Welcome to the Competition!

To make a great wine you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the most respected judges from around the world to the other side of that table.


Our Judges

WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES. The 2020 competition has the greatest group of international judges in North America - the most influential people in the wine industry, including Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, retailers, importers and wine industry writers and consultants. Introducing our 2020 line-up of Judges...

Competition Results

Over 1,400 entries from around the world were judged in 2019 ...

... by 32 judges representing 12 countries over 2 days of competition ...

... click MORE to see the Results!


Name Title
Alex Kolundzic Winemaker, Pillitteri Estates Winery Canada
Andrejka Gazovic CEO at Vino Feel - Wine Tourism Board
Annemarie Morse
Ellen Landis Wine Journalist/Certified Sommelier, Wine Educator
Erika Sato Certified Sommelier
Francois Coté Sommelier - Wine Judge of Canada
Harvey Reissig Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Cornell University
Holly Howell Wine Columnist, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/Sommelier
Jamal Rayyis Journalist
Jan Hrachovsky Winery Vinné sklepy Lechovice, Lechovice, Czech Republic Position: Production Manager
Jan Klapetzky Winemaker, Young Sommer Winery and Boompoint Winery
Leonardo Castellani President of VINAR
Linda King Certified International Wine Judge, Winemaker, Winery Consultant, Educator
Lorraine Hems Wine Educator, CS, CWE, CSS, CWJ
Lucie Simonova Mendel University in Brno, Bachelor´s degree - • Use of Terroir for the construction of appellation systems and the production of regional wines . Masters Degree- • Marketing Management of Appellation Wines .
Marin Berovic Member & Chairman of European Wine Competitions, European Wine Knights
Matthew Kristofik Past Chairman of American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
Michael Gelven Online retailer, Wine Writer, CWE
Michele Padberg Owner, Vivac Winery, Certified Sommelier
Mike Tadich
Nathaniel Rose
Peter Bell Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards
Scott Osborn President and Co-Owner of Fox Run Vineyards
Steve Somermeyer Assistant winemaker, Chateau Thomas Winery
Tim O'Connor Surgeon, Wine Instructor
Vladimir Miljkovic

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