Judges of the SFCWC

Meet the professional wine judges of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
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
DeWayne Holmdahl

DeWayne Holmdahl

Wine Industry Rep, From Growing of Grape to the Glass, Lompoc, 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

CEO, WineChannelTV, Chicago, IL
Joel Riddell

Joel Riddell

Host, Dining Around, 910 AM, San Francisco, CA
Jon Bonné

Jon Bonné

Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA
Larry Van Aalst

Larry Van Aalst

Host of The Sonoma Wine Report CRN Digital Talk Radio, Rohnert Park, CA
Laurie Daniel

Laurie Daniel

Journalist, San Jose mercury News, San Jose, 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
Kevin McEnnis

Kevin McEnnis

Owner and Manager, Quetzal Farms, Santa Rosa, CA
Lane Hoss

Lane Hoss

Vice President, Marketing and Beverage Dir, Anthony's Restaurants, Kirkland, WA
Michelle Fano

Michelle Fano

Assistant Wine Director, Bottega Ristorante, Napa, CA
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
Ron Washam

Ron Washam

Sommelier & Wine Writer, HoseMaster of Wine, Healdsburg, CA
Stephanie Cruz Green

Stephanie Cruz Green

Sommelier, Napa, CA
Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green

Sommelier, Quintessa, St. Helena, CA
Tony Lawerence

Tony Lawerence

Global Wine Chef, Philadelphia, PA
William Bloxsom-Carter

William Bloxsom-Carter

Director of Food & Beverage, Executive Chef, Playboy Mansion, West Los Angeles, CA.
Ann Littlefield

Ann Littlefield

International Wine & Spirits Marketing, Napa, CA
Ben Pearson

Ben Pearson

General Manager, Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa, CA
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

Spreti Valente

Sommelier & 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, Florida International University, North Miami, FL
Bryan Avila

Bryan Avila

Winemaker & Professor, Napa Valley College, Napa, CA.
Carl G. Brandhorst

Carl G. Brandhorst

President, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, Fairfax, VA
Catherine Rabb

Catherine Rabb

Senior Instructor, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC
Gerry Ritchie

Gerry Ritchie

Professor of Enology of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
Gerry Thomas

Gerry Thomas

RLT Vineyard Consulting, Healdsburg, CA
Heather Heraty

Heather Heraty

Tasting Room Manager, Passaggio Wines, Sonoma, CA
Jennifer Cossey Hendrickson

Jennifer Cossey Hendrickson

Sommelier / Beverage Manager, 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.
Rich Thomas

Rich Thomas

Educator and Wine Writer, Healdsburg, CA
Rick Fraga

Rick Fraga

Wine Educator, Martinelli Winery and Vineyards, Windsor, CA
Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser

Wine Laboratory Technician, Cloverdale, CA
Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Marketing Manager, St. James Winery, 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
Clark Smith

Clark Smith

Winemaker of Two Jakes of Diamonds, Owner, WineSmith, Santa Rosa, CA
Dan Kosta

Dan Kosta

Proprietor of Kosta Browne Winery, Santa Rosa, CA
Dana Epperson

Dana Epperson

Winemaker, Hopland, CA
Daryl Groom

Daryl Groom

Owner and Winemaker of Groom Wines
David Rogers

David Rogers

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

Denise Gill

Tasting Room Manger, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
Elaine Marshall

Elaine Marshall

ACWP, Proprietor, Marshall Wine Company, Diablo, CA
Eric Stine

Eric Stine

Winemaker, Langtry Estate & Vineyards, Middletown, CA
Evelyn White

Evelyn White

Winemaker, Taft Street Winery, Sebastopol, 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 of Public Relations & Hospitality of The Hess Collection, Napa, 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

Wine Ambassador, C. Donatello Winery, 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

Senior Winemaker, Kenwood Vineyards, Winemaking Instructor at SRJC, Author, 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
Stuart Spoto

Stuart Spoto

Owner and Winemaker of Spoto Wines, Sacramento, 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
Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald

Owner, Wine Spoken Here, Napa Valley, 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