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.

2018 Judges

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Judge Business From
Donna Adams Winzerwald Winery Indiana
Calvin Barnett Certified Sommelier Illinois
Josh Bartels Jigar Wines California
Peter Bell Fox Run Vineyards New York
John Jr Benish Benessere Vineyards California
Bruce Bordelon Purdue Wine Grape Team Indiana
John Buechsenstein Wine Education & Consultation California
Amy Butler Butler Winery, INC Indiana
Ellie Butz Vintage Winery Consultants Indiana
Shane Christ Satek Winery Indiana
Fred Dame Master Sommelier California
Kim Doty French Lick Winery & Spirits Indiana
Jeff Durm Buck Creek Winery Indiana
David Ebert VinSense LLC Indiana
Thom England Ivy Tech Community College Indiana
Mark Fisher Dayton Daily News Ohio
Russ Funk Carlos Creek Winery Minnesota
Kevin Geeting Country Heritage Winery Indiana
Jim Gooley Big Red Liquors Indiana
Carole Hackett American Wine Society Kentucky
Russ Hamilton Hamilton Cellars Washington
Dan Hansen Lakeshore Inn Michigan
Eric Harris Two-EE's Winery Indiana
Lorraine Hems Rochester Institute of Technology New York
Charlotte Horton-Davis Tasters Guild Michigan
Kris Kane 21 Brix Winery New York
Emily Kennedy Running Vines Winery Indiana
Jolene Ketzenberger EatDrinkIndy.com Indiana
Matthew Kipper Virgil's Vineyard California
Chris Lawlor-White Galena Cellars Winery and Vineyard Illinois
Ann Miller Les Bourgeois Vineyards Missouri
Gregory Miseyko American Fine Wine Competition Florida
Nancie Oxley St Julian Wine Company Michigan
Nikolas Pappas Krasi LLC Indiana
Michel Pascal Carroll Wine & Spirits Indiana
Rachael Peake Capital Cellars Kentucky
Celina Pennisi Sommelier Nebraska
Stephen Somermeyer Chateau Thomas Winery Indiana
Mary Studt WineDirt.com Washington
Jim Trezise New York Wine & Grape Foundation New York
Kathryn Webb Wine Augusta AWS Georgia
Eric White Galena Cellars Winery and Vineyard Illinois
William Whiting Banfi New York
Barry Wiss Trinchero Family Estates California
Steve Young AWS Alabama
Anne Zwink Soldier Creek Vineyard Iowa

About the Competition

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