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International Cool Climate Wine Show 2022 
Associate Judges 


Darren Wilcock

Darren Wilcock plunged into the world of wine because of a fascination with its unending complexity.


He soon gained experience working with Elgee Park and Baillieu vineyards located on the Mornington Peninsula, one of the premium wine-growing regions in Victoria, Australia.

Employed as the Cellar Door Manager at the Merricks General Wine Store, a leading restaurant and boutique wine retailer, Darren showcased many of the region’s best producers before progressing into wine distribution.


A passionate sales and wine man, Darren now represents the Elgee Park & Baillieu brands in a competitive local market where he enjoys close relationships with the regions’ top clientele. He is well respected for his knowledge and personality by his peers and clients alike.


Over the years, Darren has completed several courses including WSET I & II, and the Australian Wine Research Institute Sparkling Wine Symposium at William Angliss Institute.


He is a regular participant in short wine tastings and wine courses held by fine wine retailers covering wines from all over the world.


With this experience of both Australian and International wines, Darren was approached to become an Associate Judge in 2019 at the International Cool Climate Wine Show and will again be an Associate Judge in 2022.


Forever interested in new and alternative varietals, Darren enjoys training his palate tasting and pouring wine, along with continually learning first hand from producers and professionals within the industry.

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Mel Gilcrist

Mel is a passionate wine professional aspiring to associate judge.  She is the co-host of Wine with Meg & Mel, a wine podcast here in Australia and is a published wine writer under writing mentor Max Allen.

She spent 6 months wine training for the Ambassador role in Barossa, Marlborough, Sonoma and Rioja.  She is also a Committee member for Wine Communications of Australia - Vic charter.

Mel has been an Assistant Brand manager with Pernod Ricard Australia, and also a Wine Ambassador for Pernod Ricard in Canda.  She currently works for Rob Dolan Wines as a marketing and communications manager.

Mel has completed WSET 2, WSET 3, World of Greek Wine and Mastering Australian Wine.


She is looking forward to being involved in the 2022 International Cool Climate Wine Show.

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Mark Baulderstone

Mark Baulderstone has been with RIEDEL since 2000, having spent the last 15 years as Managing Director of RIEDEL Australia and New Zealand.


The 2022 International Cool Climate Wine Show will be Mark’s first-time judging. Having been in the wine related industry for over 25 years, Mark is regularly delivering consumer tastings classes with emphasis on the “senses of wine”. Grape Varietal Specific glassware has changed the way we drink wines and each varietal has its own glass named after it.


Mark also regularly educates winery and wine trade personnel about wine and the senses.


Mark is a Riedel glass educator at Roseworthy Wine Sensory Evaluation and a professional member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux.

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