Judges of the SFCWC

Judges of the 2017 SFCWC

Judges of the 2017 SFCWC (click to enlarge)

The 17th Annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition kicks off this week with judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair! There are 65 experienced judges from around the nation, who are tasting, discussing and determining the winners from 7,000 entries.

Held over four days, the judging begins January 9th and concludes January 13th in Sonoma County, CA. Results of the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are available on Friday after the sweepstakes judging round.

A select group of winners are chosen to participate in the annual Public Tasting, which will take place on February 18th at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Buy tickets now to taste these award-winning wines at the largest competition of American wines in the world!

The Judging begins


Judges Listed by Industry Category

Bill Ward

Bill Ward

Bill Ward, Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN
Bob Ecker

Bob Ecker

Wine Writer & Photographer, Napa, CA
Bob Foster

Bob Foster

Assistant Editor of the California Grapevine Wine Newsletter, San Diego, CA
Craig LaBan

Craig LaBan

Restaurant Critic & Drink Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA
Deborah Parker Wong

Deborah Parker Wong

Journalist and Dr. of Education, Discover Wine & Spirits Academy, San Francisco, CA
Ellen Landis, CS, CSW

Ellen Landis, CS, CSW

Wine Journalist/Sommelier/Wine Educator, Vancouver WA
Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman

Journalist, GreatNorthwestWine.com, Columbia Valley, WA
Jeffrey Binney

Jeffrey Binney

Wine Writer, Educator, & Tour Director, Grape Creek Vineyards, Fredericksburg, TX
Jessica Altieri

Jessica Altieri

Founder & CEO, Wine Channel TV Digital Network, Chicago, IL
Larry Van Aalst

Larry Van Aalst

Host of The Sonoma Wine Report CRN Digital Talk Radio, Rohnert Park, CA
Liza Zimmerman

Liza Zimmerman

Wine Chick, wine writer Wine Searcher.com & Wine Business Monthly, strategic consultant, San Francisco , CA
Martha Dunne

Martha Dunne

Author "Wait, What Do You Mean?" Asperger's Tell & Show, Sacramento, CA
Mike Dunne

Mike Dunne

Contributing Wine Columnist, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA
Richard Peterson

Richard Peterson

Winemaker, Richard Grant Wine, Napa, CA
Tim McNally

Tim McNally

Host, The Wine Show, WGSO 990AM, New Orleans, LA
Christopher Sawyer

Christopher Sawyer

Wine Writer and “Sommelier to the Stars”, Petaluma, CA
Ken Landis

Ken Landis

Consulting Chef & Wine Judge, Vancouver, WA
Nadia Pavlevska

Nadia Pavlevska

Wine Director, Wine Consultant, NP Wine Consulting, Manhattan Beach, CA
Tony Lawrence

Tony Lawrence

Global Wine Chef, Philadelphia, PA
Ann Littlefield

Ann Littlefield

International Wine & Spirits Marketing, Napa, CA
April Reddout

April Reddout

Wine buyer, Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, Prosser, WA
Barry Herbst

Barry Herbst

Wine Buyer, Bottle Barn Liquors, Santa Rosa, CA
Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes

Buyer, BevMo!, Concord, CA
Jeff Slankard

Jeff Slankard

Wine Director, Barons Market, San Diego, CA
Jusden Aumand

Jusden Aumand

Marketing - DTC Director, Sextant Winery, Paso Robles CA
Kristi Mohar

Kristi Mohar

Wine Buyer and Liquor Manager of Pacific Markets, Sebastopol, CA
Patrick "Chip" Cassidy

Patrick "Chip" Cassidy

Wine Educator, Florida International University, North Miami, FL
Spreti Valente, CS

Spreti Valente, CS

Sommelier & Senior Wine Buyer, Anne’s Boutique Wines, Costa Mesa, CA
TeeJay Lowe

TeeJay Lowe

Retailer & Grower, G&G Supermarkets, Santa Rosa, CA
Barbara Ensrud

Barbara Ensrud

Wine Journalist, Author and Wine Educator at Duke University, Durham, NC
Barry H. Gump, Ph.D.

Barry H. Gump, Ph.D.

Professor, Beverage Management, Florida International University, North Miami, FL
Carl G. Brandhorst

Carl G. Brandhorst

President Emeritus, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, Fairfax, VA
Jennifer Cossey Hendrickson

Jennifer Cossey Hendrickson

Beverage Manager, Lead Sommelier, Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, MT
John Buechsenstein

John Buechsenstein

Wine Instructor, UC Davis, Davis, CA
John Giannini

John Giannini

Winemaker & Lecturer, Fresno State Winery, Fresno, CA
Kathleen Arnink

Kathleen Arnink

Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience, Ithaca NY.
Rick Fraga

Rick Fraga

Wine Educator, Wilson Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Rocheport, MO
Bill Smart

Bill Smart

Vice President & General Manager, Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Charles F. Mara

Charles F. Mara

President , The Mara Wine Group, Pound Ridge, NY
Christopher O'Gorman

Christopher O'Gorman

Director of Communications, Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Healdsburg, CA
David Rogers

David Rogers

Senior Wine Consultant, Vintage Wine Estates, Windsor, CA
Denise Gill

Denise Gill

Tasting Room Manger, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
Dustin Fults

Dustin Fults

Consumer Direct & Hospitality Manager, Langtry Estate & Vineyards, Middletown, CA
Eric Stine

Eric Stine

Winemaker, Langtry Estate & Vineyards, Middletown, CA
Greg Burns

Greg Burns

Director & Head Winemaker, Jessie’s Grove Winery, Lodi, CA
James (Jim) Trezise

James (Jim) Trezise

President, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, Canandaigua, NY
Jim Caudill

Jim Caudill

Director, Marketing Communications, Saint Helena, CA
John C. Schumacher

John C. Schumacher

President and Wine Shepherd, Hallcrest Vineyards and The Organic Wine Works, Felton, CA.
Kent Rosenblum

Kent Rosenblum

CEO, Rock Wall Wine Company, Alameda, CA
Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler

Executive Director, WineAmerica, Lodi, CA
Mark Elcombe

Mark Elcombe

Hospitality, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor, CA
Miro Tcholakov

Miro Tcholakov

Winemaker, Trentadue Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Montgomery Paulsen

Montgomery Paulsen

Winemaker, Pat Paulsen Vineyards, Napa, CA
Pat Henderson

Pat Henderson

Chief Winemaker, Kenwood Vineyards, Kenwood, CA
Ron Rawlinson

Ron Rawlinson

Marketing, Ribevi International & Bracey Wines, Pismo Beach, CA
Shauna Rosenblum

Shauna Rosenblum

Winemaker, Rock Wall Wine Company, Alameda, CA
Sherrie Holzer

Sherrie Holzer

Assistant Winemaker, Castoro Cellars, Paso Robles, CA
Sue Bonzell

Sue Bonzell

Former Co-Owner & Marketing Manager, Graton Ridge Cellars, Sebastopol, CA.
Sue Straight

Sue Straight

Wine Club Manager, Trentadue Winery, Geyserville, CA
Tom Simoneau

Tom Simoneau

KSRO Wine Guy & Owner, Simoneau Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
Victoria Wilson

Victoria Wilson

Winemaker, Matrix Winery, Healdsburg, CA & Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, Philo, CA
Mike Haran

Mike Haran

Label Contest Coordinator
Bev Griesert

Bev Griesert

Art director, Hastings Men's store in San Francisco, CA.
Elizabeth Slater

Elizabeth Slater

Founder, In Short Direct Marketing, co-founder Wine Industry Network.
Jennifer Tincknell

Jennifer Tincknell

Partner, VP, Tincknell & Tincknell Wine Sales & Marketing Consultants Inc., Healdsburg, CA.
Paul Tincknell

Paul Tincknell

Partner & President, Tincknell & Tincknell Wine Sales & Marketing Consultants Inc., Healdsburg, CA.
Rebecca Germolus

Rebecca Germolus

Partner and co-founder, Maximum Value Marketing, Santa Rosa, CA