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, leads 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.
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. He then started Snow Farm Vineyards, where he is 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.
After being enrolled in a Viticulture and Enology program at Colorado State University, David Tiun worked at Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes as Vineyard Manager. He then moved on as Head Cidermaker at 1911 Hard Cider and in 2015 took the job as Cidermaker at Eden Specialty Ciders in Newport, VT.
Tegan Biun's passion for wine led to a career in the tasting rooms at Swedish Hill Winery and subsequently Bellwether Cidery and Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She progressed into wine production full-time at Montezuma and Idol Ridge Wineries. Tegan currently work at Eden Specialty Ciders in Vermont as Tasting Bar Manager and Assistant Cidermaker. She has judged at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition and in 2016 attended CiderCon and took the Level 1 Cider Certification Program.
Nick Boulas has been making wine for over 20 years and has medaled at the 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.
Christian Brouillette began his experience with wine as an amateur winemaker 13 years ago. After joining the winemaker club in Quebec (AVAQ), Christian became the president of the club and has been part of the Wine Judges of Canada since 2009. This is Christian's third participation in WineMaker magazine's competition.
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.
Grant Crandall has been the Chapter Chair of the American Wine Society's Northern Virginia chapter and is registered in the American Wine Society's Wine Judge Certification program. He is an active member of the German Wine Society's Washington, D.C. chapter. Grant actively works to support the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association's programs, including its annual wine competition.
JoAnn DeGaglia is a Certified Specialist of Wine as well as a Certified Sommelier and a Wine Educator. She works part time as a Sommelier at the Tarry Lodge in New York and Brotherhood Americas Oldest Winery. JoAnn is a Third Year Wine Judge Candidate of the American Wine Society.
Bill Fish, is an American Wine Society Certified Wine Judge and a member of The American Wine Society, Tasters Guild International and the French Broad Vignerons. In addition to wine exploration and tastings across the United States, Bill lived in Europe for five years and frequently visited the famous vineyards in Germany, France and Italy. Bill is the Chief Judge for the Asheville (NC) Wine and Food Festival Wine Competitions and the CiderFest NC cider competition. Bill regularly judges at the annual Tasters Guild International Wine Judging, Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition, Wines of the South and more recently at the North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition, the American Wine Society Annual Wine Competitions and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
Carol Gagliardi has been making wine for over 20 years and has medaled at the American Wine Society Amateur Wine Competition. Carol Gagliardi is a member of the American Wine Society and attended wine judging classes through the New York State Wine and Culinary Center and was a judge for the Golden Nose Wine Competition in 2012 and 2013. Carol grew up in an Italian family of wine makers and shares the passion of making her own wine at home. Carol has been a wine judge for Wine Maker International Amateur Wine Competition for the past 4 years. Carol grows her own grapes in upstate New York and has assisted local vineyards with their harvesting and tasting events.
For over 25 years Dave has been part of the Ontario Wine Industry. Currently he is the LCBO Sales Manager for Vineland Estates Winery in which he is responsible for Vineland's sales activity in the United States. Dave has worked for RJ Grape Products and was involved with the sales, marketing and distribution of their award winning line of wine kits throughout North America. He has been an active member, session presenter and educator with the American Wine Society.
Dr. Larry Jackson has over three decades winemaking experience, with his own vineyard at home and recently one of the founding owners of a new winery. Larry is a retired Senior Research Scientist from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an American Wine Society certified wine judge and has done sommelier training with the International Wine Guild.
Rick Jelovsek is an American Wine Society Member and Third Year Wine Judge Student. He is a Wine Educator and member of Society of Wine Educators (SWE), a Certified Specialist of Wine from SWE and French Wine Scholar from the French Wine Society.
Sandy Jelovsek is an American Wine Society Member and Third Year Wine Judge Student. She is also an Attorney Experienced in State Wine Laws.
Charlie Landino has been a wine connoisseur for twenty years, and has intensified his wine expertise in the last 12 years with formal study and training. He is a chapter chair in the American Wine Society and is an AWS certified wine judge. He has also earned the French Wine Scholar designation from the Wine Scholar Guild. As a wine educator, he leads monthly adventures into wine knowledge and appreciation in the AWS chapter. He also collects and ages wine. Charlie has judged wine at The AWS conference, Winemaker Magazine and several other amateur and commercial wine competitions.
Maureen Macdonald is a University of Vermont graduate who studied viticulture and oenological science at UCONN and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her professional career began as a corporate cocktail designer for a large Boston based restaurant group and she now currently holds the position of winemaker for Cassidy Hill Vineyard in Coventry CT. She is an active member of AWS and has received medals from the Amenti del Vino International Competition and Big E Wine Competition on behalf of Cassidy Hill.
Christina Musto, is a long-term member of the American Wine Society (AWS) and has been working with wine grapes since she was 11 years old. Christina graduated from Sonoma State University with her Wine Business MBA and completed the UC Davis Orientation into Viticulture course. She is a founding member of the Women Winemakers of Connecticut group and attended the Sommelier Society of America. She has worked for Beckstoffer Vineyards field sampling, Wooden Valley Winery in their tasting room, and helped pour at multiple events for Ceja Vineyards. Currently she works at Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC, helping source wine grapes for home makers and wineries.
Ron Natalie is an American Wine Society certified wine judge who holds an Advanced Certificate with distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (with distinction) and recognized as a Connoisseur of Wine by Robert Parker and Kevin Zraly. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine and life member of the American Wine Society. Ron is founding co-chair of the Catawba (NC) chapter of the AWS and has produced two vintages of wine at the Vint Hill Winery.
Joseph Paparella has been an amateur winemaker for 16 years. He has been a member of the American Wine Society for 6 years and is in his third year of the American Wine Society certified wine judge program. Joseph is currently the Chapter Chair of the Worcester Chapter of the American Wine Society.
Rikki Paparella been an amateur winemaker for several years, making wine from her own small backyard vineyard of Marechal Foch. She's been an active member of the American Wine Society for four years and is the co-chair of the AWS chapter in Worcester, MA. She is in her second year of the AWS certified wine judge program.
Jason is a veteran home brewer and winemaker from Londonderry, NH with a passion for small batch and offbeat creations. With nearly 100 medals to his credit Jason has found success with a variety of beverages and in many different competitions, both large and small. Amongst his awards are a Best in Show from the New England Regional Homebrew Competition, three Meadmaker of the Year awards as well as numerous gold, silver and bronze medals for wine, mead, beer and cider. More recently Jason has attained BJCP judge certification for both beer and mead. Jason has previously written for WineMaker magazine and has also been a presenter at three WineMaker Magazine annual conferences.
Scott Prom is the owner of Shelburne Vineyard located in Shelburne, Vermont. He has consistently won awards at local state fairs, including Best of Show for a 1992 Lemberger. Scott’s passion has been slightly more in the winemaking side than the vineyard and now views each bottle as a work of art – reflecting the winemaker and his style. Scott lives in Shelburne, VT, just a short walk through the woods from the new winery with his wife LynnAnn, daughter Erin and son Riley.
Walter Rachele, has been a long standing member of the American Wine Society since 1984, in which he graduated from the Wine Judge Certification Program in 1994 and returned to it as an instructor where he continues to be active. Walter was a founding member of the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine an international organization with chapters in the United States. He has served on the AWS Board of Directors as Treasurer and currently is a board member of the AWS Educational Foundation and is part of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, Board of Directors. He has judged in several competitions such as MD, NJ and PA Governor’s Cup, WineMaker magazine’s Amateur Competition as well in several local county festivals at both the commercial and amateur levels.
Ivan Riggle is a Certified Wine Judge, part of the American Wine Society with 10 years judging commercial and amateur wines. He is co-Instructor for wine experience classes and a wine presenter at wine dinners. Ivan coordinates local wine events and has presented classes on wine judging to local American Wine Society members. He is a home wine maker winning awards locally, regionally and nationally and has traveled extensively in the US to many wine regions.
Mary Agnes Riggle
Mary Riggle is a Certified Wine Judge, part of the American Wine Society and has 10 years judging experience. She has participated in local, regional, national and international commercial and amateur wine competitions. Mary is the Chairperson of the AWS National Amateur Competition and Wine Experience. She is a Co-Instructor for wine judge training classes and a wine presenter at wine dinners. Mary is a home wine and mead maker winning awards locally, regionally and nationally, and started a regional home made wine competition under the guidelines of the American Wine Society. Mary coordinates multiple local wine events exposing folks to Wine Judging Bios and a wide variety of wines.
Holly Rochefort studied wine at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop School. She is a graduate of the UC Davis Winemaking program and is also a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. Holly was the Assistant then Head Winemaker at East Shore Vineyard in Vermont from 2009 until 2015. She now runs The Elements of Wine where she is a private winemaking consultant and works on direct to consumer wine education.
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, 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 wine manager at Yankee Wine & Spirits in Newtown, Connecticut. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and has attained a Level 4 Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (DWS). Steve has tasted wine around the globe including vineyard visits to France, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, California, Washington, Oregon, and New York. He has experience in all aspects of the wine trade including restaurants, retail and distribution.
Pat Valas is an American Wine Society Certified Judge as well as being an instructor for the AWS wine judge training program. She has been judging wine competitions since 1995 and this is her third year judging for WineMaker Magazine. She currently does free-lance wine consulting, wine writing and wine education. She has traveled with the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine to various international conferences over the past dozen years and holds a DeLong Century Club certificate, having tasted 100 different wine varietals and is working toward her second 100.
Leanne Wheeler is an American Wine Society certified wine judge and holds a WSET foundation level certificate. This is Leanne's sixth time judging at the WineMaker Magazine competition.