UWC Judges

Patricia Savoie
Patricia Savoie
Journalist
Patricia Savoie

Pat Savoie is a wine and culinary travel writer living in New York City. She authors a bi-monthly column for Beverage Media, a trade publication, called "NYC Wine Lists," where she reviews restaurant's wine lists.

She is a contributor to John Mariani's Virtual Gourmet Newsletter and was a frequent contributor to the former Sommelier Journal magazine and to Wine Enthusiast magazine. She was the wine columnist for ICON magazine for ten years. ICON is distributed in Hunterdon County/Princeton, NJ, and Bucks County/Philadelphia, PA.

Pat was Co-Chair of the Wine Media Guild, an organization for professional wine writers, for ten years until June 2019.  She worked on organizing all of the lunch tastings. She also is a member of the Wine Scholars Guild.

Pat was one of the first to create materials for wine education. After a year-long trip around the world in the early 1970s, she and co-author John Gottfried recognized the need for information for budding wine lovers. The book "A Wine Tasting Course: The Practical Way to Learn about Wine" (McKay & Company 1978) was the first book that taught readers how to learn about wine.

She also has written for Wine Business Monthly, where her article on the Charbono grape/wine remains the definitive article on that grape/wine. She and a co-author created for Fairleigh Dickinson University and The New York Times a multi-class, online course on wine, Discovering the World of Wine, that includes over 20 videos .

Pat also has experience in the retail wine sector. From 2003 until 2005, she owned and ran a retail wine store called Big Nose Full Body in Brooklyn. It received much praise in the press, including being named by the Village Voice the "Best Neighborhood Wine Store in NYC" in 2004.