Warren Gibson – Sydney Wine Competition Judge – 2020

2019 Competition


Warren Gibson - First Term Chairman of Judges, Eleventh Term Panellist, New Zealand

Warren Gibson was educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy College, South Australia. He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1987, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California. This represents over 30 vintages across ten international wine regions. In 2005, Warren was named “New Zealand Winemaker of the Year” by “Winestate” a specialist Australasian wine magazine, The following yea...Read more

Brent Marris - Thirteenth Term Panellist, New Zealand

Brent Marris inherited a solid foundation for a life devoted to winemaking and viticulture. He grew up on one of the first contract vineyards in Marlborough established by his parents in 1978. Inspired and encouraged by his father, John Marris, he graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College (South Australia) in 1983 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology (winemaking and viticulture) thus becoming Marlborough’s first locally born, and raised, qualified winemaker. Brent has 32 years ...Read more

Stephen Wong MW - Second Term Panellist, New Zealand

Malaysian-born Chinese, Stephen Wong MW moved from Borneo to Singapore and finally to New Zealand to read Law at the University of Otago. While studying, he worked part time in cafés and as a club DJ. He moved to Central Otago in 2000, and his journey into wine progressed rapidly from vineyard worker to hospitality. Shortly after completing his Barrister examinations in Wellington, he picked up his first fledgling sommelier role and started teaching himself on the job. After seven years as...Read more

Mike de Garis - Second Term Panellist, NSW

Involved in Wine Shows in both Australia and New Zealand. Chairman of Judges at Spiegelau International Wine Awards (Blenheim) and the Royal Easter Wine Awards (Auckland). Past Chairman of Judges at International Cool Climate Wine Show (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria), the Liquorland Wine Show (Wellington and Blenheim, New Zealand) and the International Chardonnay Challenge (Gisborne, New Zealand). Mike is also the current deputy Chairman of the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - a role he took ...Read more

Martin Moran MW - Second Term Panellist, Ireland

Dublin based Master of Wine Martin Moran, married with two children, is a freelance wine writer, wine broadcaster, wine educator, wine consultant and judge. He is the London born son of an Irish family, but now, since 1995, a proud resident of Ireland, the birth place of his parents. Heard regularly on Dublin’s NewsTalk 106-108 FM, he writes for magazines and various trade magazines as well as producing “Wine Republic”, an annual guide to wine buying in Ireland. Martin, currently writing a...Read more

Andrea Pritzker MW - Third Term Panellist, NSW

Andrea Pritzker is an independent wine consultant, wine judge, WSET educator, writer and public speaker. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she spent a study year in Heidelberg, Germany as a requisite for her honours degree in European Studies. It was in Germany that her passion for wine was ignited, sparked by the university’s sponsored trips to the local vineyards. Upon returning to Toronto, she obtained a full time role in travel along with a part-time job working evenings at a local wine...Read more

Martin Williams PhD, MW - Fourth Term Panellist, Victoria

Martin Williams is a winemaker, based in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne. After studying Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Sydney, Martin completed an MSc in Oenology and Viticulture at the University of California, Davis in 1991.  By this stage he had travelled and worked in various wine regions of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States, accumulating broad-ranging winemaking experience before settling in the Yarra Valley, with Tarrawarra Estate, in 1992. From 1995...Read more

Stuart James Halliday - Fourth Term Panellist, NSW

EMPLOYMENT June 2016 - Present Head Sommelier Hotels Merivale August 2007 – June 2016 General Manager/Sommelier Tetsuya's September 2005 – July 2007 Head Sommelier Guillaume @ Bennelong Sydney Opera House May 2002 – August 2005 Head Sommelier - Merivale Group est Restaurant June 1998 – April 2002 Assistant Sommelier M.G. Garage Restaurant August 1995 – June 1998 Restaurant Manager/Sommelier Bennelong Restaurant July 1993 – August 1996 Section Manager Darley ...Read more

Susan Bastian BSc (Hons), PhD, Grad. Dip. Oenol. - Fifth Term Panellist, South Australia

Dr Sue Bastian gained a B.Sc. Hons, PhD in Biochemistry and Postgraduate Diploma in Oenology at The University of Adelaide and is Associate Professor in oenology and sensory studies and manager of the Sensory Research Facility at the University of Adelaide where she has conducted research and been a wine educator for over a decade. Her initial interest in wine and sensory science was stimulated by her teetotaller parents and her study of biochemistry, cell biology, psychology and physiology. ...Read more

Ying Hsien Tan MW - Second Term Panellist, Singapore

Ying Hsien Tan MW qualified as the first Singaporean Master of Wine in 2015. He was one of the first two Asian men to attain the qualification that year. The Master of Wine is considered the most prestigious wine qualification in the world. There are only 370 Masters of Wine and since the qualification was first created over 60 years ago, only about 400 people have ever succeeded in qualifying. Ying started tasting and studying wine as a hobby in 1983 while pursuing law studies at university ...Read more

Mark Robertson - Eighth Term Panellist, South Australia

New Zealand born, a Roseworthy graduate with a first degree in Science from Otago University, after graduation Mark worked in France for eight years, the last six, managing vintages in the South of France from 1993 through 1998. He returned to New Zealand in 1987, joining Matua Valley Wines, quickly rising to Chief Winemaker, Partner and Director. As Chief Winemaker for Matua Valley, he won numerous national and international awards including “New Zealand Winemaker of the Year” in 1999 and...Read more

Corey Ryan Wine Maker - Second Term Panellist, South Australia

A trained Oenologist and self confessed wine tragic, Corey lives and breathes winemaking and has amassed a wealth of winemaking experience across Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. Most recently, Corey has consulted to several winemaking businesses in a Australia and overseas, which have included Villa Maria and McWilliams Wine Group. As Chief Winemaker for Villa Maria Estates, he was bestowed New Zealand Winemaker of the Year by the Australasian publication ‘Winestate’ in 2007 ...Read more

Dr Ken Dobler - Eleventh Term Panellist, Hunter Valley, NSW

Ken’s career in the wine industry started whilst studying medicine at the University of Sydney where he began writing a food and wine column for Inominate, the journal of the Sydney University Medical Society. In those days Ken made the journey to the Hunter Valley wine region frequently, falling in love with the vineyards and making the Valley home a few years after graduation from Medical school. He soon planted a vineyard and became Food and Beverage Manager at Kirkton Park Country House  ...Read more