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…
Read more >
Christy Canterbury
Christy Canterbury
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…

Read more >
James Conley
James Conley
Buyer, Sommelier
Brooklyn native James Conley is proud to call Keens Steakhouse his professional home. Since 1999, as Service Director…
Read more >
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…
Read more >
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…
Read more >
Jason Hedges
Jason Hedges
Sommelier, Educator, Bartender, Spirits Director
Over the past several years, Jason has had the privilege of studying under and working with some of the most talented…
Read more >
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…

Read more >
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…

Read more >
Jack Mason
Jack Mason
Master Sommelier, Wine Buyer, Educator

Born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in College Station, Texas, Jack Mason began working in local restaurants at a young…

Read more >
Steven Olson
Steven Olson
Educator, Consultant, Journalist
Steve Olson, aka wine geek,  is dedicated to the education and consultation of degustation for appreciation and…
Read more >
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…

Read more >
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

Read more >
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…
Read more >
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…
Read more >
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…
Read more >
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…

Read more >
Tara Q. Thomas
Tara Q. Thomas
Journalist

Tara Q. Thomas has been a writer and editor for Wine & Spirits for over a decade, where she specializes in wines…

Read more >