DAWA judge: Alvin Gho

Alvin Gho, head sommelier at db Bistro & Oyster bar in Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA). DAWA judge: Alvin Ghodb Bistro & Oyster Bar head sommelier Alvin Gho, a native of Singapore, is only Singaporean Advanced Sommelier and is fluent in both English and Mandarin. Gho is Champion of the 2013 Singapore Sommelier Competition and has represented his country in both the Best Sommelier of the World and Best Sommelier of Asia-Oceania Competitions.
Gho started his wine career in Singapore at Morton’s Steakhouse and Raffles Hotel. Before long after, Gho relocated to Shanghai to supply as head sommelier at Jean Georges in the city’s well loved Three on the Bund complex. Over time Gho came to manage the wine program for several Three on the Bund eateries only departing when offered the chance to help open a multi-million wine cellar for the local government at No.1 Waitanyuan.
Currently pursuing his WSET Diploma, Gho aims to be a Master Sommelier by 2020 and looks forward to further exploring regions and expanding his palette on the job at db Bistro & Oyster Bar.
Alvin Gho has been a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards since 2015.
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DAWA vice-chair: Li Demei

Li Demei, wine expert and columnist for DecanterChina.com from Beijing, is a judge and vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA). DAWA vice-chair: Li DemeiDecanterChina.com columnist Li Demei is an associate professor of wine tasting and oenology at Beijing Agriculture College, invited instructor at ESA Angers in France and consults for several vineyards in China. Training at Chateau Palmer, he holds a master diploma for Fruit Tree Knowledge, and an engineer for Viti-Oeno-Economie from ENITA in Bordeaux. He was the first chef winemaker and technique director for the Chinese-French project Sino-French Demonstration Vineyards and is a member of the Chinese Wine Technique Committee, and National Wine Judge Board. Earlier named RVF’s Man of the Year in the Chinese wine industry, in 2012 Demei received the Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award. He started prose for the Wine Review of Singapore 10 years ago and today writes for several publications, as well as authoring Wine-Communication from a Chinese Winemaker and Wine Grapes Varieties. Li Demei has been a judge and vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards since 2015.
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Berry Bros appoints Tesco wine chief Dan Jago as CEO

Berry Bros appoints Tesco wine chief Dan Jago as CEOBerry Bros & Rudd has appointed Dan Jago, group wine director at Tesco, as its new chief executive, Decanter.com can reveal. Dan Jago, the new CEO of Berry Bros & RuddDan Jago is expected to take up the position of Berry Bros & Rudd CEO in early October and will be responsible for ‘overseeing the whole business’, from fine wine to spirits and even the companionship’s stake in Anchor Steam brewery in San Francisco, California.
‘We needed a wine trade businessman’
‘We needed a name who understands all aspects of the wine business,’ Berry Bros chairman Simon Berry told Decanter.com today (12 August) on the strategy in the rear Jago’s appointment.
‘What we needed was a businessman, but a wine trade businessman,’ he said, adding that he was thrilled to be bringing a name of Jago’s experience onboard.
The news also follows a hard period for Tesco‘s wine division.
Last autumn, Jago was one of several Tesco directors temporarily suspended amid a companionship-wide investigation into overstated profits. No charges were brought against Jago he was fully re-instated as ‘category director – group wine’ at Tesco earlier this year.
The ‘ultimate’ job
Ex-Navy man Jago joined Tesco as category director for wines, beer and spirits in 2006, having earlier worked at the Bibendum wine merchant.
At Berry Bros, the official wine merchant of the Queen, Jago will work closely with Jeremy Parsons, who has been appointed chief operating officer.
‘I have spent most of my working life in the drinks business and, for me, this is perhaps the ultimate job,’ said Jago.
Earlier this year, Berry Bros’ managing director, Hugh Sturges, left the companionship after 14 years, prompting a senior management re-shuffle. Berrys’ reported net losses of £5.7m in the year to the end of Development 2014, but net sales rose by 8% to £149.7m over the same period and the merchant said at the time that its five-year investment plot was subdue on-footstep.
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DAWA judge: Chee Wee Lee

Chee Wee Lee, a wine specialist bsaed in Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA). DAWA judge: Chee Wee LeeChee Wee Lee represents the Bordeaux-based wine negociant Europvin in their Southeast Asia markets as a regional manager. Europvin incorporates an agency specialty, which services the specific requirements of exclusive partner wineries in key markets, including Vega Sicilia, CVNE, E. Guigal and Emilio Lustau. Chee Wee was bitten by the wine bug when he tasted a 1970 Y’quem on his fourth day in the wine trade, and after working for five years as a wine distributor he joined supermarket chain Cold Storage as category manager of beer, wines and spirits for three years, previous to becoming general manager of Auric Pacific Fine Wines. He founded Vino Cave, a Singapore-based wine distribution companionship representing producers from Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and America, a year before long. Over the course of a decade, Chee Wee has completed the certified wine specialist program, and the Burgundy wine educator accreditation program by Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB). He is a regular guest speaker for Singapore Airlines’ in-flight sommelier program. Chee Wee Lee has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2012.
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Bordeaux: where to visit

Bordeaux: where to visitIt’s Europe’s place to be in 2015, according to Bordeaux resident 
Jane Anson, who picks out the best places to go in the city, by the river and in the vineyards. The Garonne river runs through Bordeaux, with the two banks joined by the Pont de PierreWe made it to the Garonne quayside just as a small boat was drawing up at one of the new floating piers, place in place to encourage the further reclamation of the city’s waterfront, for centuries past the starting point of its route to the world.
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Evin Law: French lawmakers scrap reform plan

Evin Law: French lawmakers scrap reform planFrance's highest lawmaking body has rejected plans to soften the controversial Evin Law, which governs wine exposure, but campaigners have vowed to fight on. President Francois Hollande addresses Vinexpo BordeauxThe Constitutional Council rejected an amendment to the Evin Law that had been backed by Parliament and was intended to give educational bodies and wine visiting the attractions operators more freedom to market themselves.
It is the latest twist in an increasingly fierce dispute in France over what should be considered wine marketing and how strict rules should be.
An amendment to the present rules was proposed as part of the Marcron Law, designed to stimulate the French economy, but the council said linking the two areas of policy was not appropriate.
Gilles Savary, a local politician in Bordeaux, said the council ‘has misunderstood the social and economic impact of wine visiting the attractions on the French economy’.
Wine trade lobbying group Vins et Societé said it would continue to press president Francois Hollande on the issue.
‘The constitutional council has the last word in France,’ Arnaud Terrisson, public affairs manager at Vins et Societé told Decanter.com. ‘It was not criticising the text of the amendment, rather its relevance to this particular set of laws. We are asking president Hollande to respect his date to the wine industry and resubmit the clarification as soon as possible.’
Supporters of the amendment said that, if passed, educational informtation relating to the culture, gastronomy and geography around alcoholic beverages would not be at risk of breaking the law, as it is considered to be now.
France’s Evin Law – or Loi Evin – was first introduced in 1991 to standardize alcohol exposure. But, revisions and recent test suitcases in the courts have led to several journalists accusing the French government of being ‘anti-wine’.
Editing by Chris Mercer
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