Professional Judging Panel

Invited Judges
Giovanni Balistreri – General Manager, Assistant Winemaker Russian River Vineyards
Cristin Brown – Wine lover, drinker, importer, seller, marketer: Return to Terroir
Nicolas Cantacuzene – Winemaker: Emeritus Vineyards
Larry Chandler – Wine Editorial and Education, Food & People Pairing, Social Media Marketing, Wine Blogger
Charlotte Chipperfield – Founder & Wine Educator of The Wine Key
Scott Clemens – Editor: Epicurean Traveler
Cynthia Cosco – Winemaker, Passagio
Susan Darwin – Partner, California Vintage Wine Bars; California Boutique: Wine Consultant, Wine Marketing
Alexis Davis – Sommelier: Alexis Davis started studying wine during an internship in Napa Vally in 2004. Since then she has worked at Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA, and is a sommelier at The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena. She is currently preparing for the Advanced certicifate from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Debra Del Fiorentino – Consumer Marketing Director Events Russian River Vineyards, Sommelier, CWP; International Wine Judge
Jaime Dowell – Assistant Winemaker at Alpha Omega Winery
Barbara Drady – Chief Wine Evangelist & CEO: Affairs of the Vine
John Drady – Director of Brand Development: Vintage Wine Estates; Founder: Sonoma Coast Vineyards
Thea Dwelle – Wine Blogger: Luscious Lushes Blog
Ted Elliott – Owner/Winemaker: TR Elliott
William Feaster – When Dr. Bill Feaster is not working with children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, he joins us and lends his amazing palate to our judging panel.
John Fisher – Managing Director, Fisher & Company – investment bankers to branded consumer companies
Tom FosterConsulting Winemaker
David Glancy – Founder & Chief Education Officer at San Francisco Wine School
Leon Glover – Winemaker: Lion Heart Wines
Chris Greacen – Social Media Professional and Wine Lover, Lab Zero
David Heppberger – Wine Consultant, Buyer: Menlo Circus Club
R. Anton Hicks
Linus Hollis – Wine Lover and the most scientifically educated of all of our judges.
Maria Hunt – Award-winning journalist, wine blogger and entertaining expert, Maria Hunt is a Culinary Institute of America Certified Wine Professional and is studying to become a certified member of The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Richard Jennings – Silicon Valley-based wine writer with over 33,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, a blog called http:RJonWine.com and weekly wine column in HuffingtonPost
Espen Jensen – Agent at TB Tonnellerie, Barrel Producer
Ward Kadel – Wine Blogger, DRXENO, West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net
Justin Kahler – Winemaker, Justin Kahler, creates wines of unparalleled elegance and quality under the KATIN and ARADA labels.
Ellen Landis – Wine Director: Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay, California; Wine Consultant; Wine Blogger: Ellen on Wine
Ken Landis – Chef, Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn
Christian Lane – Vintner, Simple Math Cellars
Jonjie Lockman – COO for Intervine, Women for WineSense Executive Board Member, and Certified Specialist of Wine.
Paul Manchester – Wine Buyer, Grocery Outlet
Elizabeth McKeague – Sales Director: TR Elliott
Angela Moncrief – Business Development Manager: Acquisition Integration at Cisco Systems, Inc.; WSET
Sandrew Montgomery – President and Sommelier at Sandrews Wine Services
Lisa Mroz – Collabria’s founder, Lisa Mroz, has over 20 years of experience in management and strategic change consulting. She has certifications from both the Court of Master Sommeliers and Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
Carolyn MulasWine Manager at Southern Wine & Spirits; Partner, Mulas Family Vineyards
Ben Narasin – Wine, Food, Travel & Luxury Lifestyle Writer
Laura Ness – Wine Marketer, Wine Judge, Wine Writer: Appellation America & many others
Dave Page – Wine Buyer & Consultant
Andreas Papaliolios – Wine Buyer: Tahoe Yacht Club
Alexandria Pappas – Wine Blogger: Brix Chicks
Steve Paulo – Wine Blogger: Notes From The Cellar, a journal of tasting notes and wine reviews, is written and maintained by Steve Paulo, rogue wine reviewer, software developer, baseball aficionado, and native son of California.
Michael Perry – Certified Wine Educator and Certified Sommelier
Greg Richtarek – Director of Marketing, Guglielmo Winery
Bruce Robinson – Consummate Wine Lover
Lindsey Roffey – CSW, Certified Sommelier, General Manager Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery
Jason Rzutkiewicz – Wine Blogger, Jason views the wine world as a treasure hunt for grown-ups. Jason’s Wine Blog
Sid Sall – Wine Director: Great Chefs & Wineries of the North Bay
Jerry Starr – Certified Sommelier and Director, Client Services at Signature Wines
Eva SwanNorcal Wine
Fred Swan – Wine Writer, President: NorCal Wine
Liza Swift – Wine Blogger, Brix Chicks
Csaba Szakal – Winemaker: En Garde
Tim Teichgraeber – Freelance Wine & Spirits Writer, contributing to the San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Wine News, Tasting Panel, The Wave, Cooking Pleasures, Wines & Vines, and other wine and spirits publications.
Jennifer Thomson – The Millennial Daughter & Blogger & Trouble Causer:Jennifer R. Thomson “The Millennial Daughter” didn’t want to go to UC Davis, they grow corn there and she told The Farmer so. Instead she graduated from Napa High School as a two sport athlete and went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where they have tractor pulls. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Communications and made The Farmer proud when she brought back a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to California after two years spent the Panhandle of Florida. One of just four women in her cohort, her thesis is titled The Economic Climate of the California Wine Industry.
Ed Thralls – Wine Blogger: Wine Tonite!; Winemaker, Certified Specialist of Wine, Winemaker Certificate from UC-Davis
Edgar Vogt – Wine Educator: Wineworks
Walter Vornbrock III – Wine Consultant
Evan Williams – Proprietor and wine buyer of Evan’s American Gourmet Cafe in South Lake Tahoe, California. Evan has been judging wine for 20 years. Food and wine are not just his business, but his passion.
Rosina WilsonWine Blogger, Sonoma/Marin Correspondent: Appellation America
Liza Zimmerman – Chief Editor: Cheers Magazine; Writer: Examiner; The Wine Chick
Daniel Zinke – Director of Sourcing, Invino

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Peter Eaton April 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

You should not have persons as judges who make Rhone style wines.

barbara September 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Hi Peter,
All of the wines are tasted totally blind. I find that often the best comments and those that are toughest on the wines are winemakers themselves. In all of the years we have been conducting the Wine Shootouts, few winemakers have recognized their own wines in the blind tastings.
Barbara

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