MEET THE JUDGES

Tasting Director:  Daniel Kelada

Daniel is an Executive Sommelier, Master Candidate and Senior Wine Instructor with the International Wine & Spirits Guild and through the Guild teaches accredited wine certifications and seminars in Texas and around the country. He has a background in BioChemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and in 2008, he founded GUSTO Tastings, a wine education company where he could utilize his 16+ years of hospitality experience with a focus and expertise in consulting and event curation. In 2012 he became one of four founding partners in Vinovium Partners, a Texas négociant and winery that specializes in premium wines on tap from Texas and around the world. Daniel is also the current board President and a founding member of the Texas Wine and Food Consortium Inc., a Texas nonprofit organization and the current Tasting Director of the Consortium’s subsidiary, the Texas Wine Journal; whose mission is to build awareness for Texas wine via independent, credible and objective ratings.

Steve Alley

Steve Alley

Steve Alley is the South Central US Regional Manager for The Sorting Table; which is a national importer & marketer of fine wines that focuses on sustainably-grown & family-owned estates.

Jennifer Beckmann

Jennifer Beckmann

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

Shawn Croft

Shawn Croft

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.

Daniela DaSuta

Daniela DaSuta

Daniela DaSuta is the owner and founder of Sekt Wine Consultation, a business that specializes in both professional and consumer wine education, menu consultations and staff training.

Julia Dixon

Julia Dixon

Bio to come

Jon Gerber

Jon Gerber

Jon Gerber is the Director of Wine and Spirits for the On-Premise Division of Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits in Austin, TX.

Sam Hovland

Sam Hovland

Sam has been involved in the Austin food & wine industry for over twenty-five years as a bartender, captain, trainer, and sommelier.

Miguel Lecuona

Miguel Lecuona

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

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.

Oscar Montes Iga

Oscar Montes Iga

Oscar is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators, also certified as Fine Spirits Sommelier & Executive Chef of Wine Arts by the International Wine & Spirits Guild, where he is also a Certified Wine & Spirits Instructor and received the Title of Master Candidate.

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

Ron Weiss has been a restaurateur in Austin since 1975. He is a founding partner of Jeffrey’s Restaurant and Cipollina West Austin Bistro, and has been the operating partner of both.