Europe: Countries A-G


Jochen Erler

Jochen is a wine lecturer and journalist following years in academia, international civil service and being a wine tour leader. Also a judge at wine & spirits competitions worldwide and an occasional a wine consultant. He is a member of the Cruise Lecturers Association (CLA).


Darrel Joseph

Based in Vienna, Darrel Joseph is a wine writer, judge and lecturer specialising in Central & Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Since 1995, he has been contributing to numerous publications in the UK and USA and conducting masterclasses and wine tastings in Europe and Asia. He is also a professional voice-over recording artist.

Jürgen Schmücking

Jürgen is a journalist and photographer, a travelling wine & spirits addict, foodlover and passionate taster, reader and writer about eating & drinking. Jürgen holds a MA in Gastrosophy and serves as a judge in wine & spirits awards. He’s a contributor to various magazines in Austria and Germany.

Julia Sevenich

Julia is a wine educator, writer and English-German translator. She teaches diploma courses at the Weinakademie Österreich and has been the English editor of the annual Ultimate Wine Guide Austria since 2001. A freelance wine writer for various print and online publications in German and English and has been the co-author, author, translator or editor of numerous books.


Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW

Pedro holds a Master’s in Viticulture and Oenology, WSET Diploma and MW.  A columnist in several publications in Europe and USA (working in four languages).  A Chair in major international wine competitions and active in the fields of promotion and education. Pedro sits on various Spanish wine related committees. A national expert for Spain at OIV and VIA Certified Italian Wine Ambassador. Member of Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.

Hervé Lalau

French free-lance wine journalist. Deputy editor in chief of Belgian wine magazine In Vino Veritas. Co-founder and coordinator of European wine site Les 5 du Vin. Wine blogger at Chroniques Vineuses. Co-author of Grand Larousse du Vin 2017.

Fiona Morrison MW

A freelance wine writer and winner of the James Beard Award and Prix Lanson for her writing and has written several wine books. Over thirty years’ experience in the trade in the USA and Europe she runs three Bordeaux domains: Le Pin, L’IF and L’Hêtre.



Julia Kostadinova

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René Langdahl Jørgensen

René is wine editor at gastro magazine. His main focus areas are Tuscany, Germany and California but he covers all relevant subjects in his teaching at the Danish Wine Academy. René blogs at and is at stage 2 to become Master of Wine.


Peder Lehmann Larsen

Peder has worked with wine for almost 20 years as a writer, wine judge and wine educator as in the trade.  He serves as Denmark’s ambassador for the Facebook community, #winelover, and writes with great passion about all things wine on social media, writing in-depth about Hungarian and Greek wines.


Thomas Rydberg

Thomas is editor and owner of the printed wine magazine DinVinGuide and spirits magazine Whisky & Rom. Also responsible for a number of the largest wine and spirit fairs in Denmark. Finally, teaching at WSET in Copenhagen.


Timo Jokinen

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Jouko Mykkänen

Jouko has written about wine since 1997 with weekly columns in Finland’s biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat since 2002. Also Education Director of Wine School PerhoPro in charge of WSET levels 2-4 and Chair as Senior Lecturer in wine at Haaga-Helia University Helsinki.


Jane Anson

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Guy Boursot

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Sue Eames DipWSET

Based in Paris, Sue is an International Wine & Spirits Educator and judge who writes regularly on social media and other forums. She enjoys sharing news and views about her wine and spirits tasting, educating and judging exploits in the UK, France and Germany. Sue is also a member of the AWE.

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Liz is a freelance writer, speaker and judge having a passion for history and micro history for wine regions. She specialises in the wine of southern France, Hungary, Slovakia and, since the publication of her book on Rosé, on all rosés.

Britt Karlsson

Britt Karlsson is a Paris-based wine writer, author lecturer and wine judge. She publishes the online magazine BKWine Magazine and contributes to, and is author of nine wine books. She also co-runs the wine tour company BKWine Tours.

Per Karlsson

Per Karlsson is a Paris-based wine writer and wine photographer. He publishes the online magazine BKWine Magazine and contributes to, and is co-author and photographer of nine wine books. He also co-runs the wine tour company BKWine Tours.

Suzanne Mustacich

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Wendy Narby

Bordeaux based for 30 years Wendy is a wine trade educator and guide. She published 'Bordeaux Bootcamp' in 2015 and recently 'The Drinking Woman's Diet'. She shares news of her wine travels on her blog and other wine tourism sites.

John Salvi MW

Count John Umberto Salvi has been in the wine trade since 1957 and was Director of Allan Sichel Ltd and Maison Sichel and Sales Director of Maison Sichel and Mähler Besse.  He is an Oenologist, Writer, Master of Wine, Consultant, Professional Taster of Competitions in 35 countries, Gourmet and Gourmand.  Lived in Bordeaux since 1969.



Roger Voss

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Paul White

Former Oregonian, Dr. Paul White has lived in UK, New Zealand and, currently, Languedoc, France. He’s judged 60+ international wine competitions and visited 60+ wine regions. Specializations include: endangered & rare grapes, Sauvignon Blanc culture, Portugal and Amphora winemaking.


Frank Kämmer MS

Author of numerous books about wine and spirits. Contributor to Germany’s Vinum Weinguide and to publications such as Feinschmecker, Weinwisser, and Sommelier. He is Formateur Officiel des Vins de Bourgogne of the BIVB and has a broad reputation as a lecturer for sommeliers and hospitality students.


Joel B. Payne

An expatriate American living near Strasbourg, Joel has been an active wine journalist for over 30 years including a three years as editor-in-chief of Meininger's Wine Business International.  He’s best known for his German Wine Guide, which has appeared annually since 1992.

Michael Schmidt

In Britain Michael Schmidt is the German wine specialist for, the World Atlas of Wine and Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia. In Germany he writes for Weinwisser Magazine and the Tre Torri wine book series. Equally versed in English and German wine terminology he also translates books and articles on wine.

Paula Sidore

Germany based for 17 years, Paula is a wine writer, translator and educator. In 2012 she launched with a single mission: to guide English-speakers through the confusing intricacies of German wine. She is a contributor to on-line and in print to publications such as Der Feinschmecker, ProWein and Punch.


Colin Deane

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