Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge
Five panels of five judges each for Sunday.
Three panels of five judges each for Monday.
Michael Bishop: retired longtime consultant Green’s, frequent wine judge.
Wayne Crawford: CSW, retired U.S. Army, former COO Harry’s Farmers Market, writes a monthly wine column for “Smoke Signals” in Big Canoe, is writing a book on Georgia wines (to be published in 2017), French Wine Scholar certification, Champagne Master level certification, French Wine Society, in third year of a three-year American Wine Society program as a qualified judge; judge for a number of wine competitions in the South.
Warren Dennis: Longtime Atlanta retailer and wine consultant.
David Harris: BS oenology and viticulture, California State University at Fresno, former winery owner/grape grower.
Debbie Jones: CSW, former wine consultant at Savor Wine Boutique; former wine consultant at Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits (Piedmont). Challenge Judge, 2015.
Gil Kuhlers: Culinary Institute of America, former editor, The Atlanta Wine Report, former retailer, wine writer, Atlanta Journal Constitution (2005-2016), sommelier, Piedmont Driving Club.
Charles Marvil: MS; Former sommelier, Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, SoHo Restaurant, Bhojanic, ph.d. candidate, business administration; current wine instructor, Kennesaw State University, Michael Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.
Greg McCluney: Wine writer, formerly Atlanta Wine Report, freelance wine, food and travel writer; frequent judge (Atlanta Wine Report panels); 2015 Challenge Judge.
Teresa Meggs: CSW, certified sommelier, French wine scholar, WSET.
Ian Mendelsohn: Graduate, Culinary Institute of America, Windows on the World sommelier, working with Andrea Immer, M.S., and Kevin Zraly, manager, wine department, Christie’s Auction House, Wine Director, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas; St. Regis Hotel, Atlanta; passed the Diploma examination, Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Currently owner, Vine & Tap, a wine bar and restaurant.
Matt Mullinax: Graduate, Culinary Institute of America, former winery sales rep with Shannon Vineyards, Sylvania, GA; current sales rep with Atlanta Improvement Company.
Ron Needle: Former distributor and importer (retired).
Lori Pocock: WSET.
Scott Ragland: Level I Sommelier; 11 years in retail, current wine consultant at Piastra restaurant in Marietta.
Thomas Reagan: Retired Delta pilot, U.S. Navy pilot; wine journalist, judge and former distributor—handles the back room. Challenge Master, 2015
Ryan Reardon: Former sommelier for White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, current restaurant co-owner, Bella Italia, Roswell, enthusiastic supporter of Georgia wines.
Don Reddicks: Longtime Atlanta retailer, wine educator, frequent wine judge, with Whole Foods many years. Challenge Judge 2015.
Bill Reynolds: CSW, WSET III and French Wine Scholar; 2015 Challenge Judge.
Michelle Schreck: Vice President, Atlanta Improvement Company, an importer, former restaurant owner, frequent wine judge; Challenge Judge 2015.
Jim Shannon, Jr.: Former owner Shannon Vineyards, Muscadine grape grower.
Wayne Sloop: Retired restaurateur (1907 Restaurant & Bar, Ellijay), Georgia wine enthusiast.
Bill Stack: Grape grower/vineyard owner, former partner Tiger Mountain Vineyards, lawyer, Challenge Judge 2015.
Vajra Stratigos: Food & Beverage Director, Fifth Group.
Beverly Taylor: Wine journalist, former wine columnist Birmingham News, photographer and freelance journalist; frequent wine judge, 2015 Challenge Judge.
Karen Van der Vort: Former winemaker at DeLoach Vineyards and in Georgia at Chateau Elan, consulting viticulturalist.