Meet our Tasting Panel

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With 140+ years collective experience in the wine industry, our expert Tasting Panel includes winemakers,
international wine show judges and wine educators.

Extremely knowledgeable and full of passion, the Panel meets every week to blind taste a selection of wines to add to our expansive collection. Not only do they look for excellence in winemaking, but they also identify styles they know you’ll love.

The Panel also regularly heads out and about, visiting vineyards and wineries throughout Australia. On their travels, they’re constantly on the lookout to unearth hidden gems, exciting new styles and the latest wine trends for you to enjoy.

The integrity and expertise of our Tasting Panel is just one of the reasons why Wine Selectors is unique.

You can find out more about their individual talents and passions in their profiles below.

Every year, our Panel taste and rate thousands of wines from all over Australia. They use the Australian Wine Show judging system where every wine is blind tasted and they assess the colour, nose, and palate, reaching a score out of 20.

Gold
18.5 - 20
/ 20
Silver
17.0 - 18.4
/ 20
Bronze
15.5 - 16.9
/ 20

Only wines that achieve at least a Bronze medal score are selected for you, ensuring you receive the freshest, most exciting and very best quality wines.

Our Tasting Panel

Karl Stockhausen
Co-Chairman, Winemaker, Wine Show Judge
While my winemaking career has been based in the Hunter, I love trying and selecting wines from all over Australia.
Karl Stockhausen
Nicole Gow
Wine Show Judge
What constantly amazes me is how innovative Australian winemakers are, standing up to challenges with new ideas vintage after vintage.
Nicole Gow
Adam Walls
Wine Educator, Wine Show Judge
I love being able to combine great Australian wines with all the fresh produce we have on our doorstep to create kitchen inspiration for our members.
Adam Walls
Phil Ryan
Co-Chairman, Winemaker, Wine Show Judge
Even after 40 years of making wine, I'm still learning new things about it.
Phil Ryan
Kim Bickley
Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine Educator
My passion lies in wine education, watching our members expand their enjoyment of wine through learning.
Kim Bickley
Keith Tulloch
Winemaker, Wine Show Judge
As a Hunter Valley winemaker, I love the opportunity to discover gems from other Australian regions.
Keith Tulloch
Trent Mannell
Wine Show Judge
From the first day I started in the wine industry I knew this wasn’t just a job, but a way of life in every respect.
Trent Mannell
Dave Mavor
Winemaker, Wine Show Judge
After a 15 year winemaking career, I was thrilled to be chosen for the Tasting Panel and to be able to find the best wines for our members.
Dave Mavor