Meet the Masters of Wine

Andrew Corrigan MW

Andrew Corrigan is based in Australia and is a wine / liquor consultant, wine educator and wine writer, contributing to several magazines and newspapers. Andrew speaks on ABC radio on food and wine. He judges at wine shows including Royal Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Australian Small Winemakers and others and is a popular speaker at wine seminars. He is active in teaching wine courses to the trade and public and is a regular wine consultant through eWineconsult (browse at www.ewineconsult.com).

The eWineconsult web site is popular and provides educational/entertaining material on wine. His regular wine courses in Brisbane are popular and regularly booked out and he also teaches in Melbourne, Adelaide and elsewhere including the UK particularly the annual Masters of Wine seminar held in venues in Bordeaux, Napa Valley and elsewhere. He has presented many liquor / wine training courses. Andrew’s wine lists and liquor inventory consulting has won several awards. He consults to restaurants and hotels on liquor operations and management.

He is a part owner of Hidden Creek Wines, an estate and producer on the Granite Belt of Queensland. He also owns the negotiant brand Catalyst with fellow Master of Wine Peter Scudamore-Smith.

He attained the English/ International Master of Wine qualification in 1997 (one of two in Qld, and 13 in Australia). His MW activity now includes courses and tutoring in advanced international wine appreciation for MW students as well as keen wine enthusiasts. He presents a regular popular topic “Tasting and Talking Internationally” where comparisons are drawn on various international wine styles, as well as commentary on international wine trade.

Andrew is the author of Table Talk: A guide to Food, Wine, Drinks and Table Conversation (C) 2012. Visit the Table talk website to find out more and subscribe to his newsletter packed full of wine and food matching tips and tasting guidelines.

Peter Scudamore-Smith MW

Peter Scudamore-Smith is the principal of the Queensland based consulting firm, Uncorked and Cultivated, which provides Australia-wide wine services. Peter has wide ranging experience in the Australian wine industry.

Peter has established his Queensland client base in wine business and marketing, oenology and viticultural services with in excess of ten brands. Other consulting services are provided to clients in Margaret River, the Hunter Valley, Victoria and Cowra.

In 1990 Peter gained a Rosemount Travelling Bursary to study for the Master of Wine exam. He gained the ultimate honour of Master of Wine (Institute of Masters of Wine, London) Australia’s second, the following year, and is an established international wine authority. He has experience in the wine industries of Australia, New Zealand, some Spanish regions and southern France. He has traded in wines from these countries and has winemaking knowledge from France and Spain. Since graduation he has mentored and encouraged other Australians to gain this international vocational award. He has figured prominently in expanding the MW educational base in Australasia with participation in educational MW seminars.

Peter was the 1985 professional winner of the Vin de Champagne Award within the Champagne industry and he maintains a strong interest in sparkling wine education. He was the sole Queensland professional recipient of this award in its thirty-three year history until 2006. In 2004 he was named the Queensland Wine Press Club’s recipient of the Award for an individual contributing most to the wine industry in Queensland as well as the Bassett Award conferred by the Queensland Wine Industry Association the same year for leadership.

Peter’s acute sensory skills are well recognised in both coffee and wine circles. He has participated in over seventy international, national and local wine shows, as well as judged Yalumba’s Sommelier of the Year Awards and Winestate Magazine’s Wine of the Year Awards. He has a culinary reputation in theming wine with foods. He has widespread experience in the sensory aspects of foods through his previous food technology profession, including coffee assessment in New Guinea and Switzerland. He has judged at the annual RAS New South Wales Coffee Awards and has extensive experience in gastronomy.

Educated at Kingaroy State High School and Toowoomba Grammar School, he holds degrees in Applied Science (Chemistry, USQ 1970) and Applied Science (Oenology, CSU Wagga 1983). Since 1973 when he became associated with the Queensland wine industry he has been one of the state’s leading campaigners for the production of quality wine. He is a highly qualified person to offer opinion and constructive criticism.