World-Renowned Judges

Year after year, the FLIWC draws a diverse panel of the highest quality judges from all over the world! Below is just a partial list of judges from around the world that will judge this year's competition.

Each wine is judged on its own merit - its presence, balance and varietal character - not by how it compares to other wines in the flight.

Wines are blind judged in flights, with each wine identified only by a computer-generated code number. Each glass is labeled with this code number and the judges are given a scoring sheet with the number and the type of wine (i.e. Chardonnay). All flights are staged in a separate back room and delivered to the judging room. Re-pours, when necessary, from a second unopened bottle are also staged in the back room.

2018 FLIWC Committee

The following people comprised the 2018 FLIWC Committee:
Name
Title

BOB MADILL

Head Judge

LORRAINE HEMS

Judge Selection

TERESA KNAPP

Flighting and Tabulation

MARY COON

Judge Liaison

CURT BALCH

Backroom Manager

KEN FANTON

Backroom Coordinator

GREG CUTT

Set-up Supervisor

DOLORES FANTON

Competition Logistics

TOGO DEBELLIS

Competition Logistics

RICKY TATER

Competition Logistics

GARY MERVIS

Camp Good Days and Special Times

WENDY MERVIS

Camp Good Days and Special Times

KARL RUDOLFS

Camp Good Days and Special Times

AMANDA ANDERSON

Camp Good Days and Special Times

JAIME VARBLE

Camp Good Days and Special Times

ZACH FORBES

Camp Good Days and Special Times

2018 International Judges

The following judges participated in the 2018 competition:
Name
Location
Profession

DAVE BARBER

VA, USA
Wine Educator, Wine Judge

MAUREEN BAYER

NY, USA
WSE 1,2 & 4; Beverage Manager

PETER BECRAFT

NY, USA
Head Winemaker, Anthony Road

PETER BELL

NY, USA
Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards

MARIN BEROVIC

SLOVENIA
Prof. Dr. Biocem.Enging.

CLAIRE BOULLEY

ON, CANADA
Wine Judges of Canada

JOHN BUECHSENSTEIN

CA, USA
Winemaker/Wine Educator

LEONARDO CASTELLANI

ARGENTINA
Winemaker

RICK CUSKER

NY, USA
AWS CWJ; Wine Educator; Italian Wine Ambassador

BYRON DAVIS

NY, USA

JOANN DEGAGLIA

NY, USA
CWJ

DAVID FALCHECK

PA, USA
Executive Director AWS

WILLIAM FRANK

NY, USA
Wine Educator

TIMOTHY GALLANT

NY, USA
Guest Judge

ANDREJKA GAZOVIC

SLOVENIA
Sommelier II, Le Cordon Bleu Sommelier, Director of VinoFeel, Slovenian Wine board

ATTILA GEONCZEOL

HUNGARY
Enologist & Wine Writer

ROSEMARY GOWNLEY

PA, USA
Sr. Food Scientist

CAROLE HACKETT

KY, USA
AWS CWJ

ERIC HEMER

FL, USA
Corporate Director of Wine Education, CWE, MS, MW

HOLLY HOWELL

NY, USA
Wine Educator, Wine Judge

DOROTHY JOHNSTON

NY, USA
Educator

JUDITH KELLY

NY, USA
WSET 3, Level 2 AWS Judge

SHARYN KERVYN DE VOLKAERSBEKE

NJ, USA
Wine Director

EDWARD KORRY

RI, USA
CHE; CCS; CWE; College of Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University Professor

DR. JOZSEF KOSARKA

HUNGARY
Hungarian Wine Academy; Wine Journalist

KRISTIN KRAFT

PA, USA
AWS Certified; AWS President; Writer/Project Manager

FRED LE BRUN

NY, USA
Certified Wine Judge

JONATHAN LINK

NY, USA
Certified Sommelier

JIRI MADERIC

NY, USA
Winemaker

MIROSLAV MAJER

CZECH
CEO of Davinus

ANGELO MANCUSO

NY, USA
Wine Judge

PETER MARKS

CA, USA
MW, VP Wine Education

DORIS MICULAN-BRADLEY

ON, CANADA
MBA, MA, Sommelier, CC; Professor

VLADIMIR MILJKOVIC

SLOVENIA
Guest Judge / President of Slovenia Wine Association

ANNEMARIE MORSE

NY, USA
Wine Educator, Writer, Judge

BETTY NETTLES

FL, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge

DONNIE NETTLES

FL, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge

MARIA LAURA ORTIZ

ARGENTINA
Certified Sommelier

DEBORAH PARKER WONG

CA, USA
Journalist/Educator

CELINA PENNISI

NE, USA
Sommelier

JEAN PIERRE-COLAS

ON, CANADA
Winemaker / Consultant

CHERYL PITTI

NY, USA
Wine & Spirits Consultant

PHILIP PLUMMER

NY, USA
Winemaker

ANNE POPOFF

ON, CANADA
Wine Marketing Consultant

WALTER RACHELE

VA, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge

BRANDON SEAGER

NY, USA
Ass't. Professor & Chair; Winemaker

ABBY STAMP

NY, USA
Assistant Winemaker

BRIAN STEWART

NY, USA
Wine Category Merchant

PATRICIA VALAS

VA, USA
Certified AWS Judge

JOSEF VALIHRACH, JR.

CZECH
Oenologist

PHILIP WARD

NJ, USA
Fine Wine Brand Manager, Opici Family Distributing

N. ERNEST WEIR

CA, USA
Winemaker/Owner Hagafen Cellars

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