Speaking & Judging

I’ve been a guest speaker or panelist at conferences or seminars organized by OIV, MUST, ProWine and others, including:

  • The World Fig Conference & Expo, 2023 (Weiyuan, Sichuan, China)
  • The Science and Innovation Forum at the International Conference on Grape and Wine Industries, 2023 (Yinchuan, Ningxia, China)
  • “Is the Asian market redefining wine styles”, MUST Conference, 2017 (Cascais, Portugal)
  • “Positioning Cool Climate Wines in China’s Market”, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, 2016 (Hong Kong, China)
  • “Wine Production in Challenging Climates”, International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, 2016 (Brighton, UK)

I regularly judge in wine contests—a fun part of my job!—including:

  • Concours de Mondial
  • Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition
  • Food & Wine
  • La Revue du Vin de France
  • Ningxia Winemakers Challenge
  • Simply Bordeaux
  • WINE 100

I have co-chaired numerous contests and events, including the Ningxia Wine Challenge with Jancis Robinson (Yinchuan, China, 2012), the first Israel wine master class in China with Tal Gal-Cohen (Beijing, China, 2017) and Ningxia Winemakers Challenge II with Andrew Caillard (Beijing, China, 2017). I am also chair of the annual Grape Wall of China consumer wine challenge.

Here are a few more photos from conferences, contests and other events in which I have been involved: