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AWS Certified Wine Judges

Need an AWS Certified Judge for your Wine Competition?

The American Wine Society Wine Judge Certification Program (WJCP) is the only program of its kind. Each Certified Judge must pass a comprehensive exam that evaluates their ability to properly taste and score all wine types; Vinifera, Native American and French-American Hybrid grapes as well as fruit and other types of non-grape wines. Certified Judges must re-qualify every five years in order to ensure their palates and skills are still at a level high enough to be certified by AWS.


AWS Certified Judges are available to judge in any recognized amateur or commercial wine competition. Using these judges adds credibility to your event since entrants know their wines will receive accurate and fair evaluation by highly skilled judges. If you would like to inquire about any of the Certified Judges listed below for your competition, please contact the AWS National Office at executivedirector@americanwinesociety.org. We will put you in contact with the judge or judges you are interested in and provide any additional information you need to understand the benefit of using AWS Certified Judges.


Name   State
Edwin Nunez   AL
Kristen Lindelow   AL
Steve Young   AL
Scott Montgomery
Jaime Zapata   AL
Jay Bileti   AZ

Jason Moulton

Bennie Lindeque   CO
Barry St. Pierre   CT
Leanne Wheeler
Peter Cisek
Rusty Hale   FL
Donnie Nettles   FL
Elizabeth Nettles   FL
Judith Kesler   FL
Rikki Paparella    FL
Cindy Sproehnle
Jack Sproehnle
Mark Diehl   GA
Sandi Diehl   GA
Kathryn Webb   GA
Mel Schlachter   IA
Larry Jackson   IL
Vincent Williams   IL
Laurie Jaeger
William Wigle
Carole Hackett   KY
Mary Adams     MA
Charles Landino   MA
Michael Blake   MA
Richard Kaish   MA
Joe Paparella
Elanor Phillips   MA

Nancy Slick
Peter Sui     MD
Gordon Rouse   MN
Aaron Mandel   MO
Jane Duralia   NC
Paul Duralia   NC
Scheryl McDavid   NC
Brenda Cockrell   NC
William Fish   NC 
David Caruso
Eric Feldhake   NJ
John Gizzi   NJ
Diann Greco   NJ
Sharyn Kervyn    NJ
Angelo Martinez    NJ 

Paul Tonacci

Richard Marsden   NM
JoAnn DeGaglia   NY
Meaghan Frank    NY
Lorraine Hems   NY
Judy Kelly    NY
Bob Madill   NY
Annemarie Morse   NY
Jeffrey Stabins   NY
Rick Cusker
Anick Leclerc   OH
Arlene Mole   OH

Susan Coville-Cook 


Joseph Dautlick

Kristin Kraft   PA
Ivan Riggle   PA
Mary Agnes Riggle   PA
Jeff Gorze   PA
Lois Kaneshiki
Kevin Ostrowski   PA
Kingsley Martin   SC
Rick Jelovsek   TN
Sandra Jelovsek   TN
Kingsley Martin
Rex Bambling   VA
David Barber   VA
Melissa Bartlett   VA
Jennifer Crafts   VA
Mike Fritze     VA
Walter Rachele   VA
Patricia Valas   VA
Mike Wassenberg   VA
Ron Natalie
Lynn White   WI




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