Denver International Wine Competition 2016
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Participating Judges
Wines are tasted “blind” by our distinguished panel of judges including nationally known wine columnists, wine critics, retailers, food & beverage directors, wine industry members and experienced sommeliers.

2016 Co-Chairs
Christopher J. Davies, Chairman
Wine Country Network, Inc.
Co-Founder of The Denver International Wine Competition and Festival

Darcy R. Davies
President, Wine Country Network, Inc.
Co-Founder of The Denver International Wine Competition and Festival

2016 Judges
We are now accepting judge applications
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2015 Judging Panel

William Davis, CSS, CWE
Wine Industry Professional
Court of Master Sommeliers (Master Candidate), the Wine and Spirits
Education Trust and the Society of Wine Educators (CSS, CWE)

Kristen Lindelow
Certified Wine Judge
WSET Certified Level 2 With Merit

Rudi Helvig
Certified Sommelier
Co-Owner of Colorado Wine Country Tours, Wine Distributor

Rafael Craveiro
Wine Industry Professional, Owner & Importer, Craveiro Importers

Justin Gillman
Wine Specialist, Wine Retailer & Sommelier
Jordan Wine and Spirits

Maia Parish
WSET Certified
Wine Educator and Event Producer
The Wine Suite, LLC

Dean Smith
Scientist, Sole Proprietor Boulder Wine Company, Burgundy
Importer


 

2014 Judges

Michelle Bainbridge
Wine Industry Professional
President of The American Wine Society- Denver Chapter

William Davis, CSS, CWE
Wine Industry Professional
Court of Master Sommeliers (Master Candidate), the Wine and Spirits
Education Trust and the Society of Wine Educators (CSS, CWE)

Rudi Helvig
Co-Owner of Colorado Wine Country Tours, Wine Distributor
Certified Sommelier

Rafael Craveiro
Owner & Importer, Craveiro Importers

Lauryn Shabanowitz
Owner and Executive Sommelier
A Crushed Grape
Level 2 Certification with The International Wine Guild

Kristi Livedalen
Certified Wine Judge, Guild Wine Master candidate with the International Wine Guild

Carol Chamberlain
Owner of Joie de Vin, LLC
Wine Educator, Certified Wine Judge, Guild Wine Master candidate with the International Wine Guild

Tim Heaton
Consultant, Owner & Broker
Wine Strategies

Justin Gillman
Wine Specialist, Wine Retailer & Sommelier
Jordan Wine and Spirits

Maia Parish
WSET Certified
Wine Educator and Event Producer
The Wine Suite, LLC

John Meredith
Wine Specialist, Wine Writer and Lecturer
Editor & Publisher
The Rocky Mountain Herald


2013 Judges

  • Brandon Tebbe MS, Master Sommelier, Fine Wine Specialist For Synergy Wines

  • David Sandri, CSW, WLS, WSET Certified - Advanced, Consulting Senior
    Sensory Enologist, Winesecrets

  • Dean Smith, Scientist, Sole Proprietor Boulder Wine Company, Burgundy
    Importer

  • William Davis, CSS, CWE
    Wine Industry Professional
    Court of Master Sommeliers (Master Candidate), the Wine and Spirits
    Education Trust and the Society of Wine Educators (CSS, CWE)

  • Nicolas Post, Senior Wine Instructor, Guild Wine Master candidate with the International Wine Guild, Wine Judge with the International Wine Guild, Denver, CO

  • Roger L. Beery II,
    Co-Founder, Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog

  • Timothy Baldwin,
    Assistant Food & Beverage Director
    The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
    Former Wine Director, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

  • Rudi Helvig,
    Co-Owner of Colorado Wine Country Tours
    Certified Sommelier

  • Larry Wilcox,
    Certified Executive Wine Judge & Instructor

  • Rafael Craveiro,
    Owner & Importer, Craveiro Importers

  • Chris M. DeChillo
    Director of Food & Beverage
    Four Seasons Hotel Denver

  • Kristi Livedalen
    Certified Wine Judge, Guild Wine Master candidate with the International Wine Guild

  • Carol Chamberlain
    Owner of Joie de Vin, LLC
    Certified Wine Judge, Guild Wine Master candidate with the International Wine Guild

  • Suzanne Alley, EWS, CWI,
    Certified Wine Judge, Executive Wine Sommelier, Certified Wine Instructor

  • Barb Wedig
    Fine Wine Manager, Mountain Region, Winebow Imports
    Certified Wine Specialist, Society of Wine Educators and
    Level Three Certificate, WSET

  • Rich Mauro
    Freelance Wine Writer

 

2012 Denver International Wine Competition Judges

  • Lisa Carley, Sommelier & Journalist, NY Wine Examiner
  • Laura Shabanowitz, Exec Sommellier, A Crushed Grape
  • Chris Stradler, Senior Wine Instructor, International Wine Guild
  • Natalie Guvinovart, President, Wine For Thought & Wine Educator
    at Johnson & Whales University
  • Dean Smith, Sole Proprietor Boulder Wine CO
  • Paul W. Giese, President, Wine Table LLC
  • Ingrid Davis, Sommelier, Westcliffe Wine Mine, LLC
  • Lisa Graziano, CSW, Wine Associate, Mayfair Liquors
  • Rafael Craveiro, Owner, Craveiro Importers
  • Rudi Helvig, Sommelier, Importer, The Traveling Sommelier
  • Andrew Killham, Beverage Manager & Sommelier, Denver Country Club
  • David Sandri, Senior Sensory Enologist, Wine Secrets
  • Simone FM Spinner, CWS, Sommelier & Educator, Wine Rocks, LLC

List of 2011 Judges

  • Brandon Tebbe MS, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
  • David Sandri, Winesecrets, Rohnert Park, CA
  • Andrew Killham, Sommelier & Wine Director, Denver Country Club
  • Kenneth Chaffee, Wine Director & GM, Farradday's Steak House/Isle Casino,
    Black Hawk
  • Michelle Nowlin, Food & Beverage Professional
  • Natalie Guinovart, Sommelier & President, Wine for Thought, LLC
  • Rob Miller, Assistant GM & Wine Director, The Capital Grille, Denver
  • Dean Smith, Wine Importer & Winemaker
  • Rafael B Craveiro de Sa, Sommelier and President CRAVEIRO Importers of
    Premium Beverages
  • Sarah Hong, Portfolio Manager Moet &Food & Beverage Professional
  • Robert Rudko, Bound East Wine Group LLC
  • Elizabeth Woessner, Executive Director of Eat Denver, Food & Beverage
    Professional
  • Lisa A. Bieker, Executive Sommelier, Food & Beverage Professional

2010 Judges

  • Andrew Killham, Sommelier & Wine Director, Denver Country Club
  • Alicia Gonzales, Sommelier, The Cosmopolitan, Telluride, CO
  • Kenneth Chaffee, Wine Director & GM, Farradday's Steak House/Isle Casino, Black Hawk
  • Tom DiNardo, Sommelier, DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers, Lynden, WA
  • Dana Eastman, Wine Director, The Meritage/Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, CO
  • Shelley Sale, On Premise District Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits, CO
  • Paul David, Sommelier, Wine Pairings, Inc, Denver, CO
  • Natalie Guinovart, Sommelier & President, Wine for Thought, LLC
  • Rob Miller, Assistant GM & Wine Director, The Capital Grille, Denver
  • Brian Brandt, Wine Director, The Palm Restaurant, Denver
  • Rafael B Craveiro de Sa, Sommelier and President CRAVEIRO Importers of Premium Beverages
  • Jeff Reebie, Wine Director & Sommelier, Elway's Downtown, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Denver
  • Rich Mauro, Freelance Wine Writer
  • Michelle Bainbridge, Wine Industry Professional, Cru Wine
  • Michael Ditch, District Manager, Republic National Distributing Company, LLC-Colorado
  • Albin Madurel, Food & Beverage Industry Professional

2009 Judges

  • Randy Caparoso, Journalist & Wine Consultant
  • Rudi Helvig, Sommelier and Co-Owner, Colorado Wine Country Tours
  • Keith Miller, Journalist & Co-Owner WineGuysTV.Com
  • Bryan Criswell, Journalist & Co-Owner WineGuysTV.Com
  • Nathan J Lorne, Sommelier and Manager of Opus Restaurant
  • Rafael B Craveiro de Sa, Wine Director, Rodizio Grill
  • Michelle Bainbridge, Wine Industry Professional, Cru Wine
  • Bob Meyer, Owner of Captain Vino, Bailli, Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • Dana Eastman, Wine Director of The Omni Interlocken Resort
  • Ben Weinberg, Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, Unfiltered Unfined, LLC
  • Tim Baldwin, Sommelier & Wine Director, The Broadmoor
  • Paul David, Sommelier and Owner of Wine Pairings, LLC
  • Andrew Killham, Sommelier, Denver Country Club
  • Christopher Davies, Editor & Publisher, Wine Country International

For information about becoming a Judge send a brief bio via email to:info@winecountrynetwork.com

The Denver International Wine Competition is run in conjunction with The Denver International Wine Festival.


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