Enter the 2019 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 2018 competition had 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. Stay tuned for our 2019 line-up of Judges...

Competition Results

Over 1,000 wines from 15 countries were judged in 2018 ...

... by 30 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
Bonnie Villacampa Master of Oenology, Viticulture and Brand Manager
Christopher O'Gorman Director of Communications, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Elizabeth Caravati “PR Manager, Fine Wine & Craft Spirits, Constellation Brands, WSET Level 3
Ellen Landis Wine Journalist/Certified Sommelier, Wine Educator
Erika Sato Certified Sommelier
Francois Coté Sommelier - Wine Judge of Canada
Harvey Reissig
Holly Howell Wine Columnist, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/Sommelier
Jamal Rayyis Journalist
John Salvi Master of Wine
Kristina Wolf Owner of the N.O.S.E. - the Nature Of Spirit Experience
Leonardo Castellani President of VINAR
Linda King Certified International Wine Judge, Winemaker, Winery Consultant, Educator
Marin Berovic Member & Chairman of European Wine Competitions, European Wine Knights
Martin Palz Consulting Winemaker
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
Pablo Ugarte Executive Director, Catad'Or Wine Awards
Patrick Farrell Master of Wine, Wine Educator and Writer/President & CEO of BevWizard
Peter Koff Master of Wine/President Fairest Cape Beverage Company
Petronella Salvi Sommelier
Richard Irr Owner, Pere Jacques Imports
Ron Nowak Founder: SWE/Educator/Consultant/ What’s in Your Glass
Steve Kampers Certified AWS Judge/International Wine Judge Intervin/Wine Judges of Canada
William Frank Astor Wines Ret.Chairman, New York Athletic Club Wine Society
Zbynek Ziska Winemaker, Mikrosvin Mikulov & Zamecke winery Bzene, Czech republic