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.

2017 FLIWC Committee

The following people comprise the 2017 FLIWC Committee:
Name
Title

LORRAINE HEMS

Head Judge

TERESA KNAPP

Flighting and Tabulation

MARY COON

Judge Liaison

CURT BALCH

Backroom Manager

GREG CUTT

Set-up Supervisor

KEN FANTON

Competition Logistics

DOLORES FANTON

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

CAITLYN BAILEY

Camp Good Days and Special Times

2017 International Judges

The following judges are participating in the 2017 competition. Click on any name for their bio:
Name
Location
Profession
NY, USA
CWP, CSW, Certified Sommelier, beverage manager at NYWCC

PETER BECRAFT

NY, USA
Head Winemaker, Anthony Road
NY, USA
Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards

TIMOTHY BENEDICT

NY, USA
Winemaker, Hazelitt Winery

CHRISTIAN BERGMANN

AUSTRIA
Oenology
SLOVENIA
Prof. Dr. Biocem.Enging.
ON, CANADA
Wine Judge
CA, USA
Worked at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology
ARGENTINA
Winemaker
NY, USA
Wine Writer/Marketing Manager at Wines of South Africa
KY, USA
Former Winemaker & winery manager at Chalk Hill Winery
NY, USA
Wine Educator
NY, USA
CSW; CS; AWS
ON, CANADA
DipWSET, Ph.D.; Wine Critic, Wine Align; Wine Judge & Educator
CA, USA
Wine & Beverage Faculty; C.I.A. California
PA, USA
Executive Director AWS
NY, USA
Wine Director, WineExpress.com
SLOVENIA
Sommelier II, Wine Judge, VinoFeel, CEO at Wine board of Slovenia
HUNGARY
Enologist & Journalist
FRANCE
PH.D. Plant Bueduig; Wine Commercial Agent
PA, USA
AWS Judge, Senior Food Scientist, Institute for Food Technologists
KY, USA
AWS CWJ
NY, USA
Wine Columnist, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Sommelier
NY, USA
Chef-Culinary Institute, CSW, AWS
NY, USA
WSET 3, Level 2 AWS Judge
CA, USA
Master of Wine, President - Fairest Cape Beverage Co.
RI, USA
CHE; CCS; CWE; College of Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University Professor
HUNGARY
Hungarian Wine Academy; Wine Journalist
PA, USA
AWS Certified; AWS President; Writer/Project Manager
Quebec, CANADA
B.A., LL.L., M.A Président de VinoFed, Président Sélections Mondiales des Vins CA
NY, USA
Certified Wine Judge
NY, USA
CS, CSW

JIRI MADERIC

NY, USA
Winemaker
NY, USA
Wine Manager, Premier Group Wine & Spirits
NY, USA
Wine Judge
TX, USA
Head Winemaker, Vineyard Manager/owner and Consultant

DORIS MICULAN-BRADLEY

ON, CANADA
MBA, MA, Sommelier, CC; Professor
NY, USA
Founder, Finger Lakes Chapter AWS, MPS in Enology, Cornell University, CWJ
PA, USA
EVO; CEO/Founder; Publisher; 1st phase M.S.
ARGENTINA
Sommelier AAS; Certified Sommelier CMS; Head sommelier at Winifera
NE, USA
Sommelier
NY, USA
Winemaker
ON, Canada
Sommelier; DipWSET, Wine Marketing Consultant
NY, USA
Ass't. Professor & Chair; Winemaker
CT, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge
NY, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge
NY, USA
Winemaker

BRIAN STEWART

NY, USA
Wine Category Merchant, Wegmans
FRANCE
Oenologist; Wine Grower
CZECH
Winemaker
TX, Spain/USA
Master of Oenology, Viticulture and Brand Manager
CT, USA
WSET Level 1; AWS; CWJ

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