Judges of the Wine Competition

A jury of open-minded wine industry peers serve as judges: top winemakers and chefs, marketing executives and wholesalers, writers and journalists, enologists and winegrowers, from Napa to New York. An almost perfect representation of professionals who are at the pulse of the American super core wine consumer.

2017 Judges

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Judge Business From
Jay Bileti American Wine Society Arizona
John Buechsenstein Wine Education & Consultation California
Jeanne Burgess Seavin, Inc. Florida
Mark Chien Oregon Wine Research Institute Oregon
Christopher Cook Michigan Wine Competition Michigan
Tyler Daniels Two-EEs Winery Indiana
Allen Dossey Purple Toad Winery Kentucky
Kim Doty French Lick Winery & Spirits Indiana
Dennis Dunham Oliver Winery Indiana
Jeff Durm Buck Creek Winery Indiana
Traci Dutton Culinary Institute of America California
David Ebert VinSense LLC Indiana
Mark Fisher Dayton Daily News Ohio
Russ Funk Carlos Creek Winery Minnesota
Jim Gooley Big Red Liquors Indiana
Carole Hackett American Wine Society Kentucky
Dan Hansen Lakeshore Inn Michigan
Eric Harris Two-EE's Winery Indiana
Charlotte Horton-Davis Tasters Guild Michigan
Kris Kane 21 Brix Winery New York
Jolene Ketzenberger EatDrinkIndy.com Indiana
Will Kimberley Calico Skies Vineyard & Winery Iowa
Matthew Kipper Virgil's Vineyard California
Lise Kruer Huber Winery Indiana
Morgan Lee Two Vintners / Covington Cellars Washington
Blake Loudermilk Easley Winery Indiana
Tyler Madison Kentucky Grape & Wine Council Kentucky
Dennis Martin Fetzer Vineyards California
Erik McQueeney Monarch Beverage Indiana
Andrew Meggitt St. James Winery Missouri
Ann Miller Les Bourgeois Vineyards Missouri
Nancie Oxley St Julian Wine Company Michigan
Michel Pascal Carroll Wine & Spirits Indiana
Rachael Peake Capital Cellars Kentucky
Celina Pennisi Sommelier Nebraska
Micheal Pyle RNDC of Indiana Indiana
Jonas Schrodt Brown County Winery Indiana
Nick Smith University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin
Stephen Somermeyer Chateau Thomas Winery Indiana
Mary Studt WineDirt.com Washington
Paul Tonnaci Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association New Jersey
Jennifer Valenta Wine Acumen Oregon
Bill Ward Star Tribune Minnesota
Karen Warner Confrérie des Compagnons Goustevin de Normandie Indiana
Kathryn Webb Wine Augusta AWS Georgia
Aaron Welch Florida International University Florida
Barry Wiss Trinchero Family Estates California
Danny Wood Midwest Wine Press Missouri
Anne Zwink Soldier Creek Vineyard Iowa

About the Competition

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