MEET THE JUDGES

Jennifer Beckmann

Jennifer Beckmann

Jennifer is the Marketing Director, Sommelier and Educator for a boutique winery, Kuhlman Cellars, in Stonewall, Texas.

Cara Bertone

Cara Bertone

Cara Bertone is a Territory Sales Manager for Negociants USA and has been involved in wine since 2001.

Jesse Brantley

Jesse Brantley

Jesse Brantley is Beverage Director for Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood where she manages the wine list, hosts wine events and acts as Sommelier.

Jaime Chozet

Jaime Chozet

Bio to come

Jim Cubberley

Jim Cubberley

Jim Cubberley has been in the wine business since 1993, and in that time has worked every major area of hospitality, including restaurants, retail and wholesale.

Julia Dixon

Julia Dixon

Bio to come

Peter Gatti

Peter Gatti

Peter is currently the Director of Education at Twin Liquors.

Jon Gerber

Jon Gerber

Bio to come

Sam Hovland

Sam Hovland

Sam is currently the Wine Collections Advisor at Vine Vault at 501 Congress.

Chris Howell

Chris Howell

Chris Howell is a Fine Wine Specialist with Republic National Distributing Company.

Miguel Lecuona

Miguel Lecuona

Miguel Lecuona runs a marketing service company, Wine Marketing Guide LLC, with clients in Texas, Virginia, New York, and Bordeaux

Oscar Montes Iga

Oscar Montes Iga

Oscar is a Certified Executive Chef of Wine Arts and a Master Candidate with the International Wine Guild. He’s also a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and was awarded the Specialist of Wine certification through the Society of Wine Educators.

Rob Moshein

Rob Moshein

Rob currently consults with Austin-area restaurants, writes, blogs, is a wine educator and a national brand Ambassador in the US for the Bordeaux Wine Council.

Nathan Prater

Nathan Prater

Nathan is in the process of starting his own business that will offer services in all aspects of beverage education and consulting.

Mark Rashap

Mark Rashap

Mark Rashap is one of only a few Certified Wine Educators (CWE) in Austin, and works for the certifying body The Society of Wine Educators.

Ron Weiss

Ron Weiss

Bio to come

Rae Wilson

Rae Wilson

Rachel ‘Rae’ Wilson is a wine consultant based in Austin, Texas, providing professional services for the industry including building wine programs, marketing boutique producers, and brand building.