Judges

At the San Francisco International Wine Competition, our judging panels consist of some of the most experienced, respected palates in the wine industry. Ranging from esteemed beverage directors to Master Sommeliers, our judges bring years of expertise to the judging table and are well versed in the intricacies that make a wine truly exceptional.

 

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


Ian Blackburn

WineLA, Los Angeles


MARK BOWERY

Wine and Spirits Consultant, Mark Bowery Consulting, Mendocino


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


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


MICHAEL FEIL

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


Michael Franz

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


DR. ROWALD HEPP

Wine Estate Director, Schloss Vollrads, Rheingau,Germany


STEVEN IZZO

Wine and Beverage Director, Waterbar, San Francisco


KRISTINA KESSLER

Senior Beverage Buyer, Cost Plus World Market, Oakland


Sean Ludford

Director, Bevx.com, Chicago


CHARLES F. MARA

President, The Mara Wine Group, New York


Tim Marson, MW

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


DRAKE MCCARTHY

Director of Sales, Golden State Wine, Oakland


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


GEORGE SKORKA

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


Wendy Stanford

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


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


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


Scott Greenberg

Wine Columnist, The Vine Guy


JIM HARRÉ

Wine Consultant & International Wine Judge, The Gates Country Lodge


KATE RADBURND

Winemaker & Director, Radburnd Cellars


DR. LUBOŠ BÁRTA

Editor-in-Chief, Czech SOMMELIER Magazine


NICOLE CARTER

Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Winemaking, Hess Family Wine Estates


ORIETTA GIANJORIO, CS

Owner, Orietta LLC Wine. Olive Oil. Chocolate. Honey


PATRICK DODD, CSS, CS, CWE

Sr. Director, E. & J. Gallo Winery


RYAN MCHENDRY

Retail Wine Industry SME


Bethany Burke

Sr. Vice President, Public Relations & Corp. Communications, TAUB FAMILY COMPANIES


Bob Silverstein

Wine Director, Venice Beach Wines


Brian Baker, CSW

General Manager, Mayacamas Vineyards


Dana Farner

Regional Director, SevenFifty


Jim Blumling

Group Vice President Wine, Beer & Spirits, Safeway


Jordan Ogron

Principal, LA Restaurant Group


Michael Ploetz

Director of Food and Beverage, Las Alcobas


Nick Dumergue

Partner, RingIT, Inc. Wine Ring
Wine Director, Blue Plate Oysterette
Brand Ambassador, Bird in Hand Winery and TIKI Wine & Vineyards


Rachel Van Til

Wine Director, Mabel Gray


Phil Market

Sales Manager Liquor - Southern California Division, Safeway


Sarah Blau

General Manager and Consulting Wine Buyer, Aster


Stacie Hunt

Certified Silver Pin Sommelier WSA/NASA, Splash Productions


Shelley Lindgren

Owner, A16 and SPQR


Toshio Ueno

Executive Instructor & VP, Sake School of America
Manager of Business Development, Mutual Trading Co., Inc.


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