The second annual Sunset International Wine Competition's judging panel includes these notable winemakers, journalists, and wine educators
2013 Sunset International Wine Competition Judges


Honorary Chair: Joel Peterson, Founder and Winemaker, Ravenswood, and Senior Vice President, Constellation Brands

Bryan Avila, Winemaker and Professor, Viticulture & Winery Technology, Napa Valley College

Bob Betz, Master of Wine, and Founder and Winemaker, Betz Family Winery

Paul Dolan, Owner, Winemaker, and Winegrower, Paul Dolan Family Vineyards

Adam LaZarre, Owner and Winemaker, LaZarre Wines

Rob McNeill, Director of Winemaking, Don Sebastiani & Sons

Macario Montoya, Assistant Winemaker, Piña Napa Valley

Marcus Notaro, Winemaker, Col Solare

Jeff O’Neill, Owner, Ram’s Gate Winery and O’Neill Vintners and Distillers

Tegan Passalaqua, Winegrower, Turley Wine Cellars

Christian Roguenant, Vice President, Winemaking, Niven Family Wine Estate

Jeffrey Stambor, Director of Winemaking, Beaulieu Vineyard

Thomas K. Stutz, Winemaker, La Rochelle Winery

Mike Sullivan, Winemaker, GM, and Partner, Benovia Winery

Bob Swain, Winemaker, Mendocino Wine Company

Michael Weis, Winemaker, Groth Vineyards & Winery



Honorary Chair: Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset magazine

Randy Caparoso, Bottom Line Editor, Sommelier Journal

Cole Danehower, Publisher, and Author, Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest

Laurie Daniel, Wine Writer, Bay Area News Group and Wines & Vines

Ronald Holden, Journalist, and

Jordan Mackay, Wine and Spirits Writer, San Francisco magazine, and Author, Passion for Pinot and Secrets of the Sommeliers

Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa and for

Tim Teichgraeber, Wine and Spirits Writer, Opus Vino, San Francisco Chronicle, Cooking Club, and City Pages

John Vankat, Wine Writer, Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine and Arizona Daily Sun

Robert Whitley, Wine Columnist, Creators Syndicate, and Publisher,



Honorary Chair: Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier and longtime Education Chair and Director of Education for the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Americas

Jason Alexander, General Manager, Meteor Vineyard

Bob Bath, Master Sommelier and Wine and Beverage Instructor, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

Jim Blumling, VP of Alcohol and Tobacco, Safeway, Inc.

Mark Chandler, Certified Specialist of Wine; Owner, Chandler & Company; and Executive Director, WineAmerica

Rebecca Chapa, Certified Wine Educator and Owner, Tannin Management

Kimberly Charles, Diploma in Wine and Spirits and Founder, Charles Communications Associates, LLC

Joe Ciatti, Principal, Zepponi & Co.

Mark Davidson, Education Director, Wine Australia

Patrick D. Dodd, Certified Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator, and Senior Director, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Traci Dutton, Beverage Manager and Sommelier, Culinary Institute of America

Peter Granoff, Master Sommelier and Co-Owner, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Eugenio Jardim, Wine Director, Jardinìere

Margie Ferree Jones, Certified Wine Educator, Certified Sommelier, and Associate Professor, Collins College of Hospitality Management, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Peter Marks, Master of Wine and Vice President of Education, Constellation Academy of Wine

Elaine Marshall, Advanced Certified Wine Professional; Wine Educator, Culinary Institute of America; and Owner, Marshall Wine Company

Roland Micu, MS, Assistant Director of Wine Education, International Culinary Center

Sally Mohr, Master Sommelier

Burke Owens, Marketing and Communications Director, Continuum Estate

Steven Poe, MS, Beverage Director, Big Canyon Country Club

Ron Rawlinson

Dawn Smith, Sommelier

David Stevens, Senior Consultant, Davon International

Debbie Zachareas, Partner, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant


CONSULTING JUDGE: Paul Wagner, Owner, Balzac Communications & Marketing

LOGISTICS MANAGER: Rebecca Murphy, Founder, Dallas Morning News & TexSom International Wine Competition

 Enter the Sunset International Wine Competition now through March 22, 2013.   

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