On the Vine Panel Members
On the Vine Panel Members
Rod Properjohn: Rod has worked in the wine trade for 40 years and has been a wine educator in WA for over 30 years. Over this time Rod has written for most wine magazines and papers in in the state not to mention judging at many regional wine shows including Timbertowns Wine Show. Boutique Wine Show at Bridgetown, Wandering Wine Show, Geographe Wine Show. Rod loves wine and loves food, what he sees as totally compatible, if people enjoy wine, they will enjoy food and vice versa.
Stef Biagi: Stef has always had a passion for wine and joined the trade sixteen years ago. Starting with managing six independents for over 10 years, Stef then moved to Swanbourne Cellars as manager in 2010. While in the trade, Stef studied all the courses provided at the Wine Education Centre including Wine Basics, Advanced Wine and WSET Level 2. He has also travelled extensively in Australia and more recently to Spain (Rioja, Navarra, San Sebastián, Penedès and Bilbao). Stef chairs the Liquor Barons panel.
Steve Perry: Steve has been involved in the wine trade for many years starting at John Coppins in 1985 where he worked for 12 years. He then became General Manager at Swanbourne Cellars and now co-chairs the Liquor Barons panel with Stef. Steve has travelled extensively within Australia and across to Europe visiting Champagne, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Provence and Tuscany. What he likes most about his job, apart from the wine, is the people which is reflected in his loyal customer base who don’t hesitate to ask him for his latest recommendations. When he’s not at the store, you might find him playing tennis, off bike riding and when the swell is up, surfing.
Anthony Reynolds: Anthony is the only winemaker on the panel having made wines for Palandri for over 9 years and has been making wines for Cowaramup Wines for over 14 years. As well as making wine, Anthony has travelled extensively; working vintages in Margaret River, Beaujolais & Languedoc in France and Rheinhessen in Germany. Anthony has been the main owner at Liquor Barons Dalkeith for 6 years. When asked about what he loves most about his job, it’s going to trade tastings and seeing what’s out there in the world and buying it for his loyal customers. And when he’s not working, you might see him paddle boarding or playing a round of golf!
Peter Bradbeer: As well as tasting on the Liquor Barons Panel every two weeks, Peter is very involved in other panels and wine judging. He has judged for many competitions including Geographe, Tall Timbers and Qantas Wine Shows, and Winestate Magazine, and has been on Peter Forrestal’s wine panel, also a member of Swan Valley Vintners for over 25 years. He has owned and managed 4 Liquor Barons stores for over 35 years and for the last 18 years Liquor Barons Herdsman, across its two locations. Working and doing what he does means he can taste, try and review so many wines, a great privilege for him. And when he’s not tastings, he’s off sailing.
Michael Dickson: Michael Dickson was interested in wine as a hobby then it became a job. He’s worked as a wholesaler for a number of big brands before working in a number of wine retail stores and more recently at Liquor Barons Claremont. Michael started his panel tasting with Liberty Liquors and has now been on the Liquor Barons Panel tasting for the past 5 years. Michael loves the fact that the world of wine is continuously changing and there are always new varieties and something new to try. When he isn’t working or tasting, you’ll find Michael cycling around Perth, sometimes in lycra and when he’s not taxiing his kids to their after school activities!
Anthony Cooper: Anthony has been in the liquor trade in Western Australia for over 18 years and becomes the fourth generation of his family to be a licensee in WA recently taking over Liquor Barons in Mosman Park. Before joining the Liquor Barons group, Anthony was a wine sales representative working with many international and Australian brands and worked the 2014 vintage at Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Tough but rewarding, the vintage certainly gave him an appreciation of the hard work that goes into a bottle of wine. When he’s not working he’ll most likely be hosting wine dinners and tasting events, another passion of his!
Ruth Turnbull: Living in Bordeaux as a university student and writing her dissertation about the reputation of Bordeaux wine started Ruth’s interest in the industry. Since then Ruth has passed her Advanced Certificate and Diploma, both with merit, at the WSET school in London where she first worked in retail and then in Public Relations in the wine trade. Since moving to Perth and working as a consultant in the trade, Ruth has studied the Wines Essentials Plus course and tasted on the panel with Peter Forrestal and more recently on the Liquor Barons panel. Her aim is to complete the highly acclaimed Master of Wine.