Rex Bambling lives in northern Virginia and belongs to the John Marshall chapter of the American Wine Society. He is a graduate of the American Wine Society Judge Training Program and belongs to the Knights of the Vine. He and his wife enjoy judging wines in local, regional, and national competitions.
Dave Barber is a long-term member of the American Wine Society (AWS), and was selected as the 'Outstanding Member for 2011'. He is a certified judge through the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program and is also an instructor with the training courses. He has given numerous wine lectures, lead tastings throughout the country and is considered to be a well-rounded wine educator. He is also Vice President of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association and co-chairs their annual wine competition, as well as a member of the Nation's Capital Chapter of the Knights of the Vine. He travels the world, visiting selected wine regions and is also a member of various wine brotherhoods in Europe. He has judged in numerous wine competitions over the years.
Jim Barnard has been making wine at home for 19 years. He is a graduate of the 4 year Wine Spirit Education Trust Program at Boston University. Currently, he is employed in sales by MS Walker, a distributor of fine wines and spirits in Massachusetts. Jim is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Wine Society and has judged international wine competitions for many years.
Patrick Barrelet lives in Bedford, Quebec. He studied enology at the University of Dijon and viticulture in Beaune, France. Patrick worked seven years as winemaker and vineyard manager in the Dunham area in Quebec. After meeting Harrison Lebowitz, they started Snow Farm Vineyards, where he is now part owner, winemaker and vineyard manager. Over the years Patrick produced many award winning wines ranging from light dry whites, red wines, to more sophisticated dessert wines. Patrick also does consultation work for people starting in the business.
Carol Gagliardi has been making wine for the past 20 years and have medaled at the prestigious American Wine Society Amateur Wine Competition. She is a member of the American Wine Society and grew up in a Greek family of winemakers. Carol attended Wine judging classes through the New York State Wine and Culinary Center and was a judge at the Golden Nose Wine Competition for the last two years. Last year she judged for the number one Riesling in New York State along with Peter Bell from Fox Run winery. Carol grows her own grapes in upstate New York and has assisted Altamont Winery and Vineyards with harvest and tasting events.
Nick Boulas has been making wine for the past 20 years and have medaled at the prestigious American Wine Society Amateur Wine Competition. Nick is a member of the American Wine Society and grew up in a Greek family of winemakers. He attended Wine judging classes through the New York State Wine and Culinary Center and was a judge at the Golden Nose Wine Competition for the last two years. Last year Nick judged for the number one Riesling in New York State along with Peter Bell from Fox Run winery. He grows his own grapes in upstate New York and has assisted Altamont Winery and Vineyards with harvest and tasting events. Nick has spent most of his professional career as a Food and Beverage Director in the hospitality industry and holds the designation of Certified Food and Beverage Executive, as well as, Certified Hotel Administrator through the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Nick is currently employed by BBL Hospitality where he is a General Manager and lead trainer for "At Your Service" guest service training, encompassing 12 hotels and 14 restaurants.
Peter Cisek has been an American Wine Society (AWS) member for the last 15 years, serving the last seven years in the capacity of Director of Educational Services and Acting Wine Judge Training Program Coordinator. He has created and taught courses in Wine Appreciation, Viticulture, Food and Wine Dynamics, The History of Beer, and Food and Wine Tourism at the University of New Haven/ Naugatuck Valley Community College as well as spoken at numerous national conferences for both the AWS and SWE. Peter has been an active wine judge for the past 13 years and have judged both commercial and amateur competitions. His wines have been successfully entered in several local, national, and international competitions. As a wine enthusiast, he created the CT Wine Symposium, which is a day of seminars covering a variety of viticulture and enological issues. Peter was recently bestowed the honor of 'Connecticut Wine Person of the Year', for 2005 by Amenti del Vino (The Wine Society).
Luca Conte, a home winemaker, is a Certified Wine Judge through the American Wine Society. He is the Chief Judge for the Kentucky Derby Winefest Competition and judges in both regional and local wine competitions, including the Indy International Wine Competition, the Kentucky State Fair (both Amateur and Commercial), the Kentucky Wine And Vine Fest, and WineMaker Magazine's Wine Competition.
Jennifer Crafts has been a member of the American Wine Society for over 10 years and has been active in the local John Marshall Chapter as the person who pairs the presenters' wines with foods. She is a 2011 graduate of the American Wine Society Judge Certification Program.
Joe Dautlick is a graduate of the American Wine Society Judge Training Program. His interest in wine began as he tasted at wineries in Europe where he worked for four years. Later he volunteered in a Pennsylvania vineyard, where he had hands-on experience in every stage of wine production from pruning to final blending. Joe annually organizes several amateur winemaker competitions and judges in numerous amateur and commercial competitions. He enjoys lecturing on wine aromas and faults. He is an instructor in the American Wine Society Judge Training Program.
For several years, Linda Fondulas was the co-editor of the American Institute of Wine and Food Vermont newsletter, contributing to various wine and food articles. She evaluates wines on the advisory board of Santé magazine. Moving from table to farm, she helps manage the Newhall Farm estate in Reading, Vermont. Linda has overseen the planting of a vineyard with cold-weather grapes and apple orchards for the production of Newhall Farm Ice Cider. Linda also currently serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Wine and Grape Council and the Vermont Ice Cider Association.
As founding chair of The American Institute of Wine and Food, (AIWF) Vermont chapter circa 1982, Ted Fondulas enjoys educating the public to the pleasures of the table, and to the artful pairing of food and wine for which he received the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence in 2001, given to only 50 chefs in the USA. He evaluates wine for Sante magazine. Moving from table to farm, Ted helps manage the Newhall Farm estate in Reading, Vermont. He has overseen the planting of a vineyard with cold-weather grapes and apple orchards for the production of Newhall Farm Ice Cider.
Dorothy Johnson sold the restaurant she operated for 23 years and has been teaching at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York. This year she became the Department Chair of the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Curriculum at City Campus. She is an experienced wine judge with years of evaluating wines at international levels.
Rhiannon Johnson has been judging wine for three years. For the last four years she has worked in the vineyard, winery and tasting room at Shelburne Vineyard in Vermont.
Ethan Joseph currently works as a vineyard manager and winemaker at Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne, Vermont. Shelburne Vineyard makes wine from 15+ acres of wine grapes from their vineyards, as well as other Vermont and locally sourced grapes. He is starting his sixth vintage with Shelburne Vineyard and enjoys having a hand in all aspects of commercial wine production. He has judged wine on the international level for over five years.
Owner of Mad River Vineyard in Waitsfield, Vermont Joseph Klimek specializes in cold climate grapes. He has trained in winemaking procedures and wine testing at Cornell University and has extensive knowledge in organic and biodiversity vineyard techniques. Mr. Klimek has traveled and studied winemaking and vineyard techniques in France, Italy, California and Canada. He also has several years of experience judging wines at large competitions.
Nina Livellara Koch
Nina Koch is a Certified Specialist Of Wine through the Society Of Wine Educators. Recently, Nina has completed her Level 3 Certification in advanced wine education through the Wine Spirits Education Trust at the Vermont Wine School. When not cooking up something creative in her kitchen, she can be found volunteering at local Vermont vineyards picking grapes, or discovering wines for her next wine education class. Nina currently manages the wine tasting room for East Shore Vineyard in Burlington, Vermont.
Mary Jane Lamelin
Mary Jane Lamelin is a member of Amenti del Vino and the American Wine Society. Her wine tasting experience includes winery tours and visits in France, Italy, the Napa, Sonoma, and Temecula regions of California, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia. She is constantly improving her skills by attending wine education courses at Manchester Community College of Connecticut. Mary Jane has over a decade of wine judging experience at the international level.
Micheal Lamelin is a member of Amenti del Vino and the American Wine Society. His wine tasting experience includes winery tours and visits in France, Italy, the Napa, Sonoma, and Temecula regions of California, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia. He is constantly improving his skills by attending wine education courses at Manchester Community College of Connecticut. He has over a decade of wine judging experience at the international level.
Charlie Landino is a co-founder of the American Wine Society (AWS) chapter wine club in Hudson, Massachusetts, and has been studying and tasting wine for many years. He is a third-year participant in the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program.
Anastasia Lemaire is a retired educator from Tolland, Connecticut. She is a partner in conducting Wine and Food Pairing seminars across the country for about 15 years. She is a member of the American Wine Society since 1988 and has judged in many wine competitions for the last 15 years. She has judged in the WineMaker Magazine Competition 5 times.
Glenn Lemaire is Professor Emeritus of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Manchester Community College Manchester, Connecticut where he has taught Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management and Wines, Beers and Spirits for 38 years. A member of the American Wine Society since 1988, he has presented wine and food pairing seminars across the country for several years. Glenn has been a judge at many wine competitions for the past 20 years. He has judged in the WineMaker Magazine Competition 5 times.
Ralph Negri has been a been an amateur winemaker & member of American Wine Society for five years. The group he makes wine with has combined over 60 years experience making wine. Ralph currently lives in Connecticut. He has several years of experience as a wine judge.
KC Niebling started out as a sommelier in Boston and Cape Cod and moved back to Vermont to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in wine growing's production at Shelburne Vineyard where she spent three seasons. She has over five years of wine judging experience at past competitions.
Ivan Riggle belongs to the Laurel Highlands American Wine Society and has been making wine and beer from home for over 14 years. He became an American Wine Society Certified Wine Judge in 2009 but has been judging for the past 5 years. In a typical year Ivan will judge in 6-7 competitions.
Robert Herold, a past American Wine Society Director of Education Services, currently grows grapes and makes wine from his private vineyard and winery in Connecticut. He has competed successfully in AWS and other national competitions, and is an adjunct instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College, at M&M Family of Wine, and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, teaching both viticulture and winemaking. He was named Connecticut Wine Person of the Year in 2003 by Amenti del Vino and has served as the Supporting Member Liaison to the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association. He is a veteran judge participating in amateur and commercial wine competitions over the last two decades.
Rayona Hobbs first became interested in wine in the 1970s while living in Germany, and has been interested in cooking since she was a child. She started her wine education by taking classes at Manchester Community College of Connecticut, and has been continuing her education and volunteering at wine competitions ever since. She has traveled extensively across the country, visiting as many wine regions as possible, and enjoys meeting and talking to winemakers in her travels. She has been a judge at the WineMaker competition for several years, and continues to seek out wine educational opportunities as often as possible.
Barry St. Pierre
Barry St. Pierre considers winemaking to be a passion of his and has received many awards from amateur winemaking competitions, including a couple of Best in Show awards. Barry has completed an intensive three years of training from the AWS to be certified as a wine judge and is trained on the utilization of the AWS 20-point scale utilized at the WineMaker Competition. He is a member of the American Wine Society, and a Regional Vice President for the American Wine Society.
Mary Riggle lives in Tipton, Pennsylvania and is a member of the Laurel Highlands American Wine Society and achieved Certified Wine Judge in 2009. She has been judging wines for 5 years and hope to continue for many more.
Harvey Reissig has had wine judging experience at the New York State Fair Amateur and Commercial Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Eastern International Wine Competition, Virginia State Fair Wine Competition, Eastern States Exposition Big E Wine Competition, and American Wine Society Amateur and Commercial Wine Competition. Harvey is the coordinator of the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition and American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition and author of monthly wine column, "The Grape Guru" for the Finger Lakes Times Newspaper in Geneva, New York. He is currently a wine consultant and educator for New York Wine Samplers (Vendors of 50 ml wine sampler kits) and a member of taste panels at Cornell University to evaluate wines from new grape cultivars and research trials.
John Ruckes has been judging wines for the last 13 years. His judging has included both amateur and commercial competitions, including the Connecticut Amateur Wine, the International Commercial Wine, the Pennsylvania Commercial Wine, Colorado Commercial Wine, the Big E Wine, and the WineMaker Magazine Amateur Wine competitions.
Gary Schaefer has combined his love of travel and wine for twenty years. Has has traveled extensively enjoying many wine regions, judging both commercially and for amateur competitions for the American Wine Society. Gary has taught wine appreciation classes in Connecticut and continues his personal education through the Amanti del Vino and American Wine Society.
Mark Simakaski is co-owner and meadmaker at Artesano Meadery of Groton, Vermont. He produces several varieties of mead along with his wife, Nichole. Mark and Nichole left the corporate world and joined the Peace Corps and served in Paraguay teaching beekeeping in a rural community. It was during this time that they make their first bottle of mead in a gallon jug. Upon their return, they moved to central Vermont to start a small boutique winery that uses local honey and fruit.
Steve Small is the general manager of Yankee Wine and Stop & Shop Save Liquors, both located in Newton, Connecticut. He has a diploma of Wine & Spirits from Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London England. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Australia, Argetina, Chile, France, Spain, Italy and Austria and has 25 years experience in fine wine business. He has 8 years judging experience for the WineMaker Magazine Wine Competition.
This was Paul Stetson's 8th year judging the WineMaker Magazine Competition. He is a member of American Wine Society and has taken their classes in judging wines. He has judged a number of competitions for various organizations. Recently has spent time in wine regions of South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and Alsace.
Walt Rachele has been a long standing member of the American Wine Society(1984) where he graduated from the Wine Judge Certification Program(1994) and returned to it as an instructor where he continues to be active. He has participated as a judge in several competitions such as Maryland Governor's Cup, the New Jersey Governor's Cup and the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup as well in several local county festivals at both the commercial and amateur levels.
Kathy Webb is an American Wine Society certified wine judge. She was a judge for WineMaker magazine in 2011. She has judged for the Indy International wine competition 2011-2013. She is a food and wine writer for Wine in Georgia.
Leanne Wheeler is a member of The American Wine Society where she is in the third year of the Wine Judge Certification Program. This is Leanne's third year judging at the Winemaker Magazine Competition.
Anne Whyte has been a homebrewer for over 20 years making beer, cider and wine. She is a Nationally ranked BJCP beer judge and has also entered competitions. Anne has operated Vermont Homebrew Supply with her husband and partner, Matt, for 18 years.