Scott & Bob Fraser -

Home of The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The largest competition of American wines in the world!

Carl G. Brandhorst

Carl is currently the President of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) (formerly the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA)), a trade group that helps promote the wine industry. He has served as Chairman of the July 2005-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competitions sponsored by ASWA. Carl is also a past President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the German Wine Society. Carl is a longstanding member of the American Wine Society (AWS) and a graduate of the AWS wine judge program. As the current AWS Regional Vice President for Virginia, he assists in the formation of new chapters and supports current chapters through educational seminars.

He is also a founding member (1988) of the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine (KOV), an international wine organization in which he holds the cadre title of Charge d’Affaires. Carl has been an active member of the Dionysian International Wine Society since 2002. He was a member of the Society of Wine Educators from 1985 to 2008; further, he is a graduate of courses at the Austrian Wine Academy (Rust-1998) and the German Wine Academy (Geisenheim-1999). He is an honorary member of a number of international wine organizations: the Slovenian Knighthood of Wines (Ljubljana-2003); the Confraria del Cava Sant Sadurni (Barcelona-2006); the Federation Suisse des Confreries Bachiques et Gastronomiques (Morges-2007); the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom (London-2008); the Confrerie Vinum Regum Rex Vinorum de Tokaj (2010) and the Serbian Wine Brotherhood (Belgrade-2012).

Carl has participated as a judge in a number of annual wine competitions, specifically, the AWS commercial and amateur competitions (2000-2011); the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farm Winery competitions; the former VWGA Virginia competition (2002/2003); the San Francisco Chronicle competition in Cloverdale, CA (2002-2014); the Wines of the South competition in Knoxville, TN (2004 & 2011); the New York Finger Lakes International Competition in Rochester, NY (2006/2008/2010-2012); the Grand Harvest ( 2012); and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition (2007-2009 & 2011-2014), U,S. National Wine Competition (2013) and the International East Meets West (2014).

President, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association
5222 Claridge Court
Fairfax, Virginia 22032-2760
Phone: 703-323-6873
Cell: 571-296-8297
Web Site:

Home | Medal Winners | Wineries | Wine Judges | Sponsors | Public Tasting | About Us | Contact Us