Pacific Rim Wine Competition Judges

Nicole Varner Orue, Director
Director - Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Brian Orue, Chief Steward
Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Spreti Valente, Chairwoman
Chairwoman - Pacific Rim Wine Competition, Southern California
Jill Blume, Judge, Enology Specialist / Educator
Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
Anna Marie Dos Remedios – Judge – Winemaker
Idle Hour Winery - Yosemite, California
Patrick Dodd, Judge, Consultant /Sommelier
The Wine Dodd - Consulting Agency - Modesto, California
Chris Eberle, Judge, Winemaker
Eberle Winery - Paso Robles, California
Jamie Knee, Judge, Wine Educator
The Petite Wine Traveler - Santa Barbara, California
Brian Marquez, Judge, Winemaker
Wiens Winery, Temecula, California
Ann Miller, Judge – Wine Marketing
Wine Marketing, Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Missouri
Chris Braun, Judge, Wine Imports
Importer of Wines, Advinture, Southern California
Domenic Galleano, Judge, Winemaker
Galleano Winery, Mira Loma, California

Mira Loma, California

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

Temecula, California

Kim McPherson, Judge
Winemaker/Owner, McPherson Cellars


Mathew Wentworth (Red), Judge
Galleano Winery, Southern California
Shawn Richcreek, Judge
Market Manager, Total Wine

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.

Mr. Galleano passed away in June 2021.  He lived a life “well lived” – his life is beautifully chronicled at   He is 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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