajano. She is a script consultant to GloboSat for the very first cachaça tv series. She’s collumnist at the brazilian gastronomic magazine “Prazeres da Mesa”

Jaime Villalobos Mexico

Tequila Master Taster by the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Tequilera. Founder member of the Mexican Academy of Tequila, Vino and Mezcal tasters. Tequila Author.

James Baxter United Kingdom

Owner, Craft Distilling Services Ltd. Jamie Baxter has worked in the food and drink industry for around 35 years and since 2006 has built 30 distilleries earning himself the dubious title of Godfather of UK Craft Distilling. He has developed well over 80 gin recipes that are sold commercially and has pioneered the development of distilleries as immersive customer experiences

Jean-Luc Braud France

Engineer for Innovation – Technical assistance of wines and spirits group Remy Cointreau – Spirit Drink Consultant

Jennifer Gardener United Kingdom

Sipormix – Spirits Distributor in UK


Jesús Bernad Spain

Director at Planeta Hedonista

Jie Zhong China

Founder and Consultant, Sichuan Yuankun Education Technology Co., Ltd. Advisor of the Chinese National Alcohol Testing and Inspection Center-Luzhou Branch

Johan Venter South Africa

Johan Venter is at present the Group General Manager of the Centre of Excellence Intrinsic department of Distell Ltd in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is a Technical Expert with more than thirty-five years intense experience in the Global liquor industry

John Isacs United States

Wine and spirits columnist for Shanghai Daily Newspaper, China People’s Publications Z Mag, Money Journal China and others – China wine and spirits communications and business development consultant

Johnny Schuler Peru

Pisco Expert: President of the Cofradía Nacional de Catadores del Perú, CEO La Caravedo Distillery, Master Distiller, owner Key Club Restaurant , President Pisco Committee ADEX, Author

José Rafael Arango Ordóñez Colombia

Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Cavaleiro cofrade honorario do Vinho do Oporto. Wine and spirits columnist. Certified Sherry Educator. Wine Author.

Julia Kostadinova Bulgaria

Editor-in-chief of the leading wine media in Bulgaria – DiVino. Founder of the competition « The Best Bulgarian Wine of the Year »

Julien Guillaume France

R&D Manager – Spirits Category – Grands Chais de France Group – Winemaker at Cellier du Muhlbach

Jürgen Schmücking Austria

Wine journalist and author – Chair of Slow Food Salzburg

Klaus Wurm Germany

German Master distiller and founder of Märkische Spezialitätenbrennerei KG in Hagen. He is an distilling expert in whisky, gin, rum vodka, fruit brandies and liqueurs. His products have already won many of international awards

Kristian Kielmayer Hungary

Owner at Kielmayer Consulting

Laura Noguera Mexico

General director at Impulso Sostenible Agavería AC. Writer, researcher, taster and columnist of agave spirits.

Laurence Marot France

Journalist specialised in the world of the spirits, cocktails and beers, columnist for severals magazines : Barmag, L’Express, Rumporter. She writes a lot of articles about spirits trends, distilleries, bars and actors of the world of spirits, cocktails and beer from all around the world

Leila Salimbeni Italy

Editorial director of Spirito diVino – Editor-in-chief of Passione Gourmet and regular contributor of Pambianco Wine & Food and other magazines, she is an enthusiast of wine and spirits matters from childhood

Li Wang China

Chief Engineer Kweichow Moutai Group

Lilian Wolfelsberger Canada

Owner and master distiller of the Distillery of Montreal

Lizhen Zhang China

Professor, Ph.D,Vice Chairman of School of Life Science, Shanxi University

Marc Darroze France

Chairman of the “Bureau National des producteurs d’Armagnac” – Owner of the “Armagnac Darroze” house

Marco Callegari Italy

Trade Marketing Manager at Velier SPA

Margarita Levieva Bulgaria

Editor in Chief Vine & Wine Association

Mauricio Maia Brazil

Chef, Cachaça specialist and sommelier, Level 2 degree in spirits WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust), London, blogger of “O Cachacier” at Paladar on the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo” and President of “Cúpula da Cachaça”. One of the most requested speakers about cachaça in the world

Mi Yeun Hong South Korea

CEO at Icotrade – Wine writer – Columnist – Sommelier

Nicolas Bourdais France

Writer in charge of a column of the leading rum magazine Rumporter

Olivier Chapt France

CEO of Laboratoire Gensac Oenologie

Paul Dempsey United Kingdom

International Commercial Manager & Ambassador for an Independently owned Scotch Whisky distillery. Former UK distributor & brand manager for premium international spirit brands, Scotch & Japanese whiskies, and Wine.

Paul Mathew United Kingdom

Director at Bloodandsand Limited

Peijie Han China

Assistant Researcher, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Peng Guo China

Founder of Shanghai Premier Spirits Co. Ltd, Cognac Educator, Sommelier, Ambassador of Bordeaux Grand Cru Classés 1855, Master 2 in management and commerce of spirits.

Qiang Yang China

Director of Jinpai Distillery Technology Center

Robin Robinson United States

Founder of Robin Robinson LLC, boutique consultancy dedicated to growing and sustaining samll spirit brands, providing education and training to the wholesale tier.
Worked also for Compass Box Whisky Company as US Brand Manager/Sales Maanger and Brand Ambassador. He is also a spirits instructor and business lecturer in NYC

Rodrigo Flores Chile

Official Pisco Ambassador Chile. Pisco Interactive Museum Co-founder and Secretary. Permanent invitee to the national roundtable discussion on the annual Pisco agenda. Pisco Expert and Consultant to Coquimbo Regional Chamber of Tourism. Wine and Pisco Former at OenoMixologia

Rojita Tiwari India

Founder and Director at Drinks & Destinations LLP

Sanath Wasantha Sri Lanka

His forte being Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Management he has only worked in the Alco-Bev industry throughout his 20 + year career in various positions. Sanath is based out of Maldives working with the world’s top hotel chains such as Hilton, Four Seasons, Marriotts, IGH etc.’ by providing solutions to their various F&B programmes and driving experimental by bringing latest trends into the market and through innovation.

Scott Rosenbaum United States

Spirits Strategist at T. Edward Wines. NY University Adjunct Lecturer, Hudson County Community College Adjunct Lecturer for teaching Food and Culture, International Wine Center Lecturer – WSET. Specialized in Food Pairing (fortified wines, spirits, cocktails)

Seong Woon Yoo South Korea

Whisky Writer & Journalist Author of Singlemalt whisky bible Committee, member of Whisky Live in Seoul. Judge at Korean Wine & Spirits Awards.

Shuang Chen China

Associate Professor, Ph.D of Jiangnan University-School of Biotechnology

Shumin Zhao China

Secretary-General and Chief Engineer of the Henan Alcoholic Drinks Industry Association

Shuyao Qin China

Founder of Yunjiu Toutiao, a leading trade media on wines and spirits in China

Simon Weiss Germany

Managing Director and Founder of Idea Distillers GmhH, a company dedicated to consulting in spirits for on and off-trade. In his blog he writes about different marketing aspects for spirits

Stephan De Bolle Belgium

Working in the spirits industry for 29 years. Spirits is a passion. Stephan started as accountant at Cinoco Wines & Spirits in 1990 and became spirits director in 2003 the same company and created a dedicated spirits department. He has been elected in 2012 Whisky ambassador of the year at the Belgium international whisky festival of Gent by people of the industry

Suyi Zhang China
Svetlin Mirchev Bulgaria

Wine and Spirits Consultant EOOD

Vicente Bastos Ribeiro Brazil

Expert Cachaça – Owner of Fazenda Soledade; Vice President of IBRAC (Brazilian Institute for cachaças)

Vincent Lehmann Switzerland

Political sciences Master in Lausanne University, 15 years working for local and small magazines about culture, social life, events and wine

Vincenzo Scivetti Italy

ONAV Puglia Ambassador, PR & Marketing consultant in wine and spirits fields. Teacher.

Wang Fengxian China

Expert in light aroma baijiu and Director of Fenjiu distillery Technology Center

Wang Keqi China
Wenyi FAN China

Vice Chairman, Secretary-General of the Shanxi Alcoholic Drinks Industry Association

Wenyou Han China

Chief Editor of China Wine News”, a professional newspaper weekly published. Mr Han is also the chief editor of “Chinese Wine News Network”

Willem Huijsman Netherlands

Huijsman Consultancy & Trading

Wonkuk Seol South Korea

CEO at Terroir Wine – Wine writer

Xinhu Zhou China

Chief Engineer – Yanghe Distillery

Young Shi United Kingdom

Co-founder of TasteSpirits – Wine & Spirits Educator and Speaker – Contributor at Jancisrobinson.com

Zexia Li China

Director of the Technical Center, Hengshui Laobaigan. Member of the China National Liquor Evaluation Committee

Zhang Shiman China