I’m really looking forward to my first panel sitting as a new International Wine Judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). I’ll be in Guildford in early April for four days judging Portuguese and Spanish wines and am now therefore able to use the above logo and indeed to correctly call myself an approved International Wine Judge.

I see this elevation to the position of International Wine Judge as recognition of all the wine work I have undertaken during the last 21+ years, particularly that done here in Spain for the last 15 years! During this time I’ve played several roles in the wine world, including wine: educator; consultant; exporter; importer; broker; tasting presenter; broadcaster; TV presenter; tour guide; critic; and writer. Indeed I’ve written over a million words about, mostly Spanish wines during my time here.

I’m looking forward to the challenge – wish me luck!