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Gus Zhu MW

Gus Zhu MW

Became an MW 2019

Based in China

Nationality Chinese

Languages English, Mandarin


Gus is the first Chinese national Master of Wine. He has become a seasoned wine educator under the tutelage of Fongyee Walker MW and Edward Ragg MW, the co-founders of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting. He has combined his wine education resulting in a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis with practical winemaking experience at Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars, and hospitality and sales experience at the Hall Winery in Napa. Gus’ commitment to the academic field of wine is evidenced by his MW dissertation about the sensory science of wine; and by co-authoring a review paper, “A Quarter Century of Wine Pigment Discovery”, published in the Journal of Food and Agriculture.

Gus rejoined Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting as a wine educator in mainland China after five years of studying and working in the US. He continues providing global education and consulting services at Gus Zhu Wine Consulting. He works as an international consultant on wine education and is committed to sharing his expertise with global WSET Diploma candidates in the Online Classroom.

Current employer: Gus Zhu Wine Consulting, Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting

Industry sector(s): Academic, Consultant, Educator

Wine region expertise: Australia, California, Ningxia, USA

Market expertise: Asia, China, North America

Specialisms: Wine species, Wine pigments, Sensory evaluation , Direct to consumer, Food and wine pairing, Wine tourism, Wine judging