After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, I joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. I have completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. I have been a judge at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show since 2007. Since embarking on a freelance career in March 2010, I taste for Platter’s South African Wine Guide. I have been involved in judging at the Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition since its inception in 2007, chairing the panel since 2008.