Lana was born in Russia, and lives and works in the northern Italian city of Treviso as wine journalist/blogger and wine educator. Lana is a regular judge at various regional and international wine competitions in Europe, including being a permanent member of the Romania judging panel at the International Wine Festival in Bucharest and a regular member of the Tasting Commission’s National Wine Competition Douja d’Or Award.
Lana holds a Masters degree in Energy Engineering management as well as various wine-related qualifications in viticulture, wine appreciation and oenology. She has been awarded a diploma in Viticulture and Oenology Sciences and Technologies from the University of Padua. Lana also speaks five languages, including French and Romanian. The Michelangelo team looks forward to meeting you, Lana!
Ivan was recently appointed Head Spirits Buyer of London beverage giant, Enotria&Coe, where he manages a portfolio of more than 2500 products. He has a WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits and since 2002 has served on the judging panels of international drinks competitions such as the Concours Mondial’s Spirits Selection panel and the IWSC. He is also a regular contributor to a number of high-level drinks publications such as Spirits Business and The Drinks Report.
Having worked as wine and spirits buyer for luxury British department store chain, Harvey Nichols for the last decade, Ivan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Michelangelo about which spirits make the world go round! We look forward to welcoming you to the judging panel, Ivan!
Spencer has achieved a WSET Level 3 certificate, and is a qualified chef and pastry chef.
Spencer has judged on several South African wine competitions including the Amorim MCC Challenge, the Chenin Top 10 and the Ultra Value Wine Challenge. He currently works as a wine brand manager and consults to several East Africa hospitality outlets for the importation of South African wine.
Otto has been a permanent judge at The International Wine Challenge (AWC) Vienna since 2008. He also regularly adjudicates at the Mondial du Chasselas in Switzerland and frequently judges at regional events in the USA and Austria.
Otto is a member of the Fédération Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains des Vins et Spiritueux (FIJEV).
As a tour operator and guide Otto focuses on organizing and guiding wine tours for wine enthusiasts, restaurateurs and wine professionals to diverse wine regions of the world, including regular visits to the wineries of South Africa. These aid as inspiration for his articles which also deal with the history and culture of the world’s wine regions, wineries and winemakers. We look forward to welcoming you to the Michelangelo judging panel!
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Having had stints as winemaker in Bordeaux, the USA, New Zealand and South Africa,
Guenhaël has since established himself as an international oenology consultant, working for over 40 wineries in France and the USA.
For the past 20 years he has also worked as wine consultant in the south Rhone Valley, based in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Guenhaël is a regular judge for the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and looks forward to his first appointment as judge for Michelangelo.
He regularly judges for various international wine competitons, including Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (also for Sauvignon), Mundus Vini (also the Biofach) and the Dubrovnik FestiWine Trophy.
As qualified oenologist Chris is a lecturer at the Dutch Academy, and also the founder of the Dutch Societas Vinum Bonum Est, better known as “SVBE Wijnprofessionals”.
Chris is a member of the editorial committee of the Dutch Wine Academy and the FIJEV (International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers), and writes for retail magazine, Drinks Slijtersvakblad (magazine for retailers/wineshops, importers, “caviste”). He is chief-editor and owner of www.wijnjournaal.nl.
Chris is an importer of organic and biodynamic wines in Europe and has presented papers in Germany (export meeting Mundus Vini) and France (Millesime Bio in Montpellier) on the subject.
Bernhard has been a member of the Michelangelo spirits panel since 2018.
He has been awarded some of the global spirits industry’s highest accolades, including Master of the Quaich (2007) and is co-founder of the European Network of Spirits Experts. Bernhard has also achieved a WSET Spirits Level 3.
Bernhard lectures on Rum, Gin, Whisky, Cognac and Champagne, and is contributing Editor for several Bar and Drinks magazines in the GSA countries.
Serhat completed his WSET Diploma in January 2019, and regularly judges at international wine and spirits competitions around the globe, including Judge at the International Wine Challenge and the International Wine and Spirit Challenge, Mundus Vini and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Serhat has to be the ultimate global traveller, having visited more than 850 cities and 90 countries around the world. He also speaks seven languages.
Having worked as civil engineer for more than 15 years, Serhat’s curiosity into – and love for – good wine, is what finally pushed him into living his passion today. We look forward to welcoming Serhat to the Michelangelo judging panel in August!