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 over from James Halliday in 2007. This role serves as a mentoring role, as well as giving an outside judging perspective of the Show.
Deputy Chairman at the 2015 and 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show (including previous roles as Panel Leader). Previous panel Leader at the Royal Brisbane Wine Show and current panel leader at the NSW Wine Awards.
Chairman roles for 2016 included the Mudgee Wine Show and the Australian Small Winemaker’s Show. I was the guest international judge at the Marlborough Wine Show in 2016, and then stayed on afterwards to do the wine selection for Pinot Noir 2017 (held in Wellington, NZ in January/ February). Mike was also involved as part of a specialist panel at the AWRI Associate Judging Seminar/Workshop in November 2015, held at the conclusion of the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course.