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Darius Allyn MS

Speciality Wines
FromHong Kong

Seattle native Darius Allyn became the 60th American to pass the Master Sommelier examination in 2005, after obtaining his Advanced Oenology Diploma from leading winemaking school UC Davis in 2004. With over 30 years hospitality experience, Allyn has created and led award-winning wine programmes around the world including two Wine Spectator Grand Award recipients Aureole Las Vegas and Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney Australia. A firm believer in industry wine education, Allyn was Adjunct Professor in University of Nevada Las Vegas for 6 years. Over the past decade, Allyn frequently travelled to Asia to lead courses for Court of Master Sommeliers whilst continuing to be active as Examiner for Master Sommelier level candidates. Allyn possesses extensive judging and speaking experience, having participated in over 40 international wine conferences and competitions. He recently worked as the Wine Director for the prestigious Hong Kong Jockey Club and is currently the CEO of GenWine, a multi-faceted wine logistical company serving Asian markets based in Hong Kong.

  Darius  Allyn MS

"I hope to contribute my extensive experience and professionalism with humility to this year’s judging panel.

My mantra is to judge upon objectivity with a small degree of subjectivity.

A win from the HKIWSC is quality assurance to consumers and trade."