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Judges of the SFCWC

Judges of the 2016 SFCWC

Judges of the 2016 SFCWC

The 16th 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 and world (as far as South Africa!) who are tasting, discussing and determining the winners. This year, the number of wines entered shattered all previous records, with an astounding 7,162 wines entered into the competition.

Held over four days, the judging begins January 5 and concludes January 8 in Sonoma County, CA. Results of the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will be available on Friday afternoon (1/8/16) after the sweepstakes judging in the morning.

A select group of winners are chosen to participate in the annual Public Tasting, which will take place on February 13th 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

Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue

Editor & Publisher, Great Northwest Wine, Richland, WA
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 and Drink Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA
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
Marguerite Thomas

Marguerite Thomas

Writer, The Wine News, Baltimore, MD
Martha Dunne

Martha Dunne

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

Michael Apstein

Columnist, WineReviewOnLine.com
Mike Dunne

Mike Dunne

Contributing Wine Columnist, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA
Paul Lukacs

Paul Lukacs

Columnist, Author and Wine Educator Baltimore, MD
Richard Peterson

Richard Peterson

Winemaker, Richard Grant Wine, Napa, CA
Tim McNally

Tim McNally

Host, The Wine Show, WGSO 990AM, New Orleans, LA
Chantee Edwards

Chantee Edwards

Destination Concierge, Inspirato, Napa, CA
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
Richard (Dick) Mercer

Richard (Dick) Mercer

Owner / President, Experience Italy, Sacramento, CA
Stephanie Cruz Green

Stephanie Cruz Green

Sommelier, Napa, CA
Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green

Sommelier, Quintessa, St. Helena, 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
Carolyn Mulas

Carolyn Mulas

CSW, Wine Manager, Southern Wine and Spirits, Napa, CA
Jeff Slankard

Jeff Slankard

Wine Director, Barons Market, San Diego, CA
Jill A. Ditmire

Jill A. Ditmire

Owner of Mass Ave. Wine Shoppe Café & Spirits, Indianapolis, IN
Jusden Aumand

Jusden Aumand

Assistant Category Manager - Wine, Bevmo!, Concord, 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
Peter Granoff

Peter Granoff

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, San Francisco, CA
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
Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong

Chief Storyteller, Wine.com, San Francisco, CA
Andria Shirk

Andria Shirk

Enofile Online, Portland, OR
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
Catherine Rabb

Catherine Rabb

Senior Instructor, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC
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.
Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson

Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
Rick Fraga

Rick Fraga

Wine Educator, Wilson Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser

Wine Laboratory Technician, Cloverdale, CA
Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Les Bourgeois Vineyards, St. James, 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

Public Relations/Communications, Paul Hobbs Wines, Sebastopol, CA
Dan Kosta

Dan Kosta

Proprietor of Kosta Browne Winery, Santa Rosa, 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
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
Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Regional Manager, Huneeus Vintners, Napa, CA
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
Michael Overholt

Michael Overholt

Winemaker, Educator of Viticulture, Enology & Good Wine, Healdsburg, 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
Robert Larsen

Robert Larsen

Director of Communications, Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Healdsburg, CA
Ron Rawlinson

Ron Rawlinson

Marketing, Ribevi International & Bracey Wines, Pismo Beach, CA
Ross Dawkins

Ross Dawkins

Winemaker, South Africa
Sean Brosnihan

Sean Brosnihan

Guest Services Manager, Jordan Winery, Healdsburg, 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

DTC Wine Coach, Wine Wench Productions, Healdsburg, CA
Tom Simoneau

Tom Simoneau

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

Victoria Wilson

Winemaker, Matrix Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Bev Griesert

Bev Griesert

Art director, Hastings Men's store in San Francisco, CA.
Bob Fraser

Bob Fraser

SFCWC Director
Dave Miller

Dave Miller

Principal, Affinity and co-owner of PackagingARTS, Inc., Vallejo, CA.
Elizabeth Slat

Elizabeth Slat

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.
Mike Haran

Mike Haran

Label Contest Judge.
Paul Tincknell

Paul Tincknell

Partner & President, Tincknell & Tincknell Wine Sales & Marketing Consultants Inc., Healdsburg, CA.
Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser

SFCWC Director