Judges

Anthony Dias Blue

Executive Director, San Francisco International Wine Competition and Executive Director, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
President, Blue Lifestyle
Host of nationally syndicated radio talk show Blue Lifestyle
Editor-in-Chief, The Tasting Panel Magazine, The SOMM Journal, The Clever Root, Los Angeles


TIM MCDONALD, CSW

Director of Judging, San Francisco International Wine Competition
President, Wine Spoken Here, Napa


BRIAN BAKER, CSW

VP Sales and Marketing, Chateau Montelena, Calistoga


HEIDI PETERSON BARRETT

Winemaker and Proprietor, La Sirena Winery and Barrett & Barrett, Calistoga


Dan Berger

Wine Writer, Vintage Experiences, Santa Rosa


Jessie Birschbach-Sheldon

Wine Editor, The SOMM Journal, Encino


Ian Blackburn

WineLA, Los Angeles


Sarah Blau

General Manager, Aster, San Francisco


Jim Blumling

Group Vice President Wine Beer Spirits, Safeway, Pleasanton


VIRGINIE BOONE

Writer, Wine Enthusiast, Sonoma Valley


MARK BOWERY

Wine and Spirits Consultant, Mark Bowery Consulting, Mendocino


Ronald Brown

Editor and Publisher, The Japan Wine Challenge Magazine, Japan


Cassandra Brown, CS, CSW, CWAS

Sommelier / Wine Educator, The Chocolate Grape, Sommelier, At YOUR Service, Las Vegas


Ted Carmon

BevMo!, VP, GMM - Wine, Concord


Jim Caudill

Director, Marketing Communications, Treasury Wine Estates, Napa


MICHAEL CERVIN

Wine Writer and Blogger, Decanter, Santa Barbara News, Santa Barbara


KIMBERLY CHARLES, DWS

Owner, Charles Communications Associates, San Francisco


John Cunin

Principal, JMC Consulting, Las Vegas


FRED DAME, MS

VP Prestige Accounts, Southern Wine & Spirits, San Mateo


Eduardo A Dingler

Corporate Beverage Director, Morimoto Restaurants, Napa


TRACI DUTTON

Wine Director, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Saint Helena


ZIGGY ESCHLIMAN

Wine Gal and Countess of Cocktails, Wine Country Radio, Santa Rosa


Dana Farner

Dana Farner, Senior Wine Adviser, Soutriage, Los Angeles


MICHAEL FEIL

GM / Wine and Spirits Buyer, Jupiter Island Club, Florida


Michael Franz

Editor, Wine Consultant and Educator, Wine Review Online, Maryland


Gilian Handelman

Director of Education / Communications, Jackson Family Wines, Santa Rosa


DR. ROWALD HEPP

Wine Estate Director, Schloss Vollrads, Rheingau,Germany


Stacie Hunt

North American Sommelier Association


STEVEN IZZO

Wine and Beverage Director, Waterbar, San Francisco


KRISTINA kessler

Senior Beverage Buyer, Cost Plus World Market, Oakland


Lars J. Leicht

Director of Trade Development, Banfi Vintners, New York


Shelley Lindgren

Owner, A16 and SPQR, San Francisco


Sean Ludford

Director, Bevx.com, Chicago


CHARLES F. MARA

President, The Mara Wine Group, New York


PHIL MARKERT

Sales Manager Liquor- Southern California Division, Safeway, Livermore


Tim Marson, MW

Senior Buyer, California Wine, Wine.com, San Francisco


DRAKE MCCARTHY

Director of Sales, Golden State Wine, Oakland


JIM MCMAHON

Wine Writer, Author & Consultant, Australia


TIM MCNALLY

Host, The Wine Show and WISTAM690, New Orleans


TONYA PITTS

Sommelier / Wine Director, One Market, San Francisco


NICK PONOMAREFF

Wine Writer, California Grapevine, California


JOE ROBERTS

Wine Writer and Blogger, Creator 1Winedude.com, Philadelphia


CHRISTOPHER SAWYER

Journalist, Wine Educator and Sommelier, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at the Lodge at Sonoma, Sonoma


Leslie Sbrocco

Host, Check, Please! Bay Area, San Francisco


GEORGE SKORKA

Wine Consultant, Skorka Wine Consulting; Sommelier, Church & State, Los Angeles


Wendy Stanford

Senior Merchandise Planner & Product Manager, Wine.com, San Francisco


JEFFERY K. STIVERS

General Manager, Sommelier and Wine and Liquor Program Director, Cicada Restaurant, Simi Valley


MIKE TADICH

Italian Portfolio Manager, Breakthru Beverage, Las Vegas


TIM TEICHGRAEBER

Freelance Wine Writer, San Francisco


Liz Thach, MW

Distinguished Professor of Wine & Management, Sonoma State University, Sonoma


JAMES TREZISE

President, International Riesling Foundation and WineAmerica, New York


DR. VALERY UHL

Director and Chief Judge, North of the Gate Wine Competition, Petaluma


Rachel Van Til

Sommelier & Service Manager, Mabel Gray, Hazel Park


KEVIN M. VOGT, MS

Vice President / Partner, Wine Country Connection, Younteville


BILL WARD

Wine Writer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis


RONALD WASHAM

Sommelier, HoseMaster of Wine, Healdsburg


GERALD WEISL

Retailer and Wine Buyer, Weimax Wines & Spirits, Burlingame


ROBERT WHITLEY

Publisher, Writer and Managing Partner, Wine Review Online, San Diego


WILFRED WONG

Chief Storyteller, Wine.com, San Francisco


MW: Master of Wine

MS: Master Sommelier 

DWS: Diploma of Wines and Spirits

CSW: Certified Spirits Specialist 

CS: Certified Sommelier 

CSS: Certified Specialist of Wine 

 

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