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Judging panel leader - Stella Cai, Senior Business Development Manager, Australian Trade and Investment Commission Shanghai office
Stella Cai is an experienced Senior Business Development Manager at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission Shanghai office. She has been working in the food and beverage (including wine) industry for 20 years and has been working closely with retailers and distributors in China for promoting Australian food and wine products. Stella is the founder of China Australian Food Importer Network (CAFIN) in Shanghai and has been running Australian Food and Wine Festival in Sogo Dept Store Food Supermarkets for 6 years and Australian Pavilion at Shanghai Wine & Dine Festival for 4 years.
Stella Cai has been invited to be the judge for Wine Australia China Annual Best Importer and Best Retailer Awards since 2013.
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Charles Guo, Founder of Winemaster House
Charles Guo has a master’s degree in oenology and is the author of The History of Wine Development. He has previously worked 10 years for Pernod Ricard in the marketing department, in charge of brand marketing for Jacob’s Creek, Helan Mountain and more. Now, Charles is a marketing consultant for many brands, including Zhongfei, Chateau Lion, Landaire, Chateau Silk Road, Mosaic, Giardino Estate, Shangri-La, GuoFei and Chanson. Mr Guo is not only an excellent consultant, but also an influencer who shares his wine knowledge in his own unique way. Charles is also the host and producer of wine talk show, ‘All about wine’.
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Silvia Hu, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Sommelier Press
Ms Silvia Hu is Co-founder and Editor-in-chief at Sommelier Press and Bartender Press. The two interactive social media platforms she established have gained over 400,000 followers and have become one of the most influential social media platforms in China today. Before starting her own media businesses, Silvia worked in an investment bank and a financial media firm.
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Li Demei, Associate Professor, Food Science and Technology College in Beijing University of Agriculture, renowned winemaker and key opinion leader
Li Demei is a consultant for several wineries in China, and helped one of them, Jia Bei Lan, win the International Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 in London.
Demei won the 2012 Wine Intelligence 10-for-10 Business Award, and was listed on the Decanter 2013 Power List, and named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Wine Consultants by the Drinks Business in 2013, and Vinitaly 2019 International Awards.
As a columnist, Demei contributes to many prestigious wine publications, including DecanterChina.com. He is also one of the contributors for The Oxford Companion to Wine (4th edition).
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Maxime Lu, Founder and Editor-in-chief of WineOnline.cn
Maxime Lu is the Founder and has been the Editor-in-chief of WineOnline.cn since 2005. He also judges international wine competitions including Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2015-2019 (Hong Kong), Wines of Portugal Challenge 2014 (Lisbon), Radici del Sud 2013 (Puglia) and some domestic wine competitions. Maxime is also a consultant for wine companies, and a contributor for Decanter China and mainstream media on fashion, finance, food and wine.
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Eva Xie, Gourmet and Wine Critic, Writer, key opinion leader, Senior media professional
With 20-year experience in the food media industry, Eva is an award-winning journalist on food and wine. She was the senior editor of China Food Newspaper, a daily newspaper with 100,000 circulation.
As a famous food and wine critic, she is one of the judges in leading wine awards and restaurants ranking publications, including LA LISTE, CTRIP Gourmet List, Wine Australia China Awards, CMB International Wine Awards, WINE100 Wine and Chinese Cuisine Pairing Awards. She is also a member of CISFT wine branch.
Eva has significant influence on Chinese social media in the gourmet and wine area. She has more than 1.4 million followers on Weibo, and her live steam shows receive 2-3 million views. She also works as a guest speaker and consultant for TV and radio food shows in China.
Eva is WSET level 3 qualified and she is also a registered dietitian.
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Sunny Zhang, Founder of Pinor, Founder of Pinor Sommelier Academy, and Publisher of Pinor Magazine
Sunny Zhang joined the Trends Group in 2007 and founded China’s first authoritative food magazine, Food & Wine. She is also the founder of Pinor Sommelier club (2012), and later established and published Pinor Magazine in 2013. In the same year, Sunny started a ‘Club of Chinese Sommeliers’. Sunny obtained ISG (Wine Fundamentals 2) in 2012 and WSET level 3 qualifications in 2016.
Sunny’s judging experience includes the China Sommelier Competition/China Young Sommelier Team Competition (2012-2018), in which she was an exclusive media partner. Sunny was also the exclusive strategic partner and judge for China’s Wine List of the Year Awards (2018).
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Zhu Siwei, Co-founder, Managing Editor and Senior Wine Educator of TasteSpirit
Zhu Siwei has learnt about wine from renowned French wine critic, Bernard Burtschy and travelled around wine regions all over the world. He co-founded TasteSpirit, one of China’s leading wine media, wine education provider, product recommendation platform and cultural wine community. Each year, TasteSpirit organises more than 300 wine tastings and courses all over China.
In 2017, it was nominated by WSET, the only finalist wine school in Asia for Best Educator of the Year. TasteSpirit is also the most important advocator of the concept of Terroir in China. It organizes two influential international wine summits annually - Terroir Renaissance International Wine Symposium and China Wine Summit.