2004 - Shalva Khetsuriani
Shalva Khetsuriani who traveled from his family’s Georgian wine operation and his wine consultancy work in Moscow on a hectic trip around some of the finest wine estates in France during vintage 2004. He has returned home determined to put some of the practices he saw into effect and to spread his newfound expertise among other Georgian and Russian wine professionals. Unfortunately Georgian wine has suffered the massive setback of being prohibited from its most important export market Russia.
Runners-up were Alexandra Grigorieva, a Russian academic journalist who wanted to revive traditional recipes in France and Italy and UK-based Shirley Booth who wanted to go to Japan and research sake and food matches.