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Meet the Judges for the 2014 Challenges

F. Paul Pacult
F. Paul Pacult judge for spirits judge for wine
Chairman of Judging. Author, Journalist and Educator
As America’s Spirits Guru, Paul is publisher/editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal; contributing editor for Beverage Dynamics; and...
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Sean Ludford
Sean Ludford judge for spirits judge for wine
Co-Chairman of Judging. Journalist and Consultant
Sean Ludford has been involved in the beverage industry for more than two decades. He has an eclectic resume including stints at restaurants...
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Jacques Bezuidenhout
Jacques Bezuidenhout judge for spirits
Consultant and Buyer
Jacques began his career as a bartender 16 years ago, working in bars and restaurants in South Africa.
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Christy Canterbury
Christy Canterbury judge for wine
Master of Wine and Journalist
Christy Canterbury is one of twenty-nine US Masters of Wine. She is a journalist, public speaker and judge based in Manhattan...
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Tad Carducci
Tad Carducci judge for spirits
Buyer and Consultant
Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist and general bon vivant, with over twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry.
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James Conley
James Conley judge for spirits judge for wine
Buyer, Sommelier
Brooklyn native James Conley is proud to call Keens Steakhouse his professional home.
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Dale Degroff
Dale Degroff judge for spirits
Author, Educator, Journalist
Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, aka King Cocktail, developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at great establishments...
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Leo DeGroff
Leo DeGroff judge for spirits
Bartender, Buyer, Consultant
Leo began his career behind bars long before he was old enough to drink at one...
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Doug Frost
Doug Frost judge for wine
Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, Educator
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits.
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Mary Gorman-McAdams
Mary Gorman-McAdams judge for wine
Master of Wine, Buyer, Consultant
Passionate about wine, Mary holds the DWS – Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London – a rigorous program...
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Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon judge for spirits
Bartender, Educator, Buyer

Sean Kenyon was born to be behind a bar...

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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan judge for spirits
Buyer, Bar Owner, Bartender
Jim Meehan’s career behind the bar spans fifteen years, from Madison, Wisconsin to New York City.
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John McClement
John McClement judge for wine
Buyer

John McClement is Wine and Spirits Director of All Weather Management, a New York based restaurant group that includes Keens Steakhouse, Noho Star, Temple Bar and Elephant and Castle.

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Dan Nicolaescu
Dan Nicolaescu judge for spirits
Bartender, Consultant
For over a decade, Dan has been educating and exciting customers in New York's restaurants and bars...
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Steven Olson
Steven Olson judge for spirits judge for wine
Educator, Consultant, Journalist
Steve Olson, aka wine geek,  is dedicated to the education and consultation of degustation for appreciation and celebration.
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Jean K. Reilly, MW
Jean K. Reilly, MW judge for wine
Master of Wine, Journalist

Jean K. Reilly, MW is the Director of Wine Buying for JJ Buckley Fine Wines in Oakland, California...

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Will Shine
Will Shine judge for spirits
Consultant, Educator
A leading mixologist renowned for his skill and creativity, Will Shine has been polishing his craft for more than eighteen years.
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Patricia Savoie
Patricia Savoie judge for wine
Journalist

Pat Savoie is a wine and culinary travel writer living in New York City.

She is a frequent contributor to Sommelier Journal magazine, and a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast magazine since 2003...

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Rick Schofield, CWE
Rick Schofield, CWE judge for wine
Wine buyer, Wine Consultant, Wine Educator
Originally from Montréal, Rick Schofield is a Wine Educator & Wine Consultant in New York where he has dedicated the last 20 years of his career to wine...
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Andy Seymour
Andy Seymour judge for spirits
Educator, Buyer, Consultant
An accomplished mixologist and educator, Andy is the owner of Liquids Productions, a consulting firm...
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Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan judge for spirits judge for wine
Master of Wine and Educator
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is the fourth woman in the US to ever achieve the MW title, Master of Wine, the most difficult wine title to achieve in the world.
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Tara Q. Thomas
Tara Q. Thomas judge for wine
Journalist
Tara Q. Thomas has been a writer and editor for Wine & Spirits for over a decade, where she specializes in wines of the Mediterranean.
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David Wondrich, PhD
David Wondrich, PhD judge for spirits
Author, Journalist, Educator
“A living iPod of drink lore and recipes” (the New York Times), or, if you prefer, a “crazy, bearded Civil War general” (Conan O’Brien)...
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