We are proud to announce that the following judges will be judging the 2017 Sommeliers Selection Wine Awards:
- Pearl Oliver (Taj Cape Town)
- Billet Magara (Oyster Box Hotel)
- Joseph Dafana (La Colombe)
- Esmé Groenewald
Sommelier, restaurateur, business owner and dog lover. There are few roles in the on trade Esmé has not worked. From high street restaurants, to fine dining destinations, coffee shops to pumping night clubs. With over fourteen years of experience she has seen it all and her consultation has become invaluable. CWA and WSET trained, she is still wrestling with her WSET Diploma.
- Barry Schofield
Sommelier, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and amateur writer. From refineries in Scotland to oil rigs in Angola with multiple stops at renowned restaurants, bars and night clubs along the way. Barry has worked his way around the world before being domesticated by wine. Slowly chipping away at his WSET Diploma, he says, “Every day, I learn that wine is a inexhaustibly complex and intriguing topic”.
- Joakim Blackadder
Joakim is of a rare breed who studied hospitality management directly out of school followed swiftly by sommellerie at the Restaurant Academy of Sweden and later finished off with a WSET Diploma. After first laying the foundation in European restaurants he soon found himself on African soil where he has built a highly awarded track record of successes, cementing his reputation as an authority in the wine industry.
Our associate judges are:
- Melusi Magodhi (Ellerman House)
- Minnie Mthombeni (Karibu restaurant)