Brian K JULYAN MS
Brian K JULYAN MS
President and Chief Financial Officer, Court of Master Sommeliers Europe
Brian gained his Master Sommelier qualification in 1972, after which he proposed the formation of the Court which was ultimately established in 1977. A professional consultant and educator, Brian has worked in all areas of the hospitality industry as well as being a chief examiner/judge for a multitude of programmes and competitions. Brian now devotes much of his time to mentoring candidates preparing for the Court’s MS exam.
For several years Charles led the Bailliage of USA’s National Young Sommeliers Competition working with Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine to grow, redesign and improve the educational experience for young wine professionals, Sommelier participation more than doubled in this era.
For seven years he has been a judge for the Houston Rodeo Wine Competition, one of the world’s largest wine competitions with more than 3,000 wines submitted by 1,100 wineries worldwide.
Charles is a certified wine professional with the Society of Wine Educators and the Culinary Institute of America. In earlier years when wine was his hobby rather than vocation, his career portfolio included Emmy-award-winning news reporter and anchor on US public television and senior executive in the computer industry.
Charles holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Masters-in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He resides in Texas.
Since 2007 she has owned her own wine consultancy company, she also loves lecturing about wine. From 2005-2014 she was a specialist lecturer in wine and the wine trade at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Turku Vocational Institute and Haaga-Perho Restaurant and Hotel Management school.
Christina has a long history of winning awards in both Finland and the Nordic countries. From 2002 she has been a judge in Finland’s Best Sommelier competition. Keenly involved with the Finnish Sommelier Association since 1995, Christina was President from 2000-2006.
Her career portfolio covers a wealth of experience gained in a range of hotels and wine organisations. Within the Tampere-based Armas Catering group Christina owns Restaurant Suomalainen Klubi, Arthouse Cafe as well as the event catering business. Also in Tampere is her fine dining Restaurant C.
Christina loves to cook, read cookery books, collect recipes, work in her garden, travel to wine countries and of course drink wine. She is fluent in Swedish (her mother tongue), Finnish and English.
Because of her passion for wine, 20 years ago Dominique started giving wine lessons to friends. This grew into many concepts of wine education: tastings for example which she designed herself as well as teaching about wine in evening classes.
Three years ago, Dominique developed a concept of wine education online (www.d-winecoach.be). This was in the form of a box of six bottles of wine with a film documentary and a syllabus covering the six wines.
Dominique said “Making the documentary by travelling through France with a film crew documenting wine was a marvellous experience that I was fortunate to have.”
From the Flemish Wine Institute (EVW - Eigentijds Vlaams Wijninstituut now part of Syntra Weste), Dominique obtained a ‘Sommelier’ diploma in 1992 followed by a ‘Winemaster’ accreditation in 2010.
His interest in wine and service was brought into focus in the early 1970s. Firstly by a wine maker who made him promise that any wine he bought for cellaring would come from established houses as ‘they have a track record’.
Secondly by a Sommelier who deduced that the vintage Champagne served at a meal was not totally flat when it was served in fine lead crystal glasses. As John observed, “The sight of fine bubbles coming from a hitherto apparently lifeless wine was a revelation. This Sommelier’s expert knowledge was what service is all about.”
Other than food, cooking and hospitality, John has an interest in Roman (west and aast) history, the American War of Independence, classical music and Napoleon Bonaparte, the interest in the latter being that he facilitated reforms of the French wine industry.
A political scientist by education, John worked almost exclusively in the scientific field. He regards his exposure to and interaction with the brightest and the best over the decades as a privilege.