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Leadership in Wine #37 - Anna Krykunivsky

7 August 2019

Anna is a British sommelier based in Queenstown. She was awarded Emerging Wine Service Professional of the Year at the Queenstown Hospitality Awards in 2019.

Leadership in Wine #36 - Thomas Moschetta

22 July 2019

Thomas is the new cellar door manager at Kinross based in Gibbston, Central Otago. He is a dynamic and talented young leader from France.

Leadership in Wine #35 - John Szabo MS

15 July 2019

John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004. John will lead two tastings on volcanic wines at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine’s annual W&F Celebration on 27-28 July 2019.

Leadership in Wine #34 - Stuart Dudley

8 July 2019

Stuart is the regional viticulturist for Villa Maria based in Marlborough. He is a strong young leader committed to add value to the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #33 - Andrea Martinisi

1 July 2019

Andrea is the beverage director at The Grove and Baduzzi Restaurants in Auckland. He is considered to be one of the best sommeliers in New Zealand and one of the best in the world.

Leadership in Wine #32 - Marek Przyborek

24 June 2019

Marek is the Head Sommelier at Skycity Auckland and 2018 New Zealand Sommelier Of The Year.

Leadership in Wine #31 - Kevin Mapson

17 June 2019

Kevin is the managing director of Pernod Ricard New Zealand. He has 20+ years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #30 - Yang Shen

10 June 2019

Yang is an experienced estate director with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. He currently manages Cloudy Bay estate in Marlborough.

Leadership in Wine #29 - Stephen Wong MW

6 June 2019

Stephen is a successful wine educator / consultant sommelier based in Wellington who is also a Master of Wine (MW). He owns and operates The Wine Sentience specialising in hospitality training, wine education, wine lists and tastings.

Leadership in Wine #28 - Andy Crozier

3 June 2019

Andy is the sales manager for Burn Cottage vineyard based in Central Otago. He has 19 years of valuable experience in the wine industry in UK and in NZ.

Leadership in Wine #27 - Paul Tudgay

30 May 2019

Paul is the commercial director of Rootstock Vinhos in Brazil. Born in England, he lived for 13 years in Queenstown where he was an active and famous contributor to the local wine industry as an educator, mentor and sommelier.

Leadership in Wine #26 - Rodolphe Frerejean Taittinger

27 May 2019

Rodolphe is the co-founder and CEO of Champagne Frerejean Frères. He has 14 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #25 - Grant Taylor

23 May 2019

Grant is one of the best winemakers and sales people in New Zealand's wine industry. He owns and operates Valli Vineyard which has sites in both Central Otago and the Waitaki wine regions.

Leadership in Wine #24 - Janiene Bayliss

20 May 2019

Janiene is a very successful leader who owns and operates Ata Mara Vineyard in Central Otago. She has 20 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #23 - Ben Longhurst

16 May 2019

Ben is the National On-Premise Brand Ambassador for EuroVintage. In 2016 and 2014 he was awarded Outstanding Sales Representative at the Lewisham Awards.

Leadership in Wine #22 - Joe Wang

13 May 2019

Joe is the managing director and co-founder of The Wine Cave, a fine wine and spirits retail store based in Auckland. He is a certified Sommelier with 20+ years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #21 - Murray Cook

9 May 2019

Murray is a talented, young winemaker who works for Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough. He is a future leader of the New Zealand wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #20 - Pete Bartle

6 May 2019

Pete has established himself as one of Central Otago’s most successful and respected winemakers with his no nonsense, passionate approach to winemaking.

Leadership in Wine #19 - Candice Chow

24 April 2019

Candice is a successful Group Beverage Manager for the chain’s Rata, Madam Woo and Hawker & Roll restaurants (part of 'Go To Collection Ltd' group). She is based in Queenstown and has over 15 years of experience in Hospitality as a Sommelier.

Leadership in Wine #18 - Bob Campbell MW

23 April 2019

Bob Campbell ONZM MW was the second New Zealander to hold the Master of Wine credential. He founded The Wine Gallery, an Auckland based wine school, in 1990 and is widely regarded as the New Zealand’s foremost wine educator.

Leadership in Wine #17 - Misha Wilkinson

18 April 2019

Misha is one of the best ambassadors of New Zealand wines and with her husband Andy, she owns and operates Misha's VIneyard in Central Otago.

Leadership in Wine #16 - Therese Herzog

17 April 2019

Therese is an iconic woman in the Wine industry of New Zealand. Her warm personality and deep knowledge about wine makes Therese a great mentor for many young wine professionals.

Leadership in Wine #15 - Erica Crawford

16 April 2019

Erica is the founder and driving force behind 'Loveblock Wine'. Originally from South Africa, she is an industry legend and founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands 'Kim Crawford Wine'.

Leadership in Wine #14 - Jing Song

15 April 2019

Jing became the youngest woman – and first Chinese woman entrepreneur – to win the top award at the UK-based International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

Leadership in Wine #13 - Paolo Basso

11 April 2019

Paolo is a high achiever and a very talented Sommelier. He won Best Sommelier of Europe (2010) and Best Sommelier of the World (2013). He is currently a wine producer, wine merchant, wine consultant and wine critic. He has 30 years of experience in Hospitality.

Leadership in Wine #12 - Claudio Heye

10 April 2019

Claudio is a well known character in Queenstown. He worked for 15 years at Gibbston Valley Wines first as sales manager and later as director of sales & export. Since 2011, Claudio has been the General Manager of Domaine Thomson Wines, a bio-dynamic estate based in Central Otago.

Leadership in Wine #11 - James Dicey

9 April 2019

James Dicey is a successful viticulturist based in Central Otago. He owns and manages Grape Vision, a family business established by his father Robin Dicey in 1996. James was awarded Viticulturist Of the Year in 2018 by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.

Leadership in Wine #10 - Tessa Bird-Ritchie

8 April 2019

Tessa was the second winner of the New Zealand Young Wine Professional Of the Year competition in 2015. She currently works as a Regional Sales Manager for Delegat based in Auckland.

Leadership in Wine #9 - Dion Wai

4 April 2019

Dion was the winner of the New Zealand Sommelier Of the Year 2016. He works currently as sommelier at Huka Lodge in Taupo. He has 10 years experience in hospitality.

Leadership in Wine #8 - Shane Livingstone

3 April 2019

Shane is an accomplished and talented vineyard manager with a strong focus on establishing and growing organic and bio-dynamic certified vineyards in New Zealand. He has 27 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #7 - Graeme Lord

2 April 2019

Graeme is an outstanding business leader with 16 years of experience in the wine industry. From 2014-2018, he was managing director of Delegat Group.

Leadership in Wine #6 - Andy Gladding

1 April 2019

Andy was the winner of the New Zealand Sommelier Of the Year 2014. He currently as a National Food Service and Distribution Manager at Sabato based in Auckland.

Leadership in Wine #5- Angie Atkinson

31 March 2019

Angie is a high achiever who has 10 years in the wine industry, and 12 years in Hospitality as a owner of two restaurants and a café. In 2019 she was awarded Outstanding Sales Representative at the Lewisham Awards.

Leadership in Wine #4 - Richard King

27 March 2019

Richard was the winner of the New Zealand Junior Sommelier Of the Year 2016. He currently as a sommelier for a new restaurant, Chef’s Table at Hotel Lebua in Bangkok, Thailand.

Leadership in Wine #3 - Clive Weston

26 March 2019

Clive has more than 40 years of international wine trade experience, including almost 30 years at the helm of Negociants New Zealand.

Leadership in Wine #2 - Alexis Robin

26 March 2019

Alexis was the first winner of the New Zealand Young Wine Professional Of the Year 2014. He currently as an account manager for Delegat and is based in Dunedin.

Leadership in Wine #1 - Annie Millton

25 March 2019

Annie Millton, one of the iconic women in the NZ wine, shares her wisdom about Leadership in Wine.

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