Pacific Rim Wine Competition Judges

Don Galleano, Competition Chairman
Owner, Historic Galleano Winery

Mira Loma, California

Nicole Varner Orue, Director
Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Brian Orue, Director & Chief Steward
Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Spreti Valente, Chief Judge
Wine Buyer, Professional Wine Judge, Anne’s Boutique Wines

Costa Mesa, California

Ann Miller, Judge
Wine Marketing, Les Bourgeois Vineyards


Barry Herbst, Judge
Wine Buyer, Bottle Barn

Santa Rosa, California

Charles Mara, Judge
President, Mara Wine Group
Chris Braun, Judge
Importer of Wines, Advinture
Chris Cook, Judge
Superintendent, The Michigan Wine Competition

Detroit, Michigan

Christian Roguenant, Judge
Winemaker, Light Post Winery

Central Coast, California

David Tieg, Judge
Executive Chef, Roosevelt Hotel

Los Angeles, California

David Wilson, Judge
Host, Grape Encounters Radio
Ellen Landis, Judge
Wine Journalist, Ellen on Wine, Certified Sommelier, Wine Educator, International Wine Judge
Francesco Cusimano, Judge
Executive Chef and Owner, Rustico Ristorate

Murrieta, California

Fred Dame, MS, Judge
Master Sommelier

San Francisco, California

Dr. Fred Nury, Judge
Emeritus Professor of Enology, California State University Fresno

Fresno, California

Greg Burns, Judge
Winemaker, Jessie’s Grove Winery

Lodi, California

Gricelda Lopez Gonzalez, Judge
Founder/Winemaker: Ugarte Vinos, Enology Professor: Universidad Autonoma

Baja California, Mexico

Heidi Peterson-Barrett, Judge
Winemaker, Amuse Bouche & La Sirena Wines
Jane Halahan-Valentin, Judge
Assistant Winemaker, Beringer Vineyards

Napa Valley, California

Jennifer Jespersen, Judge
Wine Director, Bodega Bay Lodge
Jill Blume, Judge
Enologist Specialist, Purdue University

Lafayette, Indiana

Jim Hart, Judge
Winemaker, Hart Winery

Temecula, California

Jim Trezise, Judge
President, WineAmerica
John Gorman, Judge
Wine Importer, Southern Starz
Jon McPherson, Judge
Master Winemaker, South Coast Winery & Resort

Temecula, California

Kim McPherson, Judge
Winemaker/Owner, McPherson Cellars


Laurie Sutton, Judge
Wine Director, The California Club
Dr. Richard Peterson, Judge
Winemaker, Author of book “The Winemaker”

Napa, California

Rick Fraga, Judge
Educator & Sommelier, DeLoach Vineyards

Santa Rosa, California

Dr. Robert Small, Judge
Professor Emeritus, Cal Poly Pomona, School of Hospitality, Author, European Travel Consultant


Shauna Rosenblum, Judge
Winemaker, Rock Wall Wines
Shawn Richcreek, Judge
Market Manager, Total Wine
Tim McNally, Judge
Host of The Dine, Wine and Spirits Show WGSO, Columnist and Feature Writer for Wine and Spirits, Editor New Orleans Magazine

New Orleans, Louisiana

Tim Parkhouse, DWS, CWE, CSS, FWS, Judge
Wine Director, The Pacific Club

Newport Beach, California

In Memoriam

Chuck Keagle

Chuck Keagle of Upland, California, was the founder, owner, and CEO of Cask & Cleaver restaurants and the Sycamore Inn. Chuck is a former board member of the Collins School of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly Pomona, and the California Avocado Commission and the California Restaurant Association. Chuck is an avocado grower and former wine grape grower.  Chuck was a valued judge at Pacific Rim Wine Competition for many decades.  He will be missed.

Harry McWatters

Mr. Harry McWatters was the president of Encore Vineyards Ltd., Vintage Consulting Group Inc. and Harry McWatters Inc. In 1980, Mr. McWatters was Chairman of the Board for Viridium Pacific Group Ltd. since June 4, 2018. He founded Sumac Ridge Estate Wine Group, in 1995 he founded See Ya Later Ranch Estate Winery (both acquired by Vincor Canada), he acted as president to both companies and was Vice President of Vincor until 2008. Since 2008, Mr. McWatters has launched TIME Estate Winery and the McWatters Collection. Mr. McWatters was instrumental in founding the VQA Canada and served as its first chairman, and was also the founding chair of the BC Wine Institute and many other foundations and societies in the wine industry. Mr. McWatters received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the Okanagan University college and in 2003 received the prestigious Order of British Columbia for his services in the BC wine industry. He has been the recipient of both the Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals from his Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Harry passed on in 2019 and he was a valued judge and fierce supporter of Pacific Rim Wine Competition. He is sorely missed.

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