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 a wine critic, judge, educator and the award-winning author of Asian Palate. Her book won the Gourmand award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World. Jeannie is founder of the pioneering oenology website, AsianPalate.com, which contains thousands of wine ratings, reviews and a comprehensive Asian food and wine pairing guide. Jeannie is currently Contributing Editor for Decanter UK and weekly columnist for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and mainland China’s China Business News. She is also a Consultant for Galaxy Macau and in 2009 was awarded the Vinitaly International Award for her contributions to the wine industry by the organisers of Vinitaly, the largest wine trade fair in the world. Jeannie holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University.
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.
British-born Steven Spurrier joined London’s wine trade in 1964. He moved to Paris in 1970 where he purchased Les Caves de la Madeleine, a small wine shop in the city centre and in early 1973 created L’Academie du Vin, the first independent wine school in France. For the next 15 years he was deeply involved in all aspects of the French wine business and in 1988 was named “La Personnalité de l’Année” (Oenology) for his contribution to French wines. That year he returned to the UK to become an international wine consultant and wine writer.
Steven is the author of several books on wine and the winner of numerous awards – including Le Grand Prix de l’Academie Internationale du Vin in 2001, only the third time this has been presented since 1982. He created and manages the Christie’s Wine Course and is Consultant Editor for Decanter Magazine and President of the Circle of Wine Writers. A renowned international palate, he has since 2004 served as Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition.
In 2011, in recognition of his exceptional and significant achievements as a wine author, journalist and educator, Steven was inducted into the Wine Media Guild of New York's prestigious Wine Writers' Hall of Fame.