Judges

The Denver International Spirits Competition is conducted double-blind by a seasoned panel of beverage professionals. Our judging panel consists of sommeliers, retail buyers, journalists, mixologists, and beverage directors. All judges undergo a daily calibration class designed to maintain consistent evaluation and scoring of all spirits.

Transparency

Our competition rules strictly prohibit accepting judges that are affiliated in any way with companies that have entered products in our competition.

Our competition is expanding rapidly and we are currently seeking to add seasoned judges to our panel. To apply for consideration, please email your credentials and bio to Christopher J. Davies
cdavies@winecountrynetwork.com

2020 Competition Chairs

Christopher J. Davies
C0-Founder, Chairman
Wine Country Network, Inc
Competition Director

Darcy R. Davies
Co-Founder, President
Wine Country Network, Inc
Competition Operations

Lead Judge & Panel Chair
Larry Wilcox
Certified Spirit Sommelier & Spirits Judge
Top Shelf Liquor Consulting, LLC​

Past Judges

Brad  Beck
The Golden Bee
The Broadmoor
Bar Manager

Micheal Beseda
Spirit Specialist
Republic National Distribution Company

Blair Bowman
Whisky Consultant & Author
Founder of World Whisky Day

Andrew  Burton
Argonaut Wine & Liquor
Liquor Buyer

Julie Calabrese
Morton's The Steakhouse
Sales & Events Manager
Sommelier

Carol Chamberlain
SWI, EWS, ESS, MC, CWJ
International Wine & Spirits Guild
Certified Spirits Sommelier

William Davis
CWE, CSS, AIWS,
Wilson Daniels
Advanced Sommelier

Bryan Dayton
Owner & Mixologist
Oak at Fourteenth/ Acorn

Jim Denier
Independent Beverage Professional
Certified Beverage Professional

Adam Douglas
Peak Beverage
Director of Operations

Dave Elger
Hot Mixology TV Host

Kevin Galaba
Food & Beverage Professional
Local Marketing Manager
Colorado Beverage Analyst Magazine

Kristofer Garrand
Food and Beverage Professional
Sales Representative
Classic Beverage Company

Alexandra (Allie) Geppert
Food & Beverage Professional
Owner of Mandala Strategies

Justin Gilman CSW, CSS
Buyer and Manager
Bonnie Brea Liqours

Lenny Gotter
Lenny Gotter Brand Consultants
President

Stan  Holzwart
Certified Spirits Instructor
International Wine and Spirits Guild

John Haven
Independent Beverage Professional
Certified Beverage Professional

Alexander Hebert
Divino Wine & Spirits
Liquor Sales

Dylan Holcomb
Beatrice & Woodsley
Hot Mixology Cocktail Conservator
Mixologist

Natalie Hughes
European Wines & Spirits
Spirit Portfolio Specialist

Ron Johnson
Branded Spirits
Regional Sales Manager

Tony Menechella
Food & Beverage Professional
Certified Specialist of Spirits
President, Central KY Spirits Society
National Spirits Judge

Jakim J. Noske
Food & Beverage Professional

Jonathan Odde
The Burns Pub
Founder

Robert Sickler
The Voice of Whiskey
Finn's Manor Beverage Director
Whiskey Ambassador

Matthew Wyant
Former Distiller
Bouck Brothers Distillery
Consulting Distiller and Brewmaster

TJ Vong
Tag Restaurant Group
Lead Bartender

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