Jennifer Docherty MW
Became an MW 2015
Based in China
Languages English, French, Mandarin
Jennifer resides in Hong Kong and splits her time between Hong Kong and Shanghai heading up Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits portfolio and leading their buying and educators team. Her team brings producers to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau and helps them build distribution, in addition to providing training and education (including WSET) for staff and customers.
Jennifer moved to Asia in 2018 in order to be closer to the dynamic Asian wine market where she is able to build upon her commercial experience using her Mandarin Chinese and French language skills. She brings with her over 12 years of UK wine trade experience in sales, fine wine and buying. For over six years, she used her acute palate, which enabled her to pass her MW practical tasting exam on the first attempt, to select wines for venerated UK and Irish importer, Liberty Wines' award-winning portfolio as their wine and sake buyer
Jennifer also judges wine and sake competitions for International Wine Challenge Sake Competition and IWC China and writes a wine lifestyle column for DecanterChina.com.
Current employer: Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits, Greater China
Industry sector(s): Marketing, Sales, Distribution, Agency/Importer, Off trade, On trade, Buying, Journalism, Wine judge
Wine styles: Champagne, Still white, Still red, Still wines
Wine region expertise: South Africa, France, UK, Spain, Piedmont
Market expertise: Asia, United Kingdom, China
Specialisms: Marketing wine, Supplier/customer relationships, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Routes to market, Importation, Distribution, HORECA, Direct to consumer, Supermarket and multiple retail, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Branding, Wine judging