Read more about our three world-acclaimed wine consultants.
Jeannie Cho Lee
The first Asian to ever be awarded the title ‘Master of Wine’, Jeannie Cho Lee is also a wine critic, judge, Professor of Wine at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and award-winning author of Asian Palate (2009) and Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate (2011). At the same time, she is also the CEO and publisher of LE PAN, a fine wine and lifestyle magazine and website.
She received the International Vinitaly Award 2009 for her contributions to the wine industry and was named the 25th Most Powerful Person in the Decanter Power List 2013. In addition to her Master’s Degree from Harvard, Jeannie also holds a Certificat de Cuisine from Cordon Bleu, trained as a Sake Sommelier at Japan's Sake Service Institute, and is a Certified Wine Educator with both the UK's Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the US Society of Wine Educators.
Michael Hill Smith
Michael is a wine consultant, wine judge, writer and commentator. In 1988, Michael Hill Smith became the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination and won the Madame Bollinger Tasting Medal that same year. He established the highly rated “Shaw and Smith” winery with his cousin Martin Shaw in the Adelaide Hills in 1989. As the current Australian Regional Chairman for the Decanter World Wine Awards, Michael has extensive tasting experience in numerous International and Australian wine shows. Michael received his education in Roseworthy Agricultural College and holds an Advanced Diploma from the London Cordon Bleu School. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to the Australian Wine Industry.
Oz is one of the world’s most celebrated and colourful wine authorities. His passion for wine began as a student at Oxford University, where he was caption of the Wine Tasting Team. He has won all the major wine writing awards, including the Glenfiddich, the Andre Simon, the Wine Guild, the Julia Child, the Lanson and the James Beard.
Oz is also the author of numerous books on wine, including Bordeaux, which earned him the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year in 2009. The former actor also hosts several popular television and radio programmes on wine. He was also awarded an Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government.