Professional Judging Panel
Brent Amos – Winemaker at Las Positas Vineyards
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
Charlotte Chipperfield – Founder & Wine Educator of The Wine Key
Scott Clemens – Editor: Epicurean Traveler
Bob Cooley – VP Sales & Marketing at Benovia Winery
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.
Alan DeWitt – Winemaker at Guglielmo Winery
Barbara Drady – Chief Wine Evangelist & CEO: Affairs of the Vine
John Drady – Founder, Sonoma Coast Vineyards
Thea Dwelle – Wine Blogger: Luscious Lushes Blog
Ted Elliott – Owner/Winemaker: TR Elliott
Jacquelyn Farrington – Hospitality and Direct-to-Consumer Sales at Six Sigma Ranch and Winery
John Fisher – Managing Director, Fisher & Company – investment bankers to branded consumer companies
Tom Foster – Consulting Winemaker
David Glancy – Founder & Chief Education Officer at San Francisco Wine School
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.
Espen Jensen – Agent at TB Tonnellerie, Barrel Producer
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
Paul Manchester – Wine Buyer, Grocery Outlet
Desiray McFall – Oakland native and Bay Area actor and filmmaker, is the owner of Black Patent Productions and a partner at Eat Drink GoDo, Creating Memorable Experiences with food, wine and folks!
Elizabeth McKeague – Sales Director: TR Elliott
Elizabeth McKeague – Sales Director at 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 Mulas – Wine 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
Christian O’Kuinghttons – Sommelier d’Hotel / Cellar Master / Mixologist at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
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.
Michele Petro – Chef, Culinary & Wine Educator specializing in food and wine pairing dinners
Greg Richtarek – Wine Marketing Professional
Bruce Robinson – Consummate Wine Lover
Lindsey Roffey – CSW, Certified Sommelier, General Manager Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery
Sid Sall – Wine Director: Great Chefs & Wineries of the North Bay
Meredith Sarboraria – Viticulture Technician at TerrAvion, Inc.;
Previously at Fenestra Winery
Jerry Starr – Certified Sommelier and Director, Client Services at Signature Wines
Tom Stutz – Winemaker at La Rochelle
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.
Julie Thiebaut – Wine Educator, Wine Judge, Wine Aficionado.
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 Wilson – Wine Blogger, Sonoma/Marin Correspondent: Appellation America
Liza Zimmerman – Chief Editor: Cheers Magazine; Writer: Examiner;