Winepilot has put together a team of some of Australia and New Zealand’s leading drinks writers, judges and sommeliers to take you on a journey through our world.
Angus is an award-winning wine writer with over 15 years of drinks writing and judging experience. He is the Drinks Editor for Wish Magazine in The Australian and a regular contributor to Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. Angus also authored Australia’s only imported wine guide, Worldwine, is a Len Evans Scholar and founded Winepilot to help you drink better, everyday.
Jeni Port is one of Australia’s top wine communicators and judges. Based in Melbourne, Jeni was the longest-serving wine writer on The Age newspaper and continues to write for most Australian wine magazines including Winestate, Wine Selector, Halliday Wine Companion magazine, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Winning and Il Tridente. She was named Wine Communicator of the Year and Legend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in 2014 and in 2018 was named Legend of the Vine.
Tony is best known for his 10 years as News Corp’s National Wine Writer, with weekly columns in major metropolitan mastheads throughout Australia including The Adelaide Advertiser, The Sydney Daily Telegraph and the Melbourne Herald Sun. He continues to write feature articles and columns for all the major Australian wine media publications. Find out more about Tony here.
Jane Skilton MW
Ken was born and bred in Brisbane, Queensland. He had a non-trendy, perfectly happy childhood, in a family convinced alcohol meant instant condemnation to Hades. But a break fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, and some good wine, started a serious obsession that eventually took over. It did not stop Ken being chastised later for drinking Pol champagne, disgusted he’d drink anything made by a Cambodian dictator. Now, Ken mostly writes on wine, champagne and spirits for various newspapers, magazines and books, but is perhaps best known for his work in The Courier Mail. He also has a little sideline writing on cigars, fishing, travel and food. When not writing, fly-fishing for trout in NZ or bonefish on the flats of Cuba, travelling or smoking cigars, he is no doubt following a variety of sporting teams – the occasionally glorious Queensland Reds rugby, the dysfunctional Washington Redskins, the dodgy Arsenal and especially revels in the world restored to its proper axis with the return of the Ashes to their rightful home.
Melissa began her hospitality career in London working for the Rolling Stones, returning to Australia in the 90’s at the dawn of the wine bar explosion in Melbourne, developing a deep love of wine, restaurants, beaches and much warmer weather. She has judged at a number of national and local wine shows including The Royal Sydney Show, the NSW Wine Awards and the Alternative Varieties Show, has sat on tasting panels for industry magazines and contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald with wine selection articles. Melissa is a scholar of the Len Evans’ Tutorial and was dux of the 2019 New Zealand Family of Twelve Tutorial. She is a wine consultant and educator and is the Head Sommelier of Merivale’s eastern suburbs venues, including Hotel Centennial, Fred’s, Ms G’s and Totti’s at The Royal. Her other loves include music – she had a radio show on Bondi FM and still DJs on occasion – and her family. Melissa lives with her family in Bondi.
Matt Dunne is one of Sydney’s finest sommeliers and communicators who is also the Group Wine Ambassador for the Joval Wine Group. He has created and managed wine lists for over 30 venues including ARIA Sydney, Opera Bar and Chiswick. In 2011 Matt won the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2011 ‘Good Food Guide Louis Roederer Sommelier of the Year’ and his team won the 2015 Wine List of the Year in the Good Food Guide for ARIA Sydney plus he was a Len Evans Scholar. Matt has tremendous knowledge of wine, beer and spirits, and has written his own wine blog for over 8 years.
Shanteh is the Head Sommelier at Sydney’s Award-Winning Quay restaurant. She is a rising star in the ranks of sommeliers in Australia having been three times nominated for the Good Food Guide Sommelier of the Year award. She has also been a Len Evans Scholar and has judged at numerous wine shows including Royal Sydney, Hunter Valley, New South Wales and Langhorne Creek Wine Shows. Shanteh has also recently contributed to Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.
James Atkinson is creator of the Drinks Adventures podcast and a previous editor of Australian Brews News and drinks industry publication TheShout. A Certified Cicerone® and 2017 winner of the Australian International Beer Awards media prize, James regularly contributes to publications including Halliday, Good Food, QantasLink Spirit and more. Check out Australia’s leading drinks podcast here.
Erin Larkin is an independent wine writer based in Perth, Western Australia. She is a contributor to The Wine Companion magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, The Post and previously weekly columnist for The Western Suburbs Weekly newspaper, writer for the Liquor Barons Group plus wine segment host for 6PR. Erin has judged at wine shows, and is a judge for the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards, and China Wine List of the Year Awards, both since 2014. On top of writing and judging, Erin regularly hosts wine events, consults on wine lists and helps wine collectors to manage their wine collections.
Regan is a regular wine columnist for the News Regional Media “Weekend” Magazine and digital “Life” sections. A graduate of the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course #47 he was awarded with Distinction WSET Level 3 in Wine & Spirits, has been an Associate Judge for the New South Wine Awards plus a couple of little stints helping out in the Hunter Valley and Tasmania during vintages with small but quality winemakers. You can read Regan’s wine blog here.
Andrew is a former WCA ‘Young Gun’ of Wine Journalism and Lifestyle FOOD channel wine expert who was voted in the Top 30 most trusted wine critics in the world. Now clocking up over 20 years in the wine industry, Andrew has an unusual dual background with a Masters in Wine Technology & Viticulture and a Bachelor of Environmental Management, with wine and climate change a speciality. Andrew spends his days as a marketer, presenter and writing about wine, beer, spirits and cider for his own website Australian Wine Review and the likes of Gourmet Traveller Wine, National Liquor News, The Seniors Magazine & Latte Life. The co-founder of wine events business The Tasting Glass, in his spare time, Andrew runs foolishly long ultramarathons. Get more of Andrew’s reviews here.
Andrea Pritzker MW
Andrea Pritzker MW is the founder of Wine inTuition, a wine education business based in Sydney. She also works as an independent wine consultant, wine judge, writer and public speaker. Andrea’s diverse career in the wine trade has spanned over twenty years with roles in wholesale, retail, fine wine auction, digital marketing and buying. You can find out more about Andrea here.
Tom is a keen beer drinker who developed a passion for good drinks working in the craft beer industry. Tom is constantly in awe of the quality and innovative brews being pumped out of Australian breweries and is passionate about educating people in all things beer.