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.

2016 International Judges

The following judges participated in the 2016 competition. Click on any name for their bio:
Name
Location
Profession
NY, USA
Beverage Director Jean-Roberts Table
IL, USA
SWE, International Judge
NY, USA
RN, MSN, CRNA WSET/AWS Certified

DAVID ANTHONY

OH, USA
General Manager Vino Volo
VA, USA
Certified AWS Judge, Instructor Judging Program
Czech Republic
Editor-in-Chief, (CZ) Sommelier Magazine, Teacher, Wine Educator
NY, USA
Master Sommelier
NY, USA
Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards on Seneca Lake
SLOVENIA
Professor at University of Ljubljana, Chairman of European Wine Competitions
NY, USA
Owner, Bombace Wines & Spirits
ON, Canada
President, Wine Judges of Canada
South Africa
Wine Judge
ON, Canada
Restaurateur, Chef, Import Agent, Writer, Sommelier
MN, USA
Certified International Judge, Wine Educator
CA, USA
Wine Educator
WA, USA
MW, Educator, Writer and Consultant, WineKnow LLC / Butler Hskett Productions

KRISTIN CASLER KRAFT

NY, USA
AWS Certified
Argentina
Wine Judge
Argentina
International President WAWWJ, President Vinus International Wine Competition
OH, USA
Wine Trends, Inc. Sales Professional / Educator

RICHARD CUSKER

NY, USA
AWS Certified
Canada
Photographer, Writer, Journalist
Israel
Student of Viticulture and Enology, Sommelier and Wine Consultant
NY, USA
Wine Director, Wine Express
CA, USA
Master of Wine, Wine Educator and Writer / President & CEO of BevWizard
NC, USA
AWS Certified judge

FRANJO FRANCEM

Croatia
Wine Judge
NY, USA
Astor Wines Ret.Chairman, New York Athletic Club Wine Society, Bordeaux Cert.-Writer
Slovenia
Wine Judge
USA
Online Retailer, Wine Writer, CWE
Hungary
Managing Director Vinopolis Magyarorsz Kft.
Italy
Freelance Journalist, I Grandi Vini
CA, USA
Media-Wine Writer

DAVID HARRISON

NY, USA
AWS Certified
NY, USA
Wine Columnist, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Sommelier
OH, USA
CEO, Pere Jacques Wine Imports
NY, USA
AWS Certified, Winery Owner
Israel
Wine Journalist and Consultant
TN, USA
AWS Certified Judge
TN, USA
AWS Certified Judge
NC, USA
Certified International Wine Judge, Winemaker, Winery Consultant, Educator
NY, USA
Winemaker at Young Sommer Winery

ALEX KOLUNDZIC

Canada
Wine Judge
Hungary
Author, Sommelier, Wine Educator
Czech Republic
International Wine Judge
PA, USA
Past Chairman of American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
WA, USA
Wine Writer, Consultant, Sommelier
NY, USA
Albany Times Union Columnist
NY, USA
CS, CSW Western NY Area Manager, Latitude Beverage
NY, USA
Wine Director / IRF Board Member
NY, US
President, The Mara Wine Group
LA, USA
Host of "The Dine Wine and Spirits Show" on WGSO 990AM
Bulgaria
Certified Sommelier
KY, USA
General Manager Sommelier
NY, USA
MPS in Enology, AWS Certified Wine Judge, Wine & Food Educator, Writer
NY, USA
Doctor, Wine Instructor
CA, USA
Director of Communications, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
NY, USA
The Wine Appreciation Guild, Eastern Regional Sales Manager
ON, Canada
Certified Sommelier
VA, USA
AWS Certified, AWS Instructor
NY, USA
Writer/Wine Critic
NY, USA
Dept. Entomology - Certified AWS Judge - Wine Writer
NM, USA
Sommelier/Chair New Mexico Competition
PA, USA
Certified Wine Educator
NY, USA
Chair, Wine Marketing Department SUNY Tompkins Cortland Community College
Turkey
Owner Corvus Winery
IN, USA
Assistant Winemaker, Chateau Thomas Winery
NY, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge, Regional VP American Wine Society NYS
OH, USA
Certified Sommelier and Fine Wine Sales Consultant
Sweden
Regional Wine Manager, Swedish Wine Society
NV, USA
Italian Wine Specialist-DeLuca Liquors Wine Nevada Wine Agents
California, 
Wine Judge

VLADIMIR TSAPELIK

Russia
President, Independent Wine Club & Consulting Group
VA, USA
Certified AWS Judge
France
MSc Viticulture and Enology
TX, Spain/USA
Master of Oenology, Viticulture and Brand Manager
NJ, USA
Winery Brand Manager & Fine Wine Sales Opici Family Distributing

STEVEN WAYNE

NY, USA
The Hollaway House, Restauranteur, International Certified Judge

HERMAN YOUNG

NY, USA
Owner Young Sommer Winery

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