Our Judges

Our 2019 Judges

Chair of Show - Mr Andrew Corrigan MW


Andrew Corrigan MW has been fascinated by food and wine from a young age. He became a Master of Wine in 1997 after passing the rigorous exams of the London based Institute of Masters of Wine. Andrew is one of fifteen Masters of Wine in Australia, of which there are only about 400 in the world. He has been involved in restaurant ownership and management and has consulted on several award winning wine lists. He is a regular contributor to Winestate Magazine, The Wine Spectator (U.S) The Courier Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald and Gourmet Traveller. He is known as an excellent wine educator and presents regularly in Australia as well as at international seminars for the Masters of Wine.

Andrew Corrigan MW was the instigator of the Cairns Show Wine Awards with the view of promoting wines suitable or adaptable to the tropical palate and lifestyle.

Affiliated: Ewine Consult, Hidden Creek Vineyard

Panel Judge - Mr Tony Hooper

Tony is a Portfolio Winemaker for Australian Vintage and judge with experience in several shows including Brisbane Wine show. Tony's wealth of winemaking experience has been built over 25 vintages in both Australia and new Zealand providing him with an excellent insight into both cool and warm climate viticulture and winemaking

Panel Judge - Mr Hamish Seabrook

Currently Hamish is not only Winemaker and Managing Director of his own company Seabrook Wine but also Senior Winemaker for Kirrihill Wines. Prior to this he held the role of Senior Winemaker/ Manager at Brown Brother, Milawa and Winemaker at Bests, Great Western. Hamish a fifth generation winemaker regularly judges at varies wine shows including Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Rutherglen and Barossa. Hamish holds many achievements to date include numerous awards, trophies, medals and the Dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial 2004.

Panel Judge - Mr Andrew Santarossa

Andrew has over 16 years winemaking experience with some of Australia's leading wine companies including Domaine Chandon, Houghton's and Giant Steps. Andrew is an accomplished wine show judge and panel chair across multiple Australian States and in 2016 was the Chief Judge at the Victorian Wine Show. Andrew is the winemaker for a joint venture wine company - santa & D'Sas . Andrew also leases a vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley with his wife Megan where they grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine grapes and make wines under their own labels - Better Hal, Red Saint and Son glass. They have two sons "

Panel Judge -   Mr Geoff Alexander

Geoff is currently Winemaker for the Brown Family Wine Group.

Senior Judges:

Mrs Gayle Rusher - Southern Gales Vineyard, Ms Jane Brentnall - Wine Educator, Cairns, Mr Geoff Alexander - Brown Brothers Milawa, Mr Nicholas Psedovs - Winemaker, Dusty Hill Wines, Mr BJ Foley - Beer and Wine Critic, Mr Shane Harris - Winemaker and Brand Ambassador, Henry Dawson-Damer -Wine Genius

Associate Judges:

 Ms Kylie Wheeler - Winemaker McWilliams Wine Group, Geoff Cahill - Vintage Consultant