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.
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.