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Justin Martindale MW

Justin Martindale MW

Became an MW 2022

Based in United Kingdom

Languages English


Justin is an educator, consultant and wine judge based in Edinburgh.

After studying for a music degree at Leeds University, followed by a brief stint as a classical musician, Justin joined the wine trade with Majestic in 2008. He worked across some of London’s busiest stores whilst studying for his WSET Level 3 certificate, for which he was awarded a distinction and the Cálem Port Award scholarship. Since 2010 Justin has been based in Scotland, studying the WSET diploma during his time at Majestic, and winning the Derouet Jameson Award Scholarship which set him on the road for MW studies.

In 2013 Justin established Lothian Wine School in Edinburgh, where he now works as head tutor teaching WSET courses, masterclasses and bespoke private events, as well as running a consultancy business and judging at various international wine competitions.

Justin became an MW in 2022, and received both the Madame Bollinger Award for the best tasting performance and the Quinta do Noval award for the best Research Paper.

Primary area(s) of work: Communication

Industry sector(s): Educator, Consultant, Wine judge

Specialisms: Events, Food and wine pairing, Training, Education, Wine judging