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Ginette De Fleuriot CWM – Challenge Chair

Ginette de Fleuriot is a Cape Wine Master and is Marketing Manager for Vinimark Wine Company. She began her career in wine in Germany, working in wine retail, wine education and freelance journalism. A lecturer for the Cape Wine Academy, Ginette has also been a contributor to the Platter Wine Guide. She has served as a wine judge for Veritas, SAA Wine Selection panel, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the Nederburg Auction Selection panel and the Best Value Wine Guide



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Fiona McDonald – Judge

Fiona McDonald was seduced by wine while a journalist at The Mercury newspaper. Eventually head hunted by WINE magazine, she served as Editor for eight years before deciding to go freelance. Now turning her hand to editing Cheers and Whisky magazine, Fiona still finds time to judge internationally at the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine & Spirit Competition.



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JD Pretorious – Judge

After graduating with a BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch , JD was cellar hand at Beyerskloof, then Harvest Supervisor at Graham Beck Wines. A stint in California with Stonestreet Wines saw his return and key appointment as Steenberg Wine Maker. In 2014, JD won the coveted title of Young Winemaker of the Year against stiff competition. He has also judged at the Trophy Wine Show.












Gareth Robertson  – Judge

Gareth began his wine career at Waterford Estate in 2000 gaining experience in wine production, viticulture and marketing. Currently marketing manager for Anthonij Rupert Wines, he has extensive experience in both local and international market too having being based in the USA in 2005.  A distinction graduate of the Wine Judging Academy, Gareth also completed his Diploma with the Cape Wine Academy. He has  judged on  the Trophy show, WINE Magazine and Wineland Magazine panels.













Winnie Bowman – Judge

A qualified physiotherapist and biomedical scientist, and holder of a PhD in Education, Winnie developed an interest in wine during her student days at Stellenbosch and later through frequent travels to international winegrowing areas. She is a Cape Wine Master and judges regularly at local and international competitions in wine and brandy. Winnie presents corporate and private wine tastings, teaches  and writes about wine and food. Wine and brandy are Winnie’s passion and she enjoys every moment talking about or tasting wine! WEB: Twitter: @winbeebee




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Tinashe Nyamudoka – Judge

Tinashe carved his career by entering the industry as a waitron. This is where his love affair with wine started. By advancing his skills, he progressed from wine waiter to assistant Sommelier, working in restaurants like Maze by Gordon Ramsey and then got his first stint as head Sommelier at The Oyster Box Hotel. Tinashe has since been involved in various judging competitions, sat on the panel for “Wine of The Month Club” and “Wells Faber Weekly Sommelier” blind tasting. He graduated at the Wine Judging Academy and is presently finishing his CWA Diploma.












Lizette Tolken – Judge

Lizette’s pure, honest and driven love for wine sparked her to leave the legal profession after 19 successful years. She qualified as a Cape Wine Master in 2012 and has been involved in wine education at all levels in South Africa for more than seven years. Lizette now works as Human Resources Manager at a prestigious winery in Stellenbosch. She regularly tastes internationally and locally and maintains a practical interest coaching and lecturing wine appreciation and related content.











Richard Kershaw MW SA  – Judge
Richard Kershaw, recently awarded the title Master of Wine (MW), is now embarking on his own venture, Richard Kershaw Wines, having been the previous cellarmaster of Mulderbosch. UK born, Richard studied in London before working as a chef, and then onto the wine trade. Armed with a winemaking diploma he travelled as a cellar-hand to California, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary and finally South Africa in 1999. Richard is also launching a multi-platform site, ‘rikipedia’ that will feature winemaking blogs, technical information and more light-hearted notes on weekly tasting experiences.