Jury members
Alexandre Vingtier France

Oenologist, Rum expert

Américo Pereira Portugal

Journalist Enomania

Bernard Burtschy France

Bernard is a 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.

Bruno Pilzer Italy

Consultant Grappa

Carl Kanto Guiana

Journalist - expert Rum

Carlos Armando Borboa Suarez Mexico

Carlos Borboa is a certified sommelier and a specialized wine & spirits journalist. He works as a columnist for El Universal Newspaper Mexico City. He teaches the specialized course in wine at the Mexican Sommelier Association and for the Master of Wine at CESSA Universidad Mexico City. He is a wine and spirits consultant and founder and vice-president of the Mexican Tea Board. He is also a judge at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Chienhao Chen Taiwan

Oenologist, Professor and writer

Christian Vergier France

With a degree in oenology from the University of Dijon, Christian Vergier is a wine producer in Burgundy. He is in charge of technical training at the International Center of Segonzac – Cognac where he teaches processes and practices used for producing mature spirits. His specialisation has led him to become a consultant to several distilleries around the world

Cyril Mald France

Writer Whisky & Spirits

Davide Terziotti Italy


Emmanuel Becheau Martinique

Expert Rum

Frédéric Bourgoin France

Journalist for Spiritueux Magazine

Hugues Amesland France

Armagnac producer and representative of the BNIA "Bureau national interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac"

Jean-Luc Braud France

Owner Spirit Drink Consult

Jenny Gardener United Kingdom

Buyer and Distributor ( Sip or Mix)

Jesús Bernad Spain

Journalist, Oenologist, work with many publications, writing articles about Wine, Spirits and Cigars. Member of the tasting panel of Sobemesa magazine. Wrote 3 guides of Spirits last year: Wisky, Vodka and Gin

Jose Rafael Arango Ordonez Colombia, 2017
Murray Mackenzie New Zeland

Professor at the University of Hong Kong - Master of International Wine Management program - Education specialist (integrated learning) at PolyU. As a former chef, his industry experience has taken him to several countries, including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and England where he has worked with renowned chefs. Mr Mackenzie has held key positions in major hotels and restaurants and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years.

Olivier Chapt France


Paul Wang Taiwan

Cognac Educator / Whisky writer

Rojita Tiwari India

Rojita Tiwari is an independent wine & spirits writer & consultant. She is an award-winning blogger and founder of Drinks & Destinations. She is a well-known name on the Indian alcohol, travel and hospitality scene and a judge at several international wine and spirits competitions. She is a WSET certified wine & spirits professional and has been listed twice (2013 and 2015) as one of the ‘Top Ten Women of Wine in India’ by the Indian Wine Academy. She is also the curator of ‘Celebrating India’s 50 Finest Wines’.

Ulric Nijs Germany, 2017

Globetrotting anthropologist and Mixologist, Ulric is the owner of Bar Face Consultancy, Germany. He has developed important B2B & B2C relationships in the spirit industry.

Vicente Bastos Ribeiro Brazil

Cachaça expert Instituto Brasileiro da Cachaça – IBRAC

Willem Huijsman Belgium


Young Shi China

Journalist TasteSpirit