Label Design Awards 2021: Judges
By Christian Eedes, 30 September 2021
Christian Eedes, Editor, Winemag.co.za (all)
After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, Christian spent a brief period in the advertising industry as a copywriter. He joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. Christian has completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in addition to various other local and international competitions.
Sean Harrison, Design & Strategy LUCO° Brands (all)
Sean Harrison has some 25 years of experience in graphic design and branding. He is currently the Creative Partner at LUCO° Brands having previously been independent brand consultant for Graft and a founding member of Whitespace Creative. He is a winner of various national and international awards and has judged at both the Loerie Awards and Cannes Lions Awards.
François Rautenbach, Heads of the Premier Wine Direct programme for the Singita Conservation brand (wine)
François Rautenbach is responsible for sourcing and supplying wines for the Singita group’s 15 lodges and camps in four African countries. Deeply invested in hospitality having lived and worked in Africa, France, the UK and Australia – always with the emphasis on food and wine excellence.
Rob Gower, Senior Wine Buyer, Woolworths
Rob Gower hails from a winemaking family and has a keen interest in developing new brands and markets.
Lucy Corne, beer and travel writer (beer)
Lucy Corne, originally from the UK, is a beer and travel writer. Since settling in South Africa she has become an avid participant in the booming beer scene. Lucy is the author of various books on South African beer and is qualified in terms of the Beer Judging Certification Program. Find her at brewmistress.co.za.
Troye May, beer judge, homebrewer, host of #Beertime podcast (beer)
Troye May is a certified beer judge, award-winning homebrewer, and host of South Africa’s biggest beer podcast, #Beertime. He has also produced a documentary on craft beer in South Africa called, Brewing the Republic.
Bernard Gutman, drinks writer and presenter (spirits)
Bernard Gutman has spent more than two decades talking and writing about whisky and other spirits. He is an internationally acclaimed whisky presenter known for his entertaining, informal and informative style. He has judged spirits competitions since 2005 and participated in whisky festivals around the world.
Patrick Leclezio, drinks writer (spirits)
Patrick Leclezio is an independent commentator on liquor and travel. Find him at indypat.com.
Leah van Deventer, drinks writer (spirits)
Leah van Deventer is a professional spirits and cocktails writer. Leah also regularly judges cocktail competitions, and was voted Media Contributor of the Year at the 2019 BAR Awards. Find her at leahvandeventer.com.