Pacific Rim Wine Competition Judges

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

Costa Mesa, California

Adam Lazarre, Judge
Winemaker, Lazarre Wines

Paso Robles

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
Dr. Chris Taylor, Judge
Educator, Conrad Hilton School of Beverage Management & Hospitality University of Houston

Houston, Texas

David Tieg, Judge
Executive Chef, Roosevelt Hotel

Los Angeles, California

Domenic Galleano, Judge
Winemaker, Galleano Winery

Mira Loma, California

Greg Burns, Judge
Winemaker, Jessie’s Grove Winery

Lodi, California

Jane Halahan-Valentin, Judge
Assistant Winemaker, Beringer Vineyards

Napa Valley, California

Jim Trezise, Judge
President, WineAmerica
Jon McPherson, Judge
Master Winemaker, South Coast Winery & Resort

Temecula, California

Kim McPherson, Judge
Winemaker/Owner, McPherson Cellars


Shawn Richcreek, Judge
Market Manager, Total Wine
Stacie Hunt, Judge
Marketing - Splash Pros

Los Angeles

Wilfred Wong, Judge
In House Wine Critic - Chief Story Teller,

San Francisco, California

In Memoriam

Don Galleano

Mr. Galleano was the President of The Historic Galleano Winery which made it a third generation of wine growers in the Cucamonga Valley. Galleano Winery produces Old Vine Zinfandel and world class Ports, Sherries and Angelica.  He will be sorely missed.

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.   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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