UWC Judges

F. Paul Pacult
F. Paul Pacult
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…
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James Conley
James Conley
Buyer, Sommelier
Brooklyn native James Conley is proud to call Keens Steakhouse his professional home. Since 1999, as Service Director…
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Vitalii Dascaliuc
Vitalii Dascaliuc
Sommelier, Wine Educator
Vitalii was born and raised in Moldova, the country that holds the world’s record for the largest wine collection...
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Doug Frost
Doug Frost
Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, Educator
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous…
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Tim Gagnon
Tim Gagnon
Wine Buyer and Writer
Tim obtained his WSET certifications while living in London, worked in the cellar at Bernmarl Winery in upstate…
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Jason Hedges
Jason Hedges
Spirits Director, Sommelier, Educator
Jason Hedges is a New York based wine and spirits professional...
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Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
Sake Sommelier and Educator

Chris Johnson fell in love with saké – and the culture and history that surround it – during the three years he spent living…

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Tracy Ellen Kamens
Tracy Ellen Kamens
Consultant, Educator and Writer

Tracy Ellen Kamens is a wine educator, writer and consultant who combines her passion for teaching…

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Dan Nicolaescu
Dan Nicolaescu
Bartender, Consultant
For over a decade, Dan has been educating and exciting customers in New York's restaurants and bars about tastes…
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Steven Olson
Steven Olson
Educator, Consultant, Journalist
Steve Olson, aka wine geek,  is dedicated to the education and consultation of degustation for appreciation and…
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John Rankin
John Rankin
Consultant, Writer
John Rankin worked in hospitality...
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Mike Reilly
Mike Reilly
CSW, Master of Wine candidate, wine technology entrepreneur
Mike's love of wine...
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Tess Rose
Tess Rose
Educator, consultant

New York City, East Village based, Tess has been a lover of food and drink ever since she was a child. Among her skills…

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Patricia Savoie
Patricia Savoie
Journalist

Pat Savoie is a wine and culinary travel writer living in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to Sommelier

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Rick Schofield, CWE
Rick Schofield, CWE
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…
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Francis Schott
Francis Schott
Restaurateur, Bar Owner, Buyer, Consultant, Radio Presenter
In 2006, Francis opened Catherine Lombardi, an Italian-American restaurant based on the cooking of business…
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Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Master of Wine and Educator
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is the fourth woman in the US to ever achieve the…
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Paul Tanguay
Paul Tanguay
Buyer, Consultant

In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, with stops in multiple cites and countries, if you ask Paul how he got…

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